This strategy uses the principles that I see make the biggest difference when we want to improve our relationship with food, and nourish ourselves better so we not only look our best, but also feel our best! This will allow us to extend our health longevity, improve physical and mental performance, and yes – fit better into our clothes. And it can be done effortlessly with the SMART eating strategy!
We women are complex beings in the best sense of the word. And our nutritional needs can be complex too. As we go through life, we need to adapt our diet to support the different stage we are in. What we eat can impact our menstrual cycle, increase or decrease PMS. Our nutritional needs also change tremendously during pregnancy, postpartum and lactation. And as we get closer to menopause, our diet and lifestyle can support a smoother transition with a hormonal turmoil we can manage. 🙂
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Caring for ourselves in the eary weeks postpartum can make a tremendous difference in how we feel and make the transition into motherhood. How we take care of ourselves teaches others how to treat us and gives the example to our children of what self-care looks like.
You probably have heard about the fight or flight response.
In an ideal situation when we are eating, the parasympathetic nervous system is dormant, so the digestive and lymph systems are fully activated. As we’re calmly chewing our food our stomach makes digestive juices that stimulate the intestinal tract and our lymph system can quickly deal with any viruses, yeast, fungi or bacteria.
If we sense some danger our body makes a shift in energy. Instead of focusing on proper digestion, our adrenaline levels go up and energy goes towards our skeletal muscles, ready for a fight or flight. As soon as the danger is no longer there the energy goes back to digesting our food.
Our digestion can suffer if our stomach is not working optimally. Our digestive system can suffer a lot of abuse during our lifetime. Think about it, from morning till night, we put into our mouths whatever is in our arm’s reach: foods, liquids, stimulants, relaxants, and chemicals.
We expect our system to somehow magically grind it all up, sort it out, use the good, eliminate the bad, all without any noise or complaint, and still have lots of energy. That the human system can withstand the abuse it does has to be one of the miracles of life. The apparent stamina of the digestive system is illusory.
It is reassuring to know that the body always wants to be in balance. And it wants to heal itself. Our cells thrive when given these two conditions: nutrients and elimination of toxins.
Homeostasis is the ability of the body to regulate its cells together as a unit. The body knows just where it should be going and just how to get there. All who study the body closely must recognize it as living magic.
Should you eat breakfast or skip it?
The digestive system has highs and lows of energy, as do all the organs of the body. The Chinese have observed these energy flows carefully for thousands of years and have produced a very accurate clock which depicts the times of strength and weakness of the different organs.
The digestive system is strongest between seven and eleven in the morning. The stomach’s meridian peak is between nine and eleven. This is the time to eat a big breakfast like many nutritionists are suggesting.
30 Day Rejuvenation Program: On proper food combining
Think of the digestive system as resembling a flame. If you have a tiny flame then you have to treat it with great care. The fuel must be pure and fine and added slowly, or the fire will flicker and possibly falter.Avoiding specific food sesitivities (seee the list here in the previous post in this program) is the first step towards rebuilding back the digestive system. The next step is avoiding combinations of foods that are problems..
An increasing number of people exhibit sensitivity towards gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye etc.), while only about one percent has celiac disease, an extreme immune reaction to gluten. Why is it that gluten sensitivity is becoming more common?