With my clients, I always have them keep a food journal which tracks their food, mood and bowel movements. And since this is just one aspect of the puzzle, I look at how they may play small in this area. Food is such a big part of our lives. It rules your day to day usually. Well, at least it does for me. Where you eat dinner and with whom is a huge part of culture.
We also need to look at our relationship to self with our food choices. How do you approach meals and meal prep, food shopping and sitting down to eat? Paying attention to these habits that have been instilled in your subconscious will help you figure out where you might hold tension relating to your food and how you consume. I don’t ever want anyone to look at food as good or bad. Food is always ‘will this food help me or hurt me’ in relation to your emotions and stress. How you feel about your life, lifestyle and self while eating will totally impact how that food gets digested in your body and whether or not the nutrients get assimilated. Your main goal is to activate your parasympathetic nervous system (rest + digest).
5 ways to have better digestion
Put down your phone. Distracting yourself while eating actually inhibits your body from absorbing the most nutrients from your food. You want to stay in rest & digest mode so you can properly digest your food.
Take 3 deep breaths. Food is not meant to be scarfed down. We (Americans) are one of the only countries that eat while literally on the go. Reduce stress before you start consuming your food.
Activate your senses. Which of the 5 senses will you be experiencing with this meal? Is it pretty, does it smell good, can you hear anything sizzling? Take a few seconds to process what your eyes can see and your nose smells. Digestion starts in the mind.
Eat slowly. Chew your food. I know you’re hungry and you’re probably on a time crunch, but those two thing literally defeat the purpose of spending that much money on that food. Put your fork down between eat bite and either engage with the person your with or with yourself.
Be thankful. Gratitude is a big one. Give your body love for everything it just did for you! Nourishment comes in many forms.