Many of us experience digestive problems as part of our daily life with pelvic pain. There could be several causes for this discomfort, like diet, irritable bowel syndrome or food intolerance for example. But did you know that sometimes issues can also be caused by the way we consume our food?
You can eat the best food in the world, but if you don’t eat mindfully, you will never benefit from this the way you should. How you eat, is just as important as what you eat.
So, before you tuck into your dinner tonight, let’s have a look at what you can do to ensure you get the most out of your food and the best out of your digestive system:
Chew Chew Chew! Chewing your food is the most important eating rule you can adhere to. When food is chewed properly, it releases all the vitamins and minerals contained in the food. Chewing also produces saliva which breaks down food and helps it digest more easily once it has been swallowed. You should chew each moderate mouthful at the very least 20 times, ideally until it is a watery paste.
Take it nice and slow. Eating too fast can make you swallow big lumps of food which will sit in your stomach and take longer to digest. This can cause awkward gas and bloating! It should take you at least 20 minutes to finish your medium sized meal.
Focus on your plate. Best not to watch any TV or play on your phone whilst you are eating. Being distracted from your food can lead to overeating.
Stop when you are full. Your brain tends to register a little too late when your stomach is full, so it is important you take a moment after each time you swallowed food. When you start feeling full, it is time to put down the knife and fork as tempting it may be to finish your plate sometimes! You can always put the left overs in the fridge or freezer for another time.
Practice these tips and you will hopefully feel much more comfortable after eating going forward!