Mistake No. 1: We're eating too fast.
Digestion begins in the mouth with chewing. I can inhale an entire LARGE box from Panda Express, which includes two proteins and tons of chow mein, while I'm watching TV.
This is because I'm not concentrating on how much I'm eating, and I'm not taking the time to chew. Apparently, you're supposed to chew your food, and chew slowly, so that you can pay close attention to your body, and stop when you're satisfied, not when you lose all mobility.
If you eat quickly, you'll end up over-eating, and swallowing air which causes:
⦁ Gas-which is okay, if you're living alone on a deserted island, but, if you're planning to be around other humans, you have to make a really tough choice: you can either hold it in, causing painful stomach cramps, or let it out and watch the people around you become disgusted with you. Tip: blame it on a pet or a non-verbal child.
⦁ Bloating-which can happen almost instantly after eating, and is super noticeable- is pretty embarrassing. Getting up from the table (especially when you're on a date), and being asked how far along you are in your pregnancy is NOT COOL.
⦁ Poor digestion-which can lead to inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract; but more importantly: weird, embarrassing stomach noises. Very humiliating in a quiet room.
Mistake No. 2: We're combining the wrong foods.
Apparently starches and proteins "don't go together", they neutralize the digestive juices, taking longer to digest. So, whoever invented hamburgers and hamburger buns was a real jokester.
Separating starchy carbs (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes) from proteins (meat, eggs, fish) improves digestion, frees up your energy, and speeds up metabolism.
Oh, and get this: You're not supposed to combine acidic foods with starchy carbs. Example: tomato sauce and PASTA! Whhaaaaaa?? Spaghetti=LIFE! But it does explain why I have to take a long nap after I eat spaghetti. Note: Sometimes food comas are worth it, TBH).
The body uses up a ton of energy to digest food, and the bad combinations don't make it any easier. I heard it takes about 72 hours to digest a Thanksgiving meal.
Mistake No. 3: We're mistaking dehydration for hunger.
You guys, this means we're overeating. Do you ever go to a restaurant and get a water to sip on while you wait for your food, and then by the time the food comes out, you're not even hungry anymore because of all the water you drank? Now I'm wondering if we are really even hungry to begin with -when that happens- or if we are just thirsty...
Mistake No. 4: We're drinking cold beverages with our food.
"And what would you like to drink with that" - every worker in the food service industry. We should not be drinking liquids, especially cold and sugary liquids, with our meals. Our saliva should moisten the food in our mouth. Our saliva contains an enzyme that helps break our food down. And we're supposed to be waiting at least half an hour after we eat, before drinking anything. Liquids taken with food can minimize our digestive fluids. Cold beverages numb the stomach’s acid-producing glands which inhibits digestion for several hours.
So, there you go, 4 little mistakes we're most likely, all making, which are causing big problems. I hope this blog post helps someone out there who struggles with bloating, fatigue, digestion issues, and/or gas.