Here’s an interesting fact – your body requires more energy to digest food than it does for any other function. Did you know that? (Yes, that’s why you’re always exhausted after a big lunch!) It stands to reason, then, that the best way to free up some extra energy is to make your digestion as quick and efficient as possible, right?
This extra energy can better support your body’s other crucial functions, such as respiration and circulation, which help improve your complexion, oxygenate your cells, and eliminate toxins from your system. The less waste that’s stored inside your body, the better you’ll look and feel!
The quickest, easiest way to get started is to change the way you approach meals. By simply adjusting how and what you eat, you can detox naturally as well as improve digestion and enjoy effortless weight loss. The following tips will help you achieve all of this – they may seem like minor changes but, trust us, incorporating them into your daily routine can add up to big results! You can try one, a few or all of them at the same time!
Combine Your Meals Mindfully
If you do nothing else, adhering to basic food combination principles will naturally balance your day by encouraging you to make mindful choices at each meal. Remember, you can still enjoy the foods you love, just not necessarily all at once. Be sure to wait three to four hours between your meals before switching categories (such as animal protein, starch or nuts, seeds and dried fruit), and feel free to snack on neutral foods, such as non-starchy vegetables, at any time of the day.
Start Each Meal With Something Raw
Raw plants foods are filling, hydrating and bursting with nutrition. The more often you munch on them, the more inclined you’ll be to keep eating well for the rest of the day. Before you tuck into your main course, make a habit of snacking on a handful of raw veggies or a leafy green salad. Not only will these raw foods prepare your palate for a healthy meal, but you’ll also benefit from their enzymes, which help boost digestion.
Limit Your Intake Of Stimulants
Stimulants like coffee and alcohol may make up a crucial part of your daily routine but, unfortunately, they’re very dehydrating and acidic in the body. As a result, they inhibit nutrient absorption and stress the adrenal glands. You can still enjoy a good cup of java or glass of red in moderation, but avoid sipping stimulants with or immediately after your meals for best nutrient absorption and digestion.
Don’t Eat Too Much Animal Protein
Aim to eat no more than 25g of animal protein per meal, or your body might struggle to process and assimilate the large amount in one sitting. For reference, this amount of protein can be found in an 85g serving of meat or fish, which is about the size of a deck of cards. This portion may be significantly smaller than what you’ve come to expect from a restaurant, but keep in mind that excess protein is converted into sugar, and may be stored as fat in the body. Instead of overdosing on protein, fill up the rest of your plate with fibre-rich veggies.
Go Easy On The Sugar!
Studies have shown that consuming refined sugar can harm your metabolism, speed up the ageing process, and even contribute to the prevalence of obesity and diabetes… yikes! Your body is designed to crave sweets, preferably in the form of naturally sweet fruits that are bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But, unfortunately, a lot of us are guilty of feeding our cravings with sweet treats that aren’t beneficial at all – yup, we’re referring to soft drinks, chocolate bars and processed foods.
The more often you give in to the urge for these refined sugar treats, the more often you’ll crave them, perpetuating an endless cycle of sugar cravings and energy crashes. As you adjust to this lifestyle, you may find it helpful to limit your sugar consumption for a week or two in order to reacclimatise your taste buds and squash those pesky cravings for good.
Here’s to a happier, healthier lifestyle – do you now see how simple it is to adjust?
by Candice May