Four Simple Things You Can Do To Be Healthier Today:
01. Chew Your Food Well
When my clients ask me how they can lose weight more effectively, I always tell them that it starts with their digestion. Your body’s metabolism begins with proper digestion. When it’s out of balance, it will be harder to digest food which will leave you feeling sluggish every time you eat a meal.
So chewing your food is one of the quickest ways to improve your overall health. And it can be done for free, starting right now.
You should try to chew your food at least 30-50 times before swallowing. Now, that’s a lot more than most of us are used to doing. But the truth is that your stomach doesn’t have teeth. And if you don’t properly chew your food, it’s a lot harder for your stomach to digest and break everything down. So give your stomach some help by chewing your food properly first.
02. Notice How Your Body Reacts To Different Foods
For some of us, we’ve been living with certain symptoms for so long we don’t even realize we have them.
And we should try to be more intentional with the relationship between the food we put inside our bodies and the symptoms we might feel as a result. For the next four weeks I encourage you to track what you eat, and every symptom you feel afterward.
Notice any changes in your body and write them down – do you feel tired after eating a certain meal? If so, how long afterward? Was it an hour or 2 hours? Did you have indigestion today? If so at what time? What did you eat before then? Did you feel anxious today, depressed, happy, or sad? Write your moods down as well. Did you have any aches or pains? Headaches? Brain fog?
There’s no right or wrong way to do this – the goal here is to start to become more in tune with your body and its needs.
03. Eat More Glorious Vegetables
I love stocking up on vegetables. We buy a lot of variety once or twice a week because we eat so many. This wasn’t always the case for me. I grew up in a family of eating frozen peas for dinner as our daily vegetable. So It was a gradual process to get where I am now.
There are so many delicious veggies that often get overlooked. The root vegetables are like the hidden stars of the grocery store. For example, some of my favorites are parsnips, rutabaga, beets, onions, sweet potatoes, turnips, ginger, garlic, radishes, and carrots. All of which are great roasted on a baking sheet for dinners. Rutabaga is also delicious mashed the same way you would mash regular potatoes. And squash! Don’t forget about the squash! They are super inexpensive, full of nutrients, and the perfect side dish to any meal. I love butternut squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash. So next time you see one, grab it, and give it a try.
Also, I love to load up on the greens like kale, spinach, lettuce, green onion, parsley, cilantro, and cucumbers.
04. Start The Day With Smoothies
Many people make smoothies all wrong – they load up on fruit with very little veggies. This is a recipe for a major sugar crash. You’re loading your body with a large number of fruits and not anything else to help slow it down in your digestive system.
Did you know that fruit is the quickest to be digested in your body? It gets converted into sugar into your bloodstream and if you eat too much at once you’re going to have a big spike in energy followed by a very quick crash and burn where you’ll feel sluggish, your moods will change, and you’re yawning and don’t even know why.
So when it comes to smoothies, focus on eating more vegetables than fruit. Also add in a protein source, like protein powder, hemp seeds, or sunflower seeds, and a good quality fat like avocado. And you can sweeten it with a bit of banana or a medjool date, but the less sweet foods the better.