Happy weekend everyone!
Today I have a different post to share with you. Many of you may or not know, but I’m a holistic nutrition student and certified health coach. For the last couple of months, I’ve been intensely studying, learning and applying the principles of Ayurveda in my life and with my clients.
My amazing college requires us to learn Ayurveda as part of our holistic approach to health, we learn all the science (biochemistry, anatomy, physiology..) but we also combine this knowledge with more traditional practices and medicines like TCM and Ayurveda.
I don’t believe there’s a perfect diet or magic pill for weight loss, it’s all about lifestyle choices and dietary habits what allows our body maintain a healthy body weight and find balance.
Sadly, there is so much misinformation out there, where many people who lack of true understanding and knowledge except for their opinion and personal experience share information that can be detrimental to many people.
There’s no such thing as “eat as much as you want, 4000 cals. per day if you wish and you’ll lose weight”. Ok, that is absolutely ridiculous. We are a society that is overfed, constantly exposed to food, diet trends and constantly concerned about calories and what our next meal will be.
It’s all about quality more than quantity, that’s for sure, but for real long-term weight loss and health, calories in have to match calories out. First of all, our bodies don’t need as much calories as some people might recommend, if you have an active lifestyle then for sure you have to eat enough to provide energy for your daily physical activities, but there’s too much emphasis on food and calories.
Following these simple yet very effective ayurvedic principles, you’ll start noticing how your digestion reacts positively to true hunger and of course, if you’re giving your body the right fuel (whole, NO processed foods) weight loss will come sooner than you think!
- Eat only when you have a sensation of true hunger
- Eat proper amounts (not too much, not too little)
- Allow digestive system to fully digest your last meal before eating again
- Avoid snacking too much
- Start your morning with a glass of warm water
- Support digestion with the use of herbs and spices when cooking
- Don’t overeat, specially at night
- Avoid all processed foods, emphasize whole foods
What is true hunger? So many of us don’t even know what that is anymore. We are so used to having to eat at specific times of the day or we’re snacking so much that we don’t fully allow our bodies to experiment a real sensation of hunger.
When we let ourselves experience the sensation of hunger, that means our digestive system is ready for its next meal. Digestive enzymes, HCL acid, gastric juices and all the beautiful molecules that work in our digestion are ready to work! When we eat without hunger (and just to be clear, I don’t mean you have to be starving! But hungry enough to have a proper-size meal) then the body accumulates the undigested food and becomes toxicity. That’s when the problem starts. Since we keep eating constantly and there’s no one digesting the food in our bodies, then where is it going? Well basically it just becomes a big chunk of undigested molecules that make us hold on weight and increase toxicity in our system.
Weight loss is a science. A very simple one. You are what you eat but you are also what you digest.
It’s not about going to the bathroom 4 times a day, but to have healthy bowel movements 1-2 per day where there are no undigested food pieces and elimination is not either too hard or too mushy.
If our bodies are absorbing all the nutrients that we are giving to them, then our system will be in a constant state of health, but yes, it is really important to choose the right foods, because just as it will absorb all the wonderful vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that whole foods can give us, it will also absorb all the horrible artificial ingredients and low quality oils that most processed foods contain.
From my personal experience, clinical and observation practice, I can tell you this works. Follow these simple steps, apply them at your own rhythm and you will see results.
If you like this post, please leave me a comment below and let me know if this was helpful and what you think.
Hope you all have a great weekend!