Chew On This: Slow Down!

The unfortunate truth about today's modern schedule is that speedy multitasking creates less and less efficiency. Truthfully, slowing down is actually a faster way to succeed. Slowing down is the difference between success and failure, thriving or burning out.

Take time to honor what your mind, body and spirit need to stay healthy: a mindful approach to food. With 24 hours in a day, there is really no excuse not to change the way you nourish yourself at meal times.

Here are 3 easy steps to nourishing mealtimes:

Eat 3 meals a day (without doing anything else)

No driving, texting, calling, TV, screen time, work, petting your dog, exercising, crossing the street, napping - no joke, I have seen it all. And above all: let's not eat in bed! Bed is for two things, sleep and the other. Right?

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a study that revealed people who engaged in screen time while eating were less satisfied - and actually ate more! So watching TV or surfing the net while eating means you’ll enjoy your food less while getting fatter faster. Nice combo!

When you sit down to eat, focus on your food. Or your dining companions. Either way, you’ll eat less and enjoy your food more. What a great way to give thanks for every good thing that goes into a delicious, nutritious plate of life affirming, soul stirring food.

Chew each bite at meal times thirty times

Your digestive system has a direct impact on your overall health. Digestion is the chemical process of breaking down food into molecules small enough to be absorbed through your intestinal lining. When you inhale your food, you encourage build up of old waste and hardened mucus hindering absorption. This can lead to gut inflammatory diseases like irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut. Not only that, it looks terrible! And it prevents you from really enjoying the taste and sensation of a well cooked meal. Slow down! And count to thirty.

Change your meal times:

The latest research confirms that people who eat breakfast, a hearty lunch with smaller dinner improves weight loss, decreases digestive issues of acid reflux, upset stomach and constipation caused by late night eating.

I recommend as close as possible to 8am, 12-pm, 6pm. These meals times work with your natural circadian rhythm and metabolism at meal times. You will love this. I have had numerous success stories who JUST DID THIS ONE THING and dropped a size! It's a great way to lean into effortless weight loss.

Till next time, Angie xo

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