our body, rather than the western view of the spleen, whose primary function is merely to store blood. It is essential to keep our spleen healthy since through digestion it extracts energy (qi) from the food we eat to build immunity, to keep things moving freely for the proper functioning of the other organs, and to help to regulate emotions.
which optimizes the body’s ability to digest food properly.
Mindful Eating is:
Taking the time to unwind during meal times and properly chewing food is highly alkalizing because it mixes your food with saliva, which is a very alkaline fluid. The chewing process also serves as the first step to proper digestion and allows you to absorb more nutrients from food, helps you maintain a healthy weight, allows for more natural absorption, and leads to fewer digestive issues like gas and bloating.
Multitasking does not allow you to listen deeply to your body’s needs and wants. When we are distracted, it is harder to listen to our body’s signals about food and emotional needs. This prevents you from being aware of the emotions and triggers that are causing you to eat. Slowing down before a meal will allow you to ask the question, I am hungry or am eating because I am sad, scared, depressed, bored, or stressed? Therefore, as much as possible, try eating with no TV, phones, or other distractions other than enjoying the conversation with whom you are sharing your meal.
Finally, practice an attitude of gratitude. Pause for a minute or two before you start eating to ponder on everything and everyone it took to bring the meal to your table. Also, silently express your gratitude for the opportunity to enjoy this delicious food and the time you get to spend with the people you are sharing a meal.
Until next week,
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 14 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.