Nourishing the Body Nourishes the Soul

By Beth Irvine

The food we eat is important, but how we eat our food holds equal importance. If we want to maintain an optimal body weight, contributing to a healthy balanced lifestyle, than the manner in which we consume our daily intake matters.  Research documents that people with sleep problems often have issues with weight gain. Let me help you understand why eating with awareness is important, and then - which may be more pivotal - guide you in those beginning steps to change your current habits and to truly nourish your body and soul.

Why bother?

Why do we want to eat with awareness? Imagine breakfast, lunch or dinner on the run - you are out the door with a toasted bagel smeared with cream cheese, or a turkey sandwich in hand, or (dare I say) a selection from a fast-food drive-through.  All of these examples of eating on the run can lead to weight gain.  Even if your food choice is healthy, eating without paying attention to what you are eating doesn't give your body the proper signals (such as your saliva producing digestive enzymes) and you can end up with indigestion as well as not even remembering what you ate.

A clog in the works

According to Dr. Anthony Cichoke: "Poor digestion can do more than give you a stomach ache because digestion is the mechanism that makes your body work...a clog in the works may be only the tip of the iceberg, because  poor digestion interferes with nutrient breakdown, absorption and metabolism; allows toxins to remain in the body and accumulate; and over stresses the body." To sum it up, poor digestion is a synonym for poor nutrition.  Even if you are eating well and avoiding processed foods, when your digestion isn't working properly, your system isn't able to absorb it.  It is difficult to lose weight if you have poor digestion.  Dr. Cichoke says, "Improper digestion is usually the cause of most weight problems. Poor digestion takes a lot out of your body, and makes it weak, leaving it more vulnerable to attacks from other sources."

Make it a priority

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