response. That includes how you feel when you are eating your meal, how you feel about the food you are eating, even how you feel about who you are eating your meal with. If you feel the food is “bad” for you the body will respond with stress. When you are upset or in a rush before or during your meal your body will be under stress.
The scientifically documented connection between the body storing fat and stress is compelling. Clinical studies have shown that high cortisol production is
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Stress also increases the output of insulin in the body. Insulin lowers blood glucose by telling the body to store carbohydrates as fat. It also signals the body not to release any stored fat. So the result is stress = poor or no digestion = stored fat. All of these things are
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easily remedied by changing your thoughts and feelings about food. Worrying about fat increases fat. Worrying about good food versus bad food, increases stress, which increases fat. Worrying increases stress and interrupts or stops digestion all together.
As you can see, what you think and feel about food and mealtime is critical to your body’s ability to use food in a healthy way.
So what can you do about it? There are several things for you to use to begin to enjoy your food. The first is to allow yourself more time to eat. Seems simple but our lifestyles are usually so hectic that mealtime becomes an afterthought rather than a planned event. Begin by adding five to ten minutes to your mealtime at each meal. Savor the food. Enjoy the sensuality of food, the way it smells, the way it looks, the way it feels in your mouth and the way it tastes. When is the last time you recall actually tasting your food?
Secondly, you can breathe. This may seem silly but most adults only use the top third of their lungs. Your digestive system is greatly aided by oxygen. Simply taking a few moments to breathe deeply prior to eating will give your body additional oxygen to help it digest and assimilate the food. Remember,
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