How to reduce post meal tummy aches by slowing down and mindfully eating
"I am eating" If you can't get your head around the whole 'mindfulness' trend, let alone mindfulness eating.. try this simple affirmation before and/ or as you eat. It is so easy for us to get incredibly distracted during a meal. Whether you are alone and simultaneously doing your emails, talking on the phone, worrying, or most commonly scrolling endlessly through Instagram. Or you are eating with company and chatting away...
By affirming "I am eating" we are bringing our attention back to the task in hand, eating, and away from the million other tasks you have been focusing on throughout the day. Distracted eating often results in:
- Poor satisfaction after your food
- Elevated cortisol levels, leading to poor digestion and absorption of food
- Sore tummy
It is interesting that in The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 1, Jesus said: “And when you eat, have above you the angel of air, and below you that angel of water. Breathe long and deeply at all your meals, that the angel of air may bless your repasts. And chew well your food with your teeth, that it becomes water, and that the angel of water turns it into blood in your body. And eat slowly, as if it were a prayer you make to the Lord. For I tell you truly, the power of God enters into you if you eat after this manner at his table…” 'chew well your food [...] that it becomes water'.
Chew each mouthful well so that it can be more easily digested, absorbed, and prepares the tummy for what kind of food it should expect and thus what digestive enzymes need to be fired up. It also slows you down, to allow for more mindful consumption so that you can avoid the above distracted eating symptoms.
What You'll Need
- No phones/ tv/ etc. etc. to distract you eating alone
- Bring your attention back calmly and slowly to your food when eating in company
What You'll Do
- Before you begin to eat, make sure you are present, that your attention is on your food
- Eat slowly
- Chew until the food is well broken down in the mouth
- Taking a pause and a few deep breaths during the meal