The fast paced lives most of us lead can make it difficult to fully nourish our body, mind and soul. In addition vital signs and symptoms our bodies may give us are also ignored. Misleading food advertising and packaged foods further distract the mind to opt for foods that appear to be healthier than they actually are. Ready prepared snacks such as pastries and crisps are examples of empty calorie foods containing very few vitamins and minerals and high calories for quick energy. Regardless if they are cooked in a healthier oil and labeled as a low fat snack. Take a moment to pause now and think about your food buying and eating habits. Do you eat out of boredom? Are you eating simply to satisfy your hunger and tantalise your taste buds? Do you eat in a rush? Do you tend to rely on ready-made meals because of the convenience? If the answer is yes you may not be eating consciously as you would like to. This affects your body in many ways including how you digest and absorb nutrients from foods. Eating quickly for example hinders the way food is broken down so it sits in the digestive tract, making one feel heavy and sluggish. Painful trapped wind and indigestion can also occur if air is swallowed. The longer one chews the food the more the food is broken down and absorbed. Have you heard of this old quote? ‘Chew your liquids, drink your solids’. Ideally solid foods should be chewed to liquid, and liquids swallowed as slowly as solid food. This allows the stomach to work less and reserve its enzymes and energy, leaving you with more energy too. Vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, pulses, and wholegrains provide the body with essential vitamins, minerals and fibre for long-term health and vitality and these foods should form the main part of the diet. Furthermore, organic and raw foods contain sufficient enzymes and a higher vibration frequency that resonates with our body’s cells and organs in a natural harmonic manner, stimulating and promoting wellness.
Tip of the month
The next time you sit down to a meal, shift your focus from judging what’s on your plate to understanding how it will nurture your body.