I know that changing your life is a big promise, but here’s the thing…eating doesn’t really have to be all that complicated.
Even as a nutritionist and professional in healthy eating sometimes I have to be reminded of good food rules. On occasion I will pull out my massive book stash and see what message my intuition leads me to.
“The Body Ecology Diet.” by Donna Gates
I begin to flip through the book. I know I am a big fan of fermented foods already which is very important in this diet, but then I land on a page with a very simple, yet profound message.
“Stop eating when you are 80% full. Leave 20% left for digestion.”
WOW. I mean I think it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that we all tend to overeat at least on occasion because we want to make sure we are full. We also know we probably shouldn’t. The reason why is what I find so interesting. Our digestive system NEEDS room to do it’s work.
We NEED room in our stomach to digest our food. We shouldn’t be topping off our stomach like a gas tank. Doing this just doesn’t show our body love.
Digestion is SO important to our health. If we are not digesting food properly than we are not assimilating nutrients correctly and this leads to lots of health issues.
Children with Down syndrome are already at a disadvantage when it comes to digestion. They lack stomach acid and digestive enzymes. This is a couple of the reasons so many of our kids end up on heartburn or constipation medication.
My biochemistry professor always used to joke that we live in the land (America) of “overnutrition.” In other words, we are getting more macronutrients which are the fats, carbs, and proteins then we need, but we are falling very short on micronutrients which are those precious vitamins and minerals.
Too much food, but not enough nutrients. It’s a huge problem and is exasperated by our love for food like substances such as processed foods and fast foods like McDonalds.
We are sick and our children are sick.
Did you know our children are the first generation in history that are not expected to live longer than we will?
Let that sink in for a minute. Our children are going to have a shorter lifespan then us.
I’m not ok with that and that is why I do what I do.
If you need help reach out. I can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t already grabbed your copy of “The Bliss 21 Club Mama Guide,” created for mom’s who have a child with Down syndrome. Do it now! It’s filled with practical health/wellness advice.
Eat nutrient-dense foods till 80% full. Set the example and hopefully your kiddos will follow!
In abundant health,