Life is to be enjoyed. The better we take care of ourselves, we will feel much more joy and that is the whole point. Here are a few Chinese Medicine tips for healthy eating.
- Start on a HIGH note. Every year before the holidays begin I do a 2 week cleanse which I wrap up a few days before Thanksgiving. Entering the holidays feeling light, energetic, clear minded and in the routine of enjoying & desiring healthy food, greatly influences the food choices that I make.
- Don’t skip meals beforehand. Do not fast all day to “save” all of your calories knowing that you will indulge in a Thanksgiving feast. This will most likely lead to overeating.
- Keep plate sizes and portions small. Our goal is to avoid overeating and a food coma. This is not healthy for our sensitive bodies & we will not feel good. Choose a method and stick to it. I personally like using a smaller plate with smaller portions because you know if the plate is bigger you will be inclined to fill it. If you do get to the point of discomfort from overindulging there is an excellent Chinese formula called Curing Pills (Ease Digestion Formula, Kang Ning Wan). This is a must-have in my medicine cabinet, which consists of all herbs. I use it for bloating, stomach aches, food poisoning, stomach bugs, food stagnation (overeating) and anything digestion related. It works tremendously well.
- Eat 70% vegetables, 30% other foods. And eat those veggies first, (before getting full). Vegetables are high in nutrients and fiber which is a win for overall health.
- Savor each delicious bite. It takes 20+ minutes for your brain to get the signal that you’re actually full. By savoring every thoughtfully prepared bite, you’re more likely to take your time and stop when you’ve had enough. In Chinese Medicine it’s recommended to chew each bite 40 times, that might be overkill but you get the point. Digestion begins in our mouth so pace yourself and help your body facilitate healthy digestion.
- Drink lots of room temperature water. Cold water weakens the spleen and stomach which can cause indigestion, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and other digestion issues. We often feel hungry because we haven’t consumed enough water. The general rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of room temperature water every day, at the minimum.