Hey everyone! I wanted to share my first article in my Church’s Branch! Hope you all enjoy.
SLOW DOWN! It’s time to live satisfied!
SLOW DOWN!! With nearly everything at our fingertips we loose track of the world around us, including our health. Every day a new fad is published in the news stands with gripping titles like “Get a Flat Belly Fast!”, “Lose 5 LBS in 5 Days!”, “Eat Drink and Still Shrink”. WOW! Isn’t it spectacular that these authors have unlocked the secrets to flat bellies and rippling muscles? We know that these gimmicks are not reality, but we keep reading these articles with baited breath expecting an overnight transformation with little or no effort. I don’t want to burst your bubble, but eating a healthy balanced diet takes time, effort, and research. Sorry to be such a Debbie downer, but our perception of healthy eating is jaded. So I’d like to suggest something simple to start you off on the journey toward a healthy life style. SLOW DOWN! Are you starting to get the idea here? Just like you cannot run a marathon like a 100 meter dash, you should not treat your health like a sprint. The key is to be consistent, and patient. This is the foundation to good health.
Consider this. As Christians we have not built our relationship with God over night. As we have grown in our faith we have continued to seek the Father more and more. In prayer and through the written word we can see the influence God has in our development. His power and love is consistent no matter what we do. As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to live a healthy life and care for our bodies. Be consistent with how you care for yourself. The best way to do this is to SLOW DOWN!
So how does one take the first step? Move with intention. Don’t rush into eating perfect everyday. You don’t want to get burned out. Start out eating a healthy meal in a parasympathetic state. Meaning eat slow and with purpose. A lot needs to happen for proper digestion and we tend to take this automatic process for granted. Let’s have an anatomy and physiology education break down of the stomach for a second.
The stomach mechanically and chemically breaks down food. Hydrochloric acid and pepsinogen begin to break down the protein molecules into peptides which are smaller strings of amino acids. Then the Hydrochloric acid triggers the hormone gastrin to be released into the blood stream where gastrin becomes a negative feedback system. Gastrin sends a signal to the brain to keep releasing gastric juice which keeps the digestion cycle moving.
Now that is a minuscule task of what the stomach does. Our bodies need support, patients, and proper care. Common ailments like feeling tired, bloated, or having indigestion after meals means that you are not providing your body with the essential nutrients it needs. By eating in a parasympathetic state one can aid the mechanical and chemical digestion process.
A great way to get to know your parasympathetic side is to eat as a family. Eating together not only provides a feeling of community but encourages healthy lifestyle behaviors. The new school year is the perfect time to set some schedules and guidelines. With packed, rushed schedules and the dreadful television, cell phones, and game systems the art of eating as a family and enjoying a meal has seemed to be lost. Let us remember in this season that WE ARE FAMILY! God called us together at the table in the most pivotal moment, Eucharist. The breaking of bread and the consumption of wine was a symbolism of his infinite love. Let us take charge of our free time and come together. Remember the body needs time to do its work. Honor Him with eating properly prepared and nutritious foods in a parasympathetic state.
Take away notes:
- Remember that your body needs support!
- Take at least 15-20 minutes to eat EVERY meal
- Eat in a calm and quiet area if possible
- Put down the fork until your done chewing
- Drink a full glass of water at every meal
- Eat whole raw foods whenever possible