How to become mindful when eating...
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So our lives are busy - the list of to-dos is l-o-n-g, our schedules are packed to bursting and we still need to eat!
If you're like most of us then you eat while you're on your way to pick up the kids, do the grocery shopping or while watching u10 rugby...
As a result - we choose fast and convenient over nutritious and satisfying.
And then what happens?
Our health starts going pear-shaped as our waistlines go apple shaped!
We begin to develop symptoms of an unwell body like moodiness, cellulite, gas, bloating, foggy brain, sore joints, low energy and weight gain.
How can you move away from unhealthy, rushed eating times to slow and aware?
A couple of ways because most of us dont have the luxury of changing our schedules completely.
When you eat while doing something else then you are not focussing on all that goes into your mouth.
Because you're not focussed on your snack or meal you find that it is gone before you know it.
And it can leave you feeling empty.
Slow down while you eat.
Chew your food more - at least 20 times - ideally 30 times!
This actually has a physical benefit in that it is aiding the digestion of your food, since digestion starts in your mouth.
That's what saliva is for!!!
But while you are chewing and eaating slowly become aware of the texture of the food you havee chosen. Take a breath and put yoru fork down between mouthfuls.
Assess your fullness and how hungry you are.
When we eat while doing something else like working or driving or standing then we can eat to beyond fullness.
To feeling uncomfortable witha sore tummy.
This can often happen in a social setting with friends and family. It happened to me just a while ago.
And I went to bed feeling very uncomfortable and with a slightly sore tummy.
Overeating can become a habit and if that happens then you're going to be eating extra calories.
Which if you dont burn up are inevitably going to stored as FAT...
Use this simple scale to rate your hunger.
Only eat when you're at 3 or 4.
Waiting to eat when you're at 5 or 6 will leave you grabbing anything, usually convenient and low in nutrition.
Sometimes you can think you're hungry even though you've
Sensory cues like seeing food and smelling food can increase your appetite even when you don't need to eat.
Think about when you go to a food market or a farmers market or even the grocery store and you have literally just eaten a meal! and you smell food cooking... mmm mmm.
So keep a snack pack of nuts and biltong on hand. You don't need the samoosa or the jaffle or the boerewors roll.
When you're cold then you may want to eat more.
Here's the thing. Your body is like an old fashioned paraffin heater.
Just like a heater needs paraffin to warm a room, your body also burns more calories to keep you warm.
If you're feeling cold then enjoy a hot cup of herbal tea or take a brisk walk up and down the stairs/ passage at work or around the block to get your blood flowing.
Just as an aside - sitting for more than 20 minutes can slow your metabolism...
If you feel hungry when you're stressed then it is probably comfort and support you are looking for.
Rather than choosing the chocolate or packet of chips find something else to do.
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Do you get any of these symptoms?
Headaches Migraines Insomnia Muscle cramps/pain
High blood pressure Anxiety Depression Panic attacks
Constipation Fatigue Poor memory Type 2 diabetes
You could be lacking in magnesium.
It is, in a round about way, responsible for more than 700 processes in our bodies.
It is important to our health but the majority of us don't get enough magnesium.
It is needed by our nervous system, bones, muscles, heart and brain to function. When we dont receive enough magnesium then we get these symptoms.
Why are we deficient?
Just 100 years ago a normal diet would have provided 500mg of magnesium / day.
But today because of mineral depletion in the soil, medications, toxins in the environment and
the consumption of sugar, alcohol, caffeine and grains
deficiency has resulted with less magnesium being available to our body to use for vital functions.
Magnesium is required for the chemical process that allows insulin to move glucose into your cells for energy production.
If there isn't enough magnesium then insulin and glucose levels rise in your blood stream.
And the excess glucose is stored as FAT. So magnesium can help to reduce insulin resistance and help you to burn the stored fat as energy.
Magnesium is also needed for the reduction of stress.
It supports the adrenal glands which control the release of cortisol and adrenaline. These 2 hormones are linked to the fight or flight stress response.
When it comes to sleep, magnesium supports muscle relaxation. It also helps your body to make melatonin - the sleep hormone.
And when it comes to energy, magnesium is needed for making adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
Remember that from Biology?
The Krebs Cycle?
So ATP is the currency of energy for our body.
ATP and energy set the tone for your metabolism. In other words when you have low ATP then your energy will be low and your metabolism will be low.
By increasing your magnesium it stands to reason tht your energy levels and metabolism should increase.
The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) is 350 - 400mg which is LESS than what were eating 100 years ago - 500mg!!!
And when you don't have enough magnesium your body is not able to cope with the stress and illness of modern day.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, the author of The Magnesium Miracle, suggests taking up to 800mg of magnesium per day.
You can eat
avos, nuts, pumpking an sesame seeds, fish and dark green leafy vegetables
to help increase your magnesium intake.
However, it will be difficult to eat enough so supplementing is a serious consideration.
Look for magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate.
Citrate comes in a bio-available form and is not stored in the body.
Glycinate provides the highest level of absorption.
The best way to enhance your absorption is to spread your magnesium intake over your day. So have some at breakfast, lunch and before bed time.
Epsom Salt Bath
The answer to a good night's sleep!
2 cups of Epsom Salts in a bath before bed.
Add 10 drops of lavender oil to aid relaxation and better sleep.
As magnesium is absorbed through the skin a bath will help to relax your muscles and detoxify your body.
You can add 1/2 - 1 cup to your children's bath to help them sleep better.
If you start to feel worse after taking magnesium it could be a result of your body detoxing.
The magnesium helps to remove chemicals and heavy metals from your cells, so it is possible that you could feel unwell.
Reduce the amount of magensium you are taking and slowly increase it every couple of days.
I lost my FitBit charger last week. Don't ask me how, I have NO Idea!
But as a result I have not been able to keep track of my daily steps.
And this has actually been an eye opener! I know that I have done less steps per day since I lost my charger.
How do I now keep myself accountable if I don't know how many steps I have done?!
And last week I was still waking up early but instead of journaling I was catching up on training videos that I hadn't had time to watch the previous day.
Do you know, I found it really difficult to get up and out of bed this morning to start my journaling.
Isn't it interesting how it is SO easy to backslide?
So for me it is a new week, new leaf and I have decided to drop gluten for a couple of weeks. No toast, no rusks, no treats at Tuesday Tots (that will be a toughie), no pizza on Thursday and no pasta....
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Let's talk about G l u t e n.
Gluten is a group of proteins found in grains. Wheat, barley, rye, spelt all contain gluten.
There are 2 main proteins in gluten – glutenin & gliadin.
Gluten can impact your digestion because it damages the small finger-like protrusions in your small intestines.
The Microvilli. (remember them from Biology?)
Gluten can also make your gut more permeable.
Since the gut is only 1 cell thick this is quite critical.
When your gut is permeable then it can lead to leaky gut, food intolerances, immune problems, inflammation and not being able to absorb nutrients from the food that you are eating.
Nor will you be able to make vitamin B12.
Symptoms of gluten intolerance include –
brain fog, joint pain and digestive issues like bloating and gas.
Alternatives to Gluten
Gluten is EVERYWHERE so read labels carefully!
Alternative to a hamburger bun
Place a teaspoon tip of crushed garlic int he centre of each brown/braai mushroom
Place a slice of tomato on top
Drizzle olive oil and season with salt, pepper and spices
Grill for 5 - 7 minutes
Top with a hamburger patty and garnish with more tomato slices, cheese and coriander leaves
Try this, ditch that
Now although oats do not contain gluten they are usually processed in a factory where wheat, barley and other grains containing gluten have been processed.
Try this as an alternative to oats -
Warm Quinoa Breakfast
Bring to boil and cook for 15 minutes.
Add 2tbsp of raisins or chopped apricots 5 minute before the end of cooking and a dash of cinnamon
Serve with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil stirred through.
Make extra and eat on another day simply by adding non dairy milk to the quinoa and heating through.
If you'd like Simple Supper recipes then reply to this email and I'll send them to you.
It's good to change things up in the kitchen, it's so easy to get stuck in a rut.
And increase your energy levels!
In my recent article for the Rising Sun newspaper I wrote about the brain interruptor technique that I have started using.
You can read more about it here.
Whenever I have something to do that I don't feel like doing be it chopping vegetables for a meal or doing some research for my next email to you I have found that this method of brain interruption helps to get me moving in the right direction.
Give it a try the next time you find yourself procrastinating and let me know how it works for you!
In other news....
Head on over to Facebook to join my Balancing Act - I am You private group.
If you're looking for more energy and you just want to feel good again then this group is one to join.
I'll also be sharing recipes that I use for week day meals,
there will be Challenges to join and
its designed to be for a community of women who are looking to find their way back to balance in all arenas of their life..
Click to join, it would be great to have you!
Do you feel tired by mid afternoon and bloated ?
Then consider trying this Superfood.
What is a Superfood?
A superfood is a nutrient packed food that has the ability to affect your health in a positive manner.
Meet Wheatgrass - and before you throw your hands up in the air (like I did) and say, "But wheat contains gluten!" WAIT....
At the early stage of growth wheat is more similar to vegetable in its make up than to grains that it grows to be. So in the ealry stage of its growth wheat grass has a wide range of benefits for our health.
The amount of nutrients found in wheatgrass is much greater than in leafy green vegetables, gram for gram. In fact before World War 2 drugstores across the USA sold tablets of dried wheatgrass as supplements.
Today you can drink shots of grass juice or add the powder of hte dried grasses to your smoothies.
Wheatgrass is packed with vitamins A, C & E, iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids.
Antioxidants like vitamins C & E help to rid the body of free radicals that cause cell damage and oxidative stress - this is the imbalance of free radicals and anti-oxidants. A whole other story...
Wheatgrass helps to reduce inflammation around the body.
Remember, inflammation is normal.
It is our body's way of protecting us from injury and infections.
BUT when our body is chronically inflamed then we are likely to develop lifestyle conditions like type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders.
Eating wheatgrass helps to reduce inflammation around your body.
Eating foods that are highly processed and living & working in an environment that is toxic can wreak havoc on your health.
If you dont think you live in a toxic environment, consider the chemicals you are using to clean your house, the skin care products and bath products that you use.
Take a look at the ingredients list and see how many long words that are unpronounceable there are.
These are chemicals.
So unless you're living in a vacuum you are in daily contact with toxins which
As a result to exposure from every-day-living toxins and our current food choices our body's pH balance is more acidic.
Do you know what makes the greeness of a plant?
It is from Chlorophyll. Remember that from biology in Std 7?
And Wheatgrass has a LOT of chlorophyll which helps to rebalance the body's pH levels and protects cells.
By helping to alkalise the body you can protect yourself against chronic diseases and cancers that flourish in an acidic environment.
Chlorophyll also aids the liver in functioning effectively.
It is a very good liver cleanser. And considering that your liver is responsible for over 300 processes it needs to be working at 100%
A regular shot of wheatgrass will help your liver to function effectively.
Wheatgrass contains enzymes that aid digestion. When your body is able to digest food efficiently then you start to feel more energetic.
Did you know that 80% of your energy is used in digesting your food?!
Studies in India have shown that wheatgrass helps to treat high blood cholesterol. Helping to lower cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels.
In animal studies, it has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels. Having high blood sugar is really bad for your health and can cause irreversible damage.
Symptoms of high blood sugar include headaches, thirst, going to the loo to wee often and fatigue.
When your digestive systme is out of wack and you suffer from bloating, constipation or diarrhoea or a combination of all 3 it has been found that cholorphyll has a healing effect on the mucus linings of the body.
So worth considering adding a shot of wheatgrass to your daily routine.
Because of hte high number of nutrients in wheatgrass there are a host of benefits to your body when y ou add it to your daily routien.
You can get it online at a site like www.faithfultonature.co.za
Your local health food store will stock it and even the likes of Checkers and Spar are now stocking such products.
I use the Health Connection Organic Wheatgrass Powder or as an alternative SuperGreens by the same company.