5 Digestive Tips for a Happier Gut
Updated: Dec 1, 2021
The way you consume your food, your stress levels while eating, aesthetics, timing, everything you could think of comes into play when you sit down to eat a meal. This blew my mind when I first went to listen to Coach Ciara Spencer speak about Eating Psychology. I was there to learn about the gut-brain connection, & had never even heard of Eating Psychology. "Developed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, [Eating Psychology] effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, & various nutrition related health concerns" (Spencer, 2020). Clearly, Eating Psychology is a huge part of the gut-brain connection & I am so grateful that I was able to sit & learn about it in a group environment.
What does this mean for your mealtime & what should you be doing differently? I've compiled some tips & tricks to get you started - here they are:
Eat healthy foods, it's that simple! You know that fruits & veggies are the best, but be sure to get in those macro-nutrients, consuming healthy fats & protein as well.
Take time to eat your meal - most work places give at least a 30 minute lunch break - use it! Take this time for yourself to enjoy your meal & be away from any distractions.
Find a stress free environment! Take a few deep breaths before consuming your food to trigger a shift in thought & signal to your brain that it's time to relax. This might also mean creating a daily practice (meditation, gratitude journal, reading, hobby) that de-stresses you & clears the mind.
Eat sitting upright with both feet rooted to the ground.
Do not try to multi-task during your meals - put the phone away, turn off the TV, simply sit in the present moment.
Personally, I like to keep a food journal, tracking what I'm eating & any stressors/incidents that may have effected my digestion. Track your journey & keep me posted along the way!
Spencer, C. (2020). Coach Ciara Spencer. Retrieved From: http://www.coachciaraspencer.com/