04 Oct In the Mood for Food ~ Part 1
REST & DIGEST
You might be asking, how can I get in the mood of food? So much of the focus in nutrition is on WHAT we eat. But HOW you eat can be just as pivotal in reaching your health goals. It may just be the missing piece!
And this is why we are going to spend the next 3 weeks talking about;
How to get in the Mood for Food!
Our digestive systems are amazing! Food goes through our body in one big long two ended tube starting with our mouth and ending… well, you know where it ends. Along the journey, food is deconstructed into tiny particles so that the nutrients and water can be absorbed through our intestines. The leftovers then make their journey to FlushVille, Toilet Town!
It takes a lot of work to break down these big pieces of food into tiny microscopic molecules! Think about deconstructing a skyscraper into its individual building materials. Holy poop!
As well as the physical churning of your stomach, your body makes ACID and other digestive juices to break down your food. Without all these elements in the right balance, you can’t digest your food properly and can’t absorb nutrients properly. This can result in things like digestive stress, food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies.
So, how can we support our digestion?
Our nervous system functions in two specific modes. The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic.
You might know the parasympathetic mode as FIGHT OR FLIGHT. Your brain perceives a threat, hormones like adrenaline/epinephrine/norepinephrine and cortisol kick in to direct all blood, energy and resources to your brain and extremities so you can fight or flight! The production of stomach acid and digestive juices (as well as sex hormones FYI) are suppressed in stress mode because Duh’, when fighting a tiger, it’s not an ideal time to eat or procreate!!
This can lead to malabsorption, reflux (due to insufficient acid, not too much!) increased fat deposition, discomfort, gas, bloating and over time, digestive problems like ‘leaky-gut’ and impaired immunity.
Additionally, in stress mode, your body wants to burn easy access to sugar energy. Not complex fat. Stress runs on sugar! Cravings Ahoy!
On the other hand, we have the Parasympathetic mode, AKA REST & DIGEST. You feel safe and secure, therefore your body feels safe and secure enough to distribute energy to things like digestion, healing, rebuilding, reproduction (yes, sex drive) and supporting sleep.
To get in the mood for food you must make sure you are in REST & DIGEST mode BEFORE and WHILE you eat!
SO… ENHANCE YOUR DIGESTION, NUTRIENT ABSORPTION, PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND OVERALL HEALTH GOALS BY MAKING SURE YOU ARE IN REST & DIGEST MODE BEFORE AND WHILE YOU EAT!
REST mode also helps you dip into your fat stores, lowers blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, improves mental health and combats feelings of adrenal fatigue.
So really, I’m prescribing you a chill pill with food. What’s not to love?!
But I know what you’re thinking, “thanks for the info Bec, but how do we do this in our crazy modern-day lives of school pick-ups, work deadlines and demands?”
Well, make sure you tune in next week for Part #2 of my ‘In the Mood for Food’ series!
In the meantime, I challenge you to be mindful this week. What ‘mode’ do you tend to eat in? How do you feel physically and mentally before during and after you eat? What kind of environment do you eat in? Awareness is the first step to change, so this week, take notice… Are you in the Mood for Food?
If you’re an A+ student and want some insider info today, check out The Chief Life Podcast about the state of mind below.
#171 – MINDSET AND MANAGING STRESS WITH MATTY & STACEY! – HTTPS://THECHIEFLIFE.COM/171-MINDSET/