This report provides 7 time-tested habits of healthy eating based on traditional Chinese dietary therapy – customs which you can incorporate into your everyday life starting NOW. While some of those habits or principles may contradict what you’ve been told believe this – traditional Chinese dietary therapy has developed and been refined and trial-and-error analyzed on literally millions of people over at least 2500 yearsago To put it simply, what works is still in use today – what doesn’t was lost long ago. You don’t have to be Chinese or even eat Chinese food. So, begin applying some or all these customs before your next meal and see for yourself.
7 Habits of Healthy Eating
Eat fixed, regular times
Your body reacts and likes to regularity, not only in mealtimes, but working and sleeping also. If you doubt this, next time you have a long trip detect what it does for your eating, sleeping and bowel habits. For optimal health and vitality it is important to establish and maintain regular meal times, sleep times and bowel movements.
Eat mostly cooked foods
According to Chinese dietary therapy your foods should mostly be cooked and eaten hot. Raw fruits and vegetables, when eaten too, trendy and weaken your digestive tract, causing such problems as bloating, watery stools and lack of energy. Cooking is considered in Chinese dietary therapy for a sort of pre-digestion procedure which makes it easier for digestion to occur. Cold, raw foods on the other hand need more digestive capacity to break them down. Suitable cooking methods are steaming and stir-frying since they cook quickly and gently while still keeping nutrients.
Eat slowly, chew well
Digestion starts in your mouth – eating slowly and chewing food thoroughly before swallowing ensures smooth, total digestion. Also, don’t eat when angry or emotionally upset as it greatly impairs digestion – wait until you calm down, or skip the meal altogether.
Be kind to your digestive organs and intestines and stop eating when you’re 70-75% full. Overeating impairs your stomach and intestines resulting in indigestion, bloating, sluggishness, constipation, putrefaction, gas, weight gain and other issues.
Don’t drink cold beverages
Consuming cold beverages especially brewed ones at any time, but especially with food, is quite bad for digestion. The digestive process requires heat to break down everything you eat and drink. Cold is, by nature, slowing and contracting – therefore cold beverages, and very cold foods such as ice cream, slow and slow digestion, causing digestive upsets, stomach pain and distress. Instead, drink hot water or green tea. Warm-hot water helps flush out toxins and green tea prepares your digestive tract for meals. Drink a cup of green tea 10-20 minutes before you eat – this is especially beneficial if you know you will be eating heavy foods such as meat, or fried foods. Drinking green tea after meals also benefits digestion.
After foods take a slow walk
Whenever you leave a restaurant in China the team thank you for coming then say, “man zou”, meaning, “walk slowly”. A slow, leisurely stroll after meals for 10-20 minutes eases digestion and nutrient absorption. Rubbing your stomach with one palm on the other in slow circles around your belly button in the direction of your colon helps digestion. This is also an exceptional preventative and treatment for digestive ailments. Do it while standing still, or while taking a slow, leisurely stroll.
Do the Ab Lift
If you are trying to lose weight, exercise . As you have not eaten for maybe 10-12 hours, your body relies on its fat stores for energy. One exercise that’s highly recommended prior to meals, and especially before breakfast, is the Abdominal Lift. It’s simple to do and requires a few minutes only. Basically, it involves using your abdominal muscles to lift your abdomen up and towards your spine, and holding, then gently releasing it. The Ab Lift is also done an hour after meals to assist digestion, absorption and elimination.