Here’s a question – Are you a slow eater or a fast one? If your answer is slow congratulations, but If you’re a fast eater, its time to shift gears. That’s because the slower you eat, the faster you metabolise. Here’s something very interesting I read and I must share with you.
“Are we getting the maximum nutrition and benefit from the food we eat? These days eating under stress is not only commonplace, it’s also socially acceptable. We all are subconsciously eating hurried meals, be it at break time at work, while running around maintaining a family, or just busy having a life. If you’ve ever eaten in an anxious state and had the feeling afterward that the food is just sitting in your stomach, that’s exactly what it’s doing. Its been waiting for a long time for the body to kick into normal digestive functioning. Can you recall what your body sensations are when you eat during a state of anxiety or stress? Most people report symptoms such as heartburn, gas, digestive pains, belching, and intense hunger. Your problems are just about getting started if this is your eating pattern.
During stress the body automatically shifts into the classic fight – or flight response. The moment the stress response is activated, the heart rate speeds up, blood pressure increases, respiration quickens, hormones that help provide immediate energy such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are released into the circulatory system, blood flow is rerouted away from the midsection and toward the head for quick thinking and to the arms and legs for the power necessary to fight or flee. Most importantly, in a full blown stress response, the digestive system completely shuts down. It makes perfect sense that when you’re fending an angry gorilla, you don’t need to waste energy digesting Fruit Loops. All the body’s metabolic functions must be geared directly for survival.
To point out straight – You could be eating the healthiest meal in the solar system, but if you eat it in an anxious state, your digestion is dramatically diminished – your mood having affected your food. Salivary enzyme content in the mouth is reduced, the breakdown of protein, fat and macromolecules in the stomach impaired, and the blood flow to the small intestine decreased as much as fourfold, which translates into decreased assimilation of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Its not only important what we eat, but also the mental state we are in when we eat.
Here are a few tips you could use to change the way you eat.
- Use eating time to let go of all worries and work. Use juicy positive thoughts to assist you in assimilating nutrients and burning calories. If you insist, you can resume worrying and working once your relaxed meal is complete
- Notice your posture as you eat. A straight spine allows for fuller deeper breaths
- Let your conversation be elevating and free of negativity or gossip
- Dine with eating companions who nourish and inspire you
- Play sweet pleasant music while eating, or light a candle, decorate your eating place to give it a happy vibe
- Leave your phone in the other room while you eat
- Don’t discuss work at meals
- Eat slowly, relishing every bite, noticing the flavours appreciating the way it is prepared. Be more mindful.
- Breathe deeply. Conscious breathing dissipates the stress response and promotes full digestive power.
The way we do food is the way we do life. Slowing down with meals, then, is symbolic of relaxing into our body, our fears and desires, and anything life presents. Its about granting ourselves the right to share in the simplicity of joyous moments on Earth. Its about reclaiming our time, our dignity, and the sanctity of self care. ”
I dont generally recommend books, but this one is unlike any other. Its would be worth a read – The Slow Down Diet by Marc David
The featured food for today is actually what I prepared for our families lunch box. I prepare every morning the meal we carry for lunch to work. Everyday its a challenge thinking what to make and what will travel well, and whether it will taste good in a lunchbox. For those of you who know me, would know by now my love for Asian food. Having authentic ingredients handy is a big advantage and preparing tasty meals super easy. This post is a double whammy as I share two absolutely delicious recipes with you.
Korean Kimchi Rice
- 2 cups white/brown steamed Rice (left over rice works better)
- 1 cup chopped Kimchi
- ¼ cup water
- 2-3 tbsp Gochujang (Korean Chilli Paste)
- 1 tsp chopped Ginger
- 1 tsp chopped Garlic
- 1 tsp red Chilli Powder
- 1 tsp Soy Sauce
- 3 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp roasted Sesame Seeds
- Crispy Seaweed – shredded
- Heat up a pan. Add the vegetable oil.
- Add the kimchi and stir fry for 1 minute.
- Add rice and fry stirring well.
- Make a paste of the Gochujang, ginger, garlic, soy, chilli powder and 2-3 tbsps of water.
- Add paste to the Rice and stir all the ingredients together for about 5 minutes with a wooden spoon.
- Add sesame oil and remove from the heat.
Sprinkle with chopped green onion, crispy seaweed, and sesame seeds.
Spicy Korean Chicken Recipe
- 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts
- 2 tablespoons Rice Bran Oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp Gochujang ( Korean Chili Paste)
- 1 tsp Korean red chili powder (gochugaru) or regular chili powder
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt, to taste
Combine all the ingredients in the Marinade in a bowl, whisk it to make sure the Korean chili paste (gochujang) is completely dissolved.
Cut the chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes or best for two hours.
Grill the chicken or pan fry until slightly charred and completely cooked through. Be careful not to over cook it, we need it to be juicy in the centre. Slice into thin strips and serve immediately over the Kimchi Rice. Garnish with the seaweed, come chives and sesame seeds.