Eating well is not as hard as it seems
Recipes for Success, by Erika Holenski, BSc., ND, KW Health Connection
As a Naturopath I am often told “There is so much information out there on how to eat, but everyone contradicts each other. It’s too confusing.” I see the point. It is best to listen to your healthy body and respect what it is saying.
Here are some universal guidelines that are often forgotten in today’s popular culture:
- Maintain a peaceful attitude while eating. Discussing anything too exciting or upsetting shifts the brain to secrete the wrong signals to the body, thus food is not properly assimilated.
- Do not eat or drink anything too hot or too cold.
- Don’t force yourself to eat anything you don’t like. There’s a reason why your body doesn’t like it. Don’t, however, consume only your most favourite foods.
- Limit beverages to approximately 3oz while eating. Too much liquid will dilute gastric juices and cause indigestion.
Eat slowly and chew your food as chewing stimulates saliva and other digestive enzymes to more efficiently digest your meal.
- Eat moderately. End your meal before you are full. Over eating leads to system overload and malfunction.
- Eat clean, non processed foods.
- Create regular meal times.
- Most importantly, eat to live, don’t live to eat.
- Here is a quick and colourful salad that helps you eat to live.
½ cup of tahini
¼ cup olive oil
2 tsp fresh ginger grated
1tbsp of lime juice
2 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
Dash of tamari or soy sauce
To make the salad take 1 bag of broccoli slaw purchased at the grocery store or toss together grated broccoli stems and small pieces of the heads, grated carrot, grated red cabbage and sliced green onion. You can add a handful of toasted sunflower seeds and/or a handful of dried cranberries (sulphate free of course). Enjoy!