5 Tips to Improve The WAY You Eat

I admire people who keep themselves organized by creating helpful lists- be it a grocery list, a weekly ‘to do’ list or an outline for long term goals and projects. While I sometimes create various lists for myself, there is one list I often jot down for my patients who require nutritional advice along with acupuncture.

While Traditional Chinese Medical dietetics is based on respecting individual differences and needs, the following list provides general guidelines to healthy eating. Consult a qualified practitioner before making any drastic changes to your diet.

1) Drink either warm or room temperature liquids. Cold drinks weaken the digestive system because the stomach has to work harder to reheat its contents so as to prepare it for the rest of the digestive process.

2) For the same reason as above, try to prepare warm meals and limit intake of raw, cold foods.  Opt for steam and stir-fry cooking methods more often.

3) Cut back on dairy. For many people, too much dairy can exacerbate the symptoms of mucus forming conditions such frequent common colds, allergies, sinus problems, colon trouble, etc.  Maintain proper calcium levels, however.

4) It seems like a “no brainer” to say eat 3 meals a day (yes, especially breakfast), but I encounter so many people who do not.   Skipping meals often results in fatigue and headaches.

5) Eat with an awareness as to the atmosphere in which you take your meals.  Arrange to eat in peaceful surroundings and avoid discussing business or any other topic that may engender emotional tension. Please turn the TV off and allow your body to concentrate on doing its job of properly assimilating  your food.  Rushing or EWD, (eating while driving),  reading or studying while eating can all contribute to heartburn and eventual weakening of your digestive system.

Eating should be a pleasure, a time devoted to consciously nourishing our bodies with foods that enhance our health.  Make proper eating a priority on YOUR ‘to do’ list.

Bon Appetit!

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