Nutrient Timing: When You Eat Matters
Is your day scheduled around eating?
Or is eating scheduled around your day? Chances are, if you live an on-the-go lifestyle, it is the latter. Which means that our food choices, as well as the way we eat, are at the mercy of a hectic schedule that leaves little time for our well being. We often wait until we are starving, and then stuff ourselves until we are too full. Waiting until you are starving is a sure way to set yourself up for failure: you will likely choose a less healthy meal, eat more rapidly and consume more food overall than if you ate according to a schedule. This is just one example of why mindful eating is trending- it is a pathway to wellness.
Start your day off right
So much is made of the rule that you must eat within a half hour of waking to somehow, “boost your metabolism.” While the jury is still out on such a mandate, the truth is that some people are simply not hungry first thing in the morning. Don’t feel pressured into eating just to satisfy this rule; do make sure that you eat something in the first two hours of waking to stabilize blood sugar levels. It will also prevent you from binge eating later in the day.
Snack effectively throughout the day
Snacking can go one of three ways: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Consistently grazing on twinkies, for example, counts as ugly. The bad will see you snacking on something of little nutritive quality such as processed chips; the good will see you choose healthier foods such as nuts, seeds and fruits to compliment a tea before lunchtime. It is important to use snacking to prevent yourself from reaching the nadir of hunger.
Giving the “bedtime guilty pleasure snack” the chop
No one says you can’t eat before bed, but do pay attention to what you are eating. Choosing healthy snacks in the 200-250 calorie range in the hour before bed actually helps you sleep better without contributing to weight gain.
Eating more mindfully in Milpitas, CA
At Gregory A. Lind DC, we want to help people eat more mindfully in order to prevent unwanted, unconscious weight gain. No one should be at the mercy of their diet- instead we should be using nutrition to support all of our healthy endeavors. Nutrition is a cornerstone of wellness and we place a great importance on eating mindfully at our office in Houston. If you want to combine the wellness-boosting power of nutrition with the musculoskeletal maintenance of chiropractic, give us a call to schedule an appointment today.