Our Digestive System is Important to our Health

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting.

We are fast approaching the holiday season. Parties, family, food and fun, equal anxiety, stress!

When our bodies are under these types of stressors, we lose sight of our regular schedules of exercise and nutrition. Our digestive system is responsible for many parts of our health. It starts at our mouths and ends in the bathroom. It processes our food. It absorbs nutrients into our bloodstreams. It eliminates the indigestible parts from our food and turns it into energy.

The most common digestive issues are usually diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, bloating, vomiting.

When feeling any of these symptoms, fill your plate with fiber rich vegetables, and grains such as oatmeal. They are digested slowly and prevent bloating, and reflux. Bloating effects people in many different ways. Some people have an extended belly, gas, and burping. To counteract these symptoms, try eliminating carbonated beverages, sodium, beer, alcohol, coffee and try to eat slower.

Oh Crap! Diarrhea and Constipation. These are two different problems. If it’s diarrhea, stick to the BRAT Diet. Bananas, rice, apples, toast and tea. No butter on the toast! Crackers are good too. These foods are easy to digest and easy on the digestive system.

Constipation is a “i wish that I could” Crap. The CRAP Diet is a combination of cranberries, rasins, apricots, and prunes. These foods contain lots of fiber to help move things through the digestive system. It can easily help move all of the unnecessary waste through your system. Combined with drinking water helps the process move more efficiently.

Reflux, the problem with reflux is that it travels upwards in your gut and into your stomach. The acid in your stomach burns, then you feel like you need to vomit. If this happens, don’t lay down. This can help increase dangerous inflammation. Wait until you have started to or have digested your food before going to bed. Also avoid foods such as peppers, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol and reduce eating chocolate. Tomatoes and citrus fruits are also not good and acidic.

Try to enjoy the holidays. Restrict alcohol, spicy foods, and overall, eat smaller plates of food. Load your plate first with vegetables, then add a little protein and some berries, salad and some grains. This will keep you on track for the holidays. And it will satiate your cravings for sugar.

Lastly, sugguest a long walk after your big meals, this also helps with the process of digestion.

Stay healthy, and eat healthy, just not too much and the right things.

Remember to make a memory each day, and don’t apologize for who you are….Rebecca

Chrono-Nutrition, What and When to Eat

Hello everyone and welcome to Fall. Even though this is a beautiful time of the year, we are faced with the fact that our sunshine days will be shorter. This puts us in a situation of extending our days inside our homes with the help of electricity. We will be getting less daylight. The lack of sunlight is biologically not ideal for us. Chrono- nutrition is a practice of aligning your food habits with your internal clock. a

Eating Breakfast is a good way to start. Develop a healthy habit of eating breakfast. People that eat breakfast are less likely to want to snack mid-morning. Skipping breakfast elevates our blood sugars and increases our LDL (bad) cholesterol. Remember that you don’t have to eat the normal cultural foods for breakfast. I like eating a black bean burger, salad, and even salmon. Left over whole grain pasta, rice pasta, with pesto and olive oil is great too. Avocado on Ezechiel toast with tomato, is also delicious. Just remember that you don’t have to have bacon eggs, toast, pancakes etc. Whole grain cereals, steel cut oatmeal is great. Start your day with a good healthy breakfast. Remember, breakfast could start looking like Dinner!

Eating Lunch. This is my biggest meal of the day. By1:30, my tummy is growling, and YES, I am ready for some good food. Tip: When you find a recipe or a dish that you like, keep making it, just jazz it up with different ingredients. For example, if you like a salad for lunch, change up the protein. Instead of having chicken grilled, have shrimp or salmon. Instead of having the cold salad greens, choose grilled vegetables, or roasted. This technique will make you excited about eating lunch. By doing this, you will start to get a rhythm of smart eating. Plan ahead and keep it simple by having proteins and vegetables available to switch it up. Remember, also to experiment with spices and herbs. Your taste buds will thank you. Include citrus such as Lemons and limes also. Eat consistently each day.

Dinner should be the easiest meal of the day. It should consist of green leafy vegetables. Remember, your body is most insulin resistant (a resistance to the hormone insulin that increases blood sugars) at night, so you want to avoid simple carbs at dinner. This is really important for diabetics.

Eat, fiber rich vegetables and grains, such as quinoa, brown rice, beans, kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and all root vegetables. Add a protein that is light, such as white fish, salmon, tuna or chicken. Avoid, beef, pork, ham and processed meats.

Remember to plan your meals so that your biggest are the first two meals of the day. Eat a lighter dinner that includes vegetables and a small portion of protein.

In just 1 month you can change to healthier habits.

Here are some great tips that are easy to prep and keep you on track for winter.

Veggie prep for fall and winter.

Recipe: Take any root vegetables, beets, potatoes, carrots, red onions, leeks, sweet potatoes, garlic. Clean and dry. Place on a cooking sheet pan, salt, pepper, garlic powder. Drizzle avocado oil, or Spanish olive oil. Toss and coat each vegetable. Tip: Always add the oil to the vegetables before the seasonings. If you add the seasonings first, they will be wiped away when you add the oil.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and cook for 15 minutes, turning then, 15 minutes more. Eat anytime. Add to a meal, or as a side. Or on a room temperature side salad. Don’t forget as a snack!

Chickpeas, when you don’t know what to eat, chickpeas are great for controlling our blood sugars. They make a great snack.

Recipe: Drain two cans of chickpeas, dry with a paper towel. Place on to a baking sheet. Add: Olive oil, salt, and pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika, coat them all. 425-degree oven for 20 minutes. Turn them after 10 minutes. This is a delicious snack! Like eating peanuts, but better. Golden brown and crispy.

When you are feeling low. Try eating some wild caught salmon. This is great full of Omega 3 fatty acids. Helps your brain re-boot!

Don’t forget SOUP! It is so comforting. When you want a comfort food, choose soup. As for soup, skip the creamy soups and chose the clear broth, or a tomato-based soup with lots of veggies. Soup is very easy to make, and another way to get your veggies and proteins in just one bowl.

Potatoes are underrated. Cook with the skin on, fork tender, place into your favorite bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon of real butter, turmeric, salt, pepper to your tasting, and 1 tablespoon of low sugar salsa. Hot sauce too! You can also add 1/4 of an avocado, for extra fat. This will stick to your ribs and is a great comfort food.

Eat good food. Eat when you are hungry. Stop eating at the first feeling of being full. Chose small, delicious meals. Keep it simple in your cooking. Rely on your pantry for spices, and citrus flavors. Herbs will add lots of flavor also. Don’t be without: Onions, Garlic, Herbs, Spices, Fresh Greens, Frozen, Grains, and canned Tuna and Beans. Frozen Proteins, such as Shrimp, White Fish, Salmon, Tuna. Potatoes and Legumes. Always have Chicken, beef and bone marrow stock on hand. Lastly, fresh and frozen vegetables.

Eat well, remember to make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are….Rebecca