I strongly believe that we are spirit first and body second. Everyone has a beautiful body that is meant to help us carry out our passions and purpose in life. And I can tell you from firsthand experience as a nutritionist, that your body size does not necessarily determine your level of health. All sizes need to be honored, cherished and celebrated. We need to marvel at all the things our body does for us.
That being said, we still need to do everything we can to keep our mind, body and spirit at their best. My top two suggestions for amazing energy, mood and vibrancy, is to keep your blood sugar balanced and to optimize digestion.
Blood Sugar Imbalance is a major cause of poor mood, energy, and cognition, and also can cause you to eat less then healthy foods. So, how do we keep our blood sugar stable? It all starts with breakfast. Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast” You need to refuel your body within 30-60 minutes of waking up with a nutritious high protein breakfast that includes a little bit of a healthy fat. Healthy fats include coconut oil, olive oil or flax seed oil. Hemp and Chia seeds also work as they contain Omega 3. This will start your body’s engine, boost your metabolism and help to rebalance your blood sugar. Imbalances in blood sugar can lead to diabetes, adrenal fatigue, and can harm the pituitary gland, (thus compromising your immune system and proper hormone transportation), and can cause imbalances with your thyroid.
Another way to keep your blood sugar under control is to stick to a regular eating schedule, and to not go more than three to four hours between meals. Letting your blood sugar dip too low will cause a frenzy of overeating whatever is available to eat, good or bad, when you finally do eat. Healthy snaking between meals will help keep you from getting “hangry” and feeling tired. Some healthy snacks include a handful of nuts, an apple with natural nut butter, veggies or crackers with hummus, popcorn, a greens smoothie, salt and pepper roasted chickpeas, or homemade energy or protein bars.
Optimizing digestion is important for overall health and for the ultimate absorption of nutrients from your food. Make sure that you are not overly stressed or emotional when eating. Your body can not deal with stress and handle digestion at the same time. Your body will always deal with stress first. It will shut off your digestive system to conserve energy and will utilize all your body’s resource to deal with threats, real or perceived. Taking a few deep breaths before your first bite of food, lighting a candle or listening to relaxing music will help. It’s also important to help take off some of the digestive stress from your body by chewing your food more. Aim for chewing food at least 25-40 times until it has a paste like constancy with no lumpy bits. Taking a good quality probiotic is also key for digestion and immune health. If your digestion is really out of balance, you may need to take a digestive enzyme before your meals until you can get your digestion healed and optimized.
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