Digestive issues? You might need a zen lunch

Most of us get caught up on focusing on what we’re eating and how little time we have to get it down before our next lot of activities begin rather than on how we’re eating.

How you eat is just as important as what you eat. And did you know, if you’re not doing it the right way, you might be opening yourself up to a raft of gastrointestinal issues, such as indigestion, reflux, even weight gain?

So let’s get to it.

How to eat your lunch (and every other meal you ingest).

Relax before, during and after you eat…

Before you indulge in a second or third course (or anything sweet), wait 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain whether or not you’re actually hungry (yes, really it takes that long).

Once you’ve decided you’ve finished your meal, give yourself a further 5-10 minutes to relax. Your digestive system, although unseen, is very hard at work.

Avoid mental stimulation such as computers and reading during, or shortly after, eating.  Stimulating the brain (upward focus) is diametrically opposed to the stimulus that is required for digestion (downward movement) and assimilation of nutrients.

Avoid vigorous physical activity such as swimming, going to the gym, taking a long walk or going for a run etc immediately after you’ve eaten.

Instead, after meals, listen to some music, observe your surrounding environment or chat with a friend or family member. You could even make all members of the family or your workplace, pile their mobile devices face down on the table whilst you eat and the first one who looks before the meal is over has to clean up or another less than enviable task.

It’s not just about lunch – it’s about your total well-being too

Meal times present an important opportunity for mental downtime as well as assimilation of nutrients for our ever-demanding lifestyles. If you take a momentary timeout, you’re likely to have a direct influence on regulating your appetite, blood sugar and stress hormone levels.

And they’re all the things that contribute to the ‘lifestyle diseases’ we hear so much about in the news. How you eat is just as important influencing the development of such problems as diabetes, weight gain, acid reflux, irregular bowel movements, sleep disturbance, hormonal disturbance just to name a few….

So forget about multitasking especially whilst you eat. Research has shown that you take longer to do anything, even simple tasks when you try to do more than a single thing at a time – and it also puts your brain under stress too. So any short-term gains you think you might achieve in gaining time are not just a figment of your imagination, they’re also likely to lead to long-term problems in health.

Enjoy eating again, take a Zen Lunch!

If this has struck a chord with you or you’re already suffering from gastro-intestinal issues like the ones above, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help. You can call the clinic on 9188 1560 or book an appointment via the form below.

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If you suffer from any of the conditions listed (or you're suffering from something not listed yet), you may still be able to experience relief with Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. If you're unsure, if acupuncture is right for you, we'd be delighted to talk to you further. You can call the clinic on 9188 1560 or book an appointment via the form above.