50 ways to love your liver: how to eat (part 2)

Pay attention to posture: Eating at our desks or on our laps in front of the TV doesn’t really help our digestive systems work at their best. If you have any digestive issues at all then these habits need to go. It is no different to putting a chink in a hose pipe. Sitting straight gives our stomach, small intestine, liver and gallbladder room to do their work and sufficient oxygen will be available to assist them.

Learn how to breathe: It’s amazing how something we can’t live without is done so badly by so many! Take time to notice how you are breathing – are you breathing into the top of the lungs only, or are your breaths like those of someone who has just run somewhere because stress you are stressed? Taking the breath into the diaphragm might not be easy for everyone – but it will help to ensure that there are no blockages here – a key place for digestive issues. Taking 5 or so deep diaphragmatic breaths will actually improve the metabolism – very important if you are trying to lose weight but equally important for general health and well being.

Pay attention to how food makes you feel: Take some time to notice how you feel about food – both before and after. As a rule if the idea of a food makes you feel good but eating it makes you feel sluggish afterwards then it isn’t beneficial to your system. I think this is probably one of the hardest lessons to learn when changing a diet – quite often we don’t really feel like the healthy option – yet after we have eaten it we actually feel better. No regrets! The complete opposite of what happens when we go for the unhealthy option.  Taking time to notice how you feel after food will eventually help you to start focusing on this benefit before you eat – rather than getting consumed by the thought of taste pleasures.

I hope these tips are useful!

Kate

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