As a Certified Nutritionist, one of the things I remind my clients is to thoroughly chew their food. Why is chewing so important? One reason is because physically chewing food in your mouth begins the process of digestion by breaking down larger pieces of food into smaller particles. Swallowing smaller pieces of food takes pressure off of the esophagus, making the act of swallowing more efficient. Chewing also releases saliva, which has digestive enzymes. The release of enzymes into the throat and stomach begins the process of digestion. Chewing helps with IBS, and other digestive problems.
Springtime has come to the desert! As I travel around the Sonoran Desert Preserve, I see the signs of spring everywhere. Even in the barren desert, spring brings life and new beginnings to my surroundings. I am reminded of the restorative power of nature, and the ways that all living things go through periods of dormancy, and new life. It’s never too late to create the life you want – look to the desert for inspiration!
Have you thought about the impact that eating and drinking “non foods” has on your body? Have you thought about the difference between real food and food like substances? It can be helpful as you work towards a fuller relationship with food and your body to think about how real food impacts your life, and how non foods interfere with your body’s natural workings.
There are three types of food like substances – processed, junk, and fake foods. Processed food is made from real food that has been put through chemical processes and is filled with chemicals and preservatives. Some examples of processed food include beef jerky, canned tea, jam, hot dogs, and low or non fat yogurt with sugar or sucralose.
As Lisa Schmidt Counseling and the Mindful Nutritionist settle in for the holiday season, I use this time of year to turn inwards, reflecting on both my accomplishments of the past year and my hopes for the future. I am grateful to be part of your lives, and for the privilege to spread the message about mindful eating, mindful living and learning how to be home in your own body. I practice mindful awareness and mindful movement to stay grounded during this busy time of the year, where everything around us tries to pull us “outwards” as December brings us to the shortest day of the year, drawing us organically “inwards.” Use this awareness of opposition to serve as a timeless lesson urging us towards our center – grounded and steady as the bustle and commercialism of the holiday season pulls us outwards, and the colder, darker weather moves us inwards. You’ll find your own personal practices of mindful awareness will help you navigate the abundance, energetics, and stimulation of December.
Who said this? “Based on the available data, even though there may be no clear cardiovascular benefit from prescribing omega-3 supplements, aside from helping to reduce triglyceride cholesterol levels, I still say it’s very important for my patients to have a plant-based diet with omega-3 rich fatty fish as part of a heart-healthy Mediterranean-like dietary strategy which holds benefits probably above and beyond individual omega-3 pill supplements.”
In conversations with family and friends, we discuss conflicting information published regularly about nutrition and diet. Some family members think that it is difficult, if not impossible, to figure out what to eat. One day, information claims Omega 3s are essential – and consumers are encouraged to buy Fish Oil and other dietary supplements. Other times, like yesterday’s news about the lack of scientific evidence for Omega 3s in supplement form, some feel compelled to flush supplements down the drain.
Between 10 percent and 20 percent of the U.S. population is affected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), yet the cause of the common digestive disorder is unknown. Lifestyle-related stressors, poor diet and overeating often exacerbate symptoms, but the opposite also is true: Adopting a whole foods-based, happy belly diet filled with foods that promote digestive comfort is a delicious prescription for digestive ease.
IBS is considered a “functional disorder,” because it refers to a set of symptoms rather than a specific disease. It often causes significant discomfort, though it is not considered a serious health threat. IBS is not related to inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Typical symptoms include abdominal bloating and soreness, gas and alternating diarrhea and constipation.
A recent visit to Canada inspired a visit to the website of Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC, Canada’s leading expert on the medical condition of obesity. This prominent physician is Professor of Medicine & Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also the Clinical Co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Program.