Seven Timely Recommendations For Healthy Eating

This work will discuss seven time-tested habits of healthy eating based on the principles of Chinese nutritional therapy. These are habits that people can integrate into their daily life starting NOW. Although some of these customs and habits may run counter to what you’ve been told or learnt, you need to consider that ancient Chinese nutritional therapy has evolved and been honed through a trial-and-error process on countless numbers of people for at least 2,600 years. In other words, what has worked is still in use today – what hasn’t was abandoned hundreds of years ago. You don’t need to love Chinese food or even be Chinese in order to apply a few or all of these habits prior to your next meal and derive the benefits they entail.

Seven Habits of Healthy Eating

1. Mostly consume cooked foods

Based on the guidelines enshrined in Chinese nutritional therapy, your meals should mainly be cooked and eaten warm. When eaten in excess, raw fruits and vegetables weaken and cool your digestive system resulting in problems such as lack of energy, watery stools, and bloating. In Chinese nutritional therapy, cooking is considered a form of pre-digestion process which makes for easier digestion. On the other hand, raw cold foods require more energy in order to break them down. Proper cooking techniques are stir-frying and steaming as they cook lightly and immediately while retaining most of the food’s nutrients.

2. Eat regularly and at fixed times

Your body loves regularity and this also applies to work, sleep and meal times. For maximum vitality and health, you need to develop and adhere to regular sleep times, meal times, and bowel movements.

3. Eat and chew food slowly and properly

Your mouth is the first area where digestion occurs. Slow eating and thorough chewing of your food prior to swallowing guarantees easy and total digestion. Also, when you’re emotionally upset or angry, you should not eat as it can severely impact your digestion. Avoid eating a meal or pause for a while, until the emotion subsides.

4. Don’t drink cold drinks

It’s really a bad idea to drink cold drinks at any time as doing so can harm your digestion. The process of digestion requires breaking down foods and drinks you consume with heat. By nature, Cold contracts and slows down. Hence, drinking cold drinks, and eating ice cream impede and slows down digestion, resulting in stomach discomfort and pain as well as digestive upsets. Rather than drinking or eating cold products, drink warm green tea or water instead. What’s more, green tea prepares your digestive system for food and drinking hot or warm water can help flush out toxins from your body. Around ten to twenty minutes before you eat, we recommend drinking a cup of green tea.

5. Avoid overeating

You can do your bowels and digestive organs a big favor by stopping eating when you’re about three quarters full. Overeating adversely affects your abdomen and intestines causing problems such as weight gain, gas, putrefaction, constipation, sluggishness, bloating, and indigestion.

6. Take a slow leisurely walk after meals

In China, after leaving a restaurant, the staff will thank you by saying “man shou”, which means “walk slowly”. After meals, a leisurely slow-paced stroll for ten minutes or so can promote digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Rubbing your tummy with one palm in slow circles over your umbilicus in the direction towards your large intestine can also aid digestion. For digestive disorders, this can also be an ideal remedy and form of prevention. We recommend doing the rubbing while taking a leisurely slow walk or while standing still.

7. Perform the Ab Lifting exercise

Exercise before breakfast if you desire to shed a few pounds. Your body will start to utilize the fat reserves in your body if you haven’t eaten after about ten to twelve hours. Before breakfast or meals, one highly recommended exercise is the Abdominal Lift. This easy exercise just takes a couple of minutes to perform. It basically is about using your stomach muscles to lift your stomach towards and up your spine, holding that position for a few seconds, then releasing gently. To aid in digestion, absorption and evacuation, you can also do the Ab Lift an hour after meals.

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The Seven Habits Of Healthy Eating In Traditional Chinese Nutritional Therapy

Traditional Chinese nutritional therapy offers seven certified habits of healthy eating, habits that anyone can integrate into their daily life starting NOW. For over two and a half millennia, through trial-and-error, traditional Chinese nutritional therapy has evolved, been refined, and has been used by countless numbers of people despite the fact the some of its principles or habits may contravene with what we’ve been told or learnt. Simply speaking, what doesn’t work was discarded a long time ago and what works is still in use today. You don’t need to eat Chinese food or even be Chinese in order to implement all or some of these habits in order to derive their numerous benefits to health.

The Seven Habits of Healthy Eating

1. In general, consume cooked foods: In Chinese nutritional therapy, your meals should mainly be eaten warm and/or cooked. When eaten in excess, raw fruits and vegetables can weaken and cool the digestive system resulting in such issues lack of energy, watery stools, and bloating. In Chinese nutrition, cooking is deemed as a type of pre-digestion process which makes digestion easier to occur. On the other hand, raw cold foods need a lot of digestive power in order to break food down. Proper cooking methods include stir-frying and steaming as they lightly and quickly cook while still maintaining nutrients.

2. Eat regularly and at fixed times: Your body responds to and likes regularity and this not just during mealtimes, but in working and sleeping too. If you are not sure about this, notice what it does to your sleeping, eating, and bowel habits next time you take a long trip. For optimum vitality and health, you need to maintain and establish regular sleep times, meal times, and bowel movements.

3. Don’t overeat: Be gentle to your bowels and digestive organs and don’t eat when you’re 70 to – 75% percent full. The intestines and abdomen get impaired when one over eats and this can result in weight gain, gas, putrefaction, constipation, sluggishness, bloating, indigestion, and other problems.

4. Eat slowly, chew thoroughly: Your mouth is where digestion begins and by eating slowly and thoroughly your chewing food before ingestion guarantees effortless and total digestion. Also, avoid eating when angry since it can significantly impair digestion – skip the meal completely or wait till you calm down.

5. Take a slow leisurely walk after meals: In China, whenever a customer leaves a restaurant, the staff will thank him for coming then say, “man shou”, which means, “walk slowly”. Ten to twenty minutes after a meal, talking a leisurely and stroll can promote nutrient absorption and facilitate digestion. Rubbing your stomach in slow circles with one palm on the other, around your umbilicus, towards your colon, can also aid digestion. This is also an ideal way to prevent or even treat digestive disorders. Do this while taking a leisurely slow walk or while standing still.

6. Perform the Ab Lift: Another great way to lose weight is exercising prior to breakfast. Since you haven’t eaten for ten or more hours, you use the fat stored in your body for energy. Before breakfast and before every meal, one highly recommended exercise is the Abdominal Lift. It only takes a couple of minutes and it’s so easy to do. The Ab Lift basically involves using the muscles of your stomach to lift your abdomen upwards and towards your spine, holding the spine for a few seconds then carefully releasing it. To help with ingestion, absorption, and elimination, this exercise can also be done an hour after meals.

7. Avoid cold drinks: Drinking cold drinks especially drinks with ice, more so when you’re eating, can be very bad for digestion. During digestion, heat is required to break down the food and fluids you consume. Essentially, cold has contracting and slowing qualities; hence, extremely cold foods such as ice cream and cold drinks, tend to impede and slow digestion resulting in stomach discomfort and pain, and digestive issues. Drink green tea or warm water instead. Hot or warm water helps wash out toxins while green tea help prepare your digestive system for food. Before eating, drinking a cup of green tea for ten to twenty minutes can be especially helpful after eating fried and heavy foods such as meat. After meals, drinking green tea can benefit digestion.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
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Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983
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