If you’re struggling with unexplained weight gain, here’s five super simple strategies you can implement today that cost you zero dollars.
And, it all starts with making mealtimes more relaxing.
It sounds too good to be true, but it’s important to bring pleasure and joy to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner table every dang day because stress is so much more than an unpleasant emotion. In fact, it triggers a whole slew of physiological reactions in the body, including the suppression of digestion as it reduces blood flow, digestive muscle contractions, and digestive secretions like silva, enzymes, and bile.
Think about it this way: If you were in a survival situation (like your body believes you to be), digestion isn’t nearly as crucial as sending energy to your brain and muscles so you can think or flee your way out of danger. That’s why your body needs to neurocept its safety before ever taking a bite of food.
5 Simple Strategies to Try Before Your Next Meal
📵 Set aside your obligations when you sit down to eat. It’s hard not to grab your phone or click on the TV, but omitting distractions will significantly benefit your gut.
🌬️ Take a deep breath to signal to your body that you are, in fact, safe.
🙏 Maybe even express a little gratitude for the food in front of you.
😋 As you take your first bite, consciously appreciate the taste and texture of your food.
👄 Last but not least, chew your food thoroughly to help your digestive system out.
🧑🤝🧑 Bonus points if you can share your meal with some good company!
So which will you try first on your quest to take the stress out of mealtime?