In the first part of the Foundations of Health: Diet blog series, I discussed general healthy recommendations for what to eat, click here to read Part 1. Equally important and often not discussed is how to eat. For today’s post I will discuss some considerations about how to eat to optimize digestion.
Mindfulness and Food
Stress can both increase the desire to eat and decrease hunger cues. Ever get so entrenched with what you are doing you realize you are well past time to eat? One explanation for this is the suppression of appetite resulting from stress. It's important to eat at regular intervals to promote healthy blood sugar. Eating at irregular times promotes insulin resistance (3). Reducing stress and practicing mindfulness around food can help increase recognition of hunger and satiety as well as engage the parasympathetic nervous system to improve digestion.
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Dr. Cheatum and Dr. Doize are Naturopathic doctors writing about health topics from a holistic viewpoint.