How many times a week do you find yourself eating big meals to the point where you are uncomfortably full? Do you have to loosen your belt a few notches or put on a baggy shirt to cover your food baby? Have to burp to make room for dessert? Feel like napping after Thanksgiving Dinner? Eating large meals is a fixture in our culture and in some cases overeating is encouraged. Food brings us together, celebrations are known as excuses to overindulge and eat until you are ready to explode. In the last few decades, portion sizes in North America have inflated to far more than one person’s needs while the quality of food has dropped considerably. Overeating smothers our digestive power and of course leads to incomplete digestion and build up of toxins. It also creates a MASSIVE spike in blood sugar which kicks the adrenals and pancreas into overdrive (pushing them into depletion) to try and process what you just dumped on your body. As a result you feel tired, brain foggy and blah! Simply put, the act of eating past the point of being full is unloving. It is telling your body that you don’t care what it has to say and that you know better. Going against your body’s natural wisdom creates a relationship that lacks trust, respect and support. As with any of the other food faux pas, this mindless eating habit is a form of self-abuse. But with time and practice its possible to develop a loving relationship with your body by listening to its subtle messages and honouring its requests. Eat slowly so you can feel when you are approaching full. Stop eating when you are 80% full to leave room for proper digestion. I know that it is easier said than done, but just give it a try and see how it feels.
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