Did you know that stress & anxiety can impair digestion? If you deal with digestive issues such as constant bloating or indigestion, a good question to ask yourself is, “Am I calm and relaxed at meal time?”
When you bring stress from work, anxiety about a circumstance, or frustration in a relationship to the table, your body may not be in the optimal state to digest your meal. The same goes for food fear and guilt. If you feel like you’re eating something you “shouldn’t” or a “bad food,” those thoughts can trigger negative emotions, cause you stress (mental, emotional and physical) and hinder your ability to digestive efficiently.
Here are simple ways to calm your nervous system and get your body back to “rest & digest” mode:
*Take several deep, slow breaths. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
*Remind yourself that the healthiest thing you can do at mealtime is to eat slowly, mindfully and with enjoyment.
*Express gratitude for the meal.
*You may now dig in!