The Art of Healthy Dieting – Making Your Favourite Foods Work For You
Some recent research suggests that digesting may be a primary cause of aging. Everything introduced into your body through the mouth has to be digested at some level. During the process of digestion, the formation and release of free radicals is imminent. These free radicals “attack” your cells and are not only the cause of disease – they are also a primary cause of aging! Thus, your eating habits alone can make you look older by the day.
What you eat can have a profound effect on how you age. Certain foods naturally contain antioxidants in the form of various vitamins. Antioxidants bind free radicals thus preventing damage on a cellular level. Therefore, if you chose foods that are rich in antioxidants (such as vitamin C and vitamin E), you would spend far less time in front of the mirror worrying about your wrinkles. Conversely, if you consume fried food, fast foods, preservatives, tinned food, refined sugar, protein bars, protein shakes, and other similar modern inventions, you don’t even have to smoke cigarettes to “enjoy” ill effects. In fact, such foods could probably kill you faster than smoking tobacco. At the very least, processed foods are guaranteed to damage the tissues and will certainly age you pretty quickly. To avoid that, you should eat your fruit and vegetables!
Interestingly enough though, how you eat proves even more important than what you eat! If you eat on the run, when you are under stress, or when you are depressed, the food will cause even more stress and depression, even if it is “good” food. Every time you put something in your mouth, you affect the whole endocrine system in your body. In other words, taking even just one bite affects the total hormonal balance in your body. If you are already in a state of imbalance (e.g. if you have too many stress hormones in your system), eating in a stressful setting will worsen your state and will often cause you to put on weight!
Ideally, you should always eat in a relaxed atmosphere. A good belly laugh before each meal has the potential to turn on some 200 good genes in your body. This will assist in stabilizing your blood sugar levels and enhance both your digestion and your metabolism. Furthermore, you should engage all your senses while eating: observe the food on your plate and study the colors; smell the food; feel the texture in your mouth; slowly start chewing while being totally present to giving your body good nutrients and helping your own vitality. Last but not least, chew the food until it is liquid!!! This will facilitate digestion and elimination; you will naturally detoxify your body and guess what! – As a result, you will not only look younger, but you will also become slimmer! Even if you practice this for one meal a day, you will soon notice the positive effects. The more you practice, the more the weight will fall off naturally while your emotional state becomes more and more stable at the same time.
Remember that laughter is your best friend! Experiments show that diabetics who watch comedies and have a good dose of laughter before they eat, are able to maintain stable blood sugar levels even if they eat meals rich in fast carbohydrates. Laughter and positive attitude towards life are also experimentally shown to strengthen the immune system, even when people eat a less balanced diet. Therefore – laugh more and your body will thank you!