You are what you eat and how you eat it…

Eating keeps us alive. We have to eat and eat well so that we function every day of our lives.

And, lets face it, it has always been a requirement that a lot of us love!

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It has the potential to nourish our mind and body, yet it can cause disease, illness and death if abused. Let’s get to the heart of what happens when we make certain choices.

Have a feast

Food is central to many social events where buying, preparing, serving and celebrating increase the enjoyment, satisfaction and overall experience due to the build up before consumption.

This is because the body has had ample time to prepare for the food which serves to replenish, fulfil and pleasure those involved.

food awareness_2Knowledge is power

Within the digestive system the interaction between muscles, organs and other vessels is beautiful. If correctly programmed, our internal system should always run like a German train station.

Most people forget the eyes, hands and even your nose can come in contact with your meal before your mouth holds food or drink.

Looking at food

Looking or simply thinking about nutrition can kick start the digestive system.

After the sight and discussion of food, placing/throwing/forcing (how you eat is up to you, I won’t judge you, I promise) food into the mouth, the hands often touch the surface of whatever it is you’re eating or drinking, this further eases digestion.

Senses in your mouth

Glands in the mouth moisten food and start to digest carbs. The teeth sense food as well as grind it. The tongue moves food and sends signals to the brain. The throat allows food into the oesophagus which carries chewed food to the stomach.

The stomach continues to digest the food before it moves into the small intestine where 90% of the nutrients are absorbed.

Without going into more detail, the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, large intestine and anal canal complete the lengthy ordeal.

Food glorious food

Losing awareness of food has negative consequences; chewing gum, for example, results in the stomach pumping out hydrochloric acid to breakdown food, but when nothing enters the stomach, the acid can cause irreversible damage.

Factors affecting your food

Rushing from a to b, being in a stressful environment, allowing distractions to take control during meal time are all contributing factors which remove the peace, enjoyment, satisfaction and comfort food can give us.

Instead food is wasted, a disregard for food is developed, a loss of gratitude for its many benefits doesn’t do anyone any good, and just thinking about losing one of the few precious and underestimated moments in life where one can share their joy and become satiated almost broke my heart.

The effect on your brain

Fat gain, brain fog and poor sleep quality are three of many devastating side effects of this unhealthy pattern.

food awareness_3Think of the brain as a General, screeching orders through the ranks to ensure things run like clockwork.

If the General sent confusing orders, the effect would be similar to that of Chinese whispers; by the time the message reached the intended target no one would have a clue what to do.

The human body is the same, faulty signalling leads to changes which can compromise health. Everyone is at risk especially children, the elderly and pregnant women.

As a final note

Intelligent fasting can have a healing and cleansing effect on the body, sometimes providing more health benefits than the vitamins and minerals provided by food and drink.

What is important however, is to fully immerse yourself in whatever you are doing whether it is eating, fasting, exercising, sleeping or working, in order to appreciate each of them.

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