It is becoming an essential topic since levels of chronic stress are increasing. Our never-ending to-do list, news, social media, deadlines at work, and a general lack of happiness and fulfilment trigger us continuously in our lives. It has been scientifically proven that anxiousness, feelings of stress and worry leaves our stomach short of blood supply as these feelings drive the blood supply to the head. In the long run, this could lead to a disorder or malfunction of the stomach and the intestines.
When we are stressed and too much in our heads, we end up consuming the food without even allowing ourselves to taste it or to connect to it. For me during the high periods of stress, I often skip the meals, which is the other opposite of extreme. We start living a robotic life and grab the first thing available to diminish the feelings of hunger. Meditation or mindfulness practices can ease the stress, but also help improve the digestion and absorption of the nutrients.
Try these three tricks next time you are eating to ease the anxious feelings in the stomach and help digest the food better:
Stop multitasking, eliminate all the distractions, leave your phone aside and only concentrate on eating. When you are not present with your food you most of the times end up eating way more. Because your focus is somewhere else, the brain doesn’t know when to secrete leptin, the hormone that signals to our brain when we are full. Also, you are not able to enjoy the food, taste different flavours.
Take a few deep breaths before each meal. Make this a habit. It only takes a minute or two. When this becomes the habit your body and your brain next time you eat will know that you are about to enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal and will start releasing all the necessary hormones and saliva for the digestion of the food. Imagine, if you use your phone during the meals, which could create unnecessary stress or anxiety, this could leave the blood supply in your stomach depleted not allowing the proper food digestion.
Bless your food or set an intention and imagine that food is filled with love. Food is energy. When you order a meal at a busy restaurant, the energy of the chef rushing to prepare your order is going to be absorbed by that food. Have you ever wondered why the food prepared by your grandma always tastes so good? Well, because it is always made with love.