The Challenge - Week 3
So now we are getting the hang of tuning into our bodies. It really is just like listening to music. One of the biggest indicators of your health and one of the things that impacts on all other areas of your health is your gut health. Trust me, this is something I have struggled with for years, and hence, have a fairly good grasp on what works and what doesn’t. So this week, we are going to talk about the stuff that no one wants to talk about - poo. What goes in, must come out!
This week it is time to tune in to your digestive system. The digestive system starts with your mouth and hence, digestion starts with your mouth. The next down the line is your stomach, then small intestine and lastly the large intestine. So there are several different parts we need to tune in to. Here’s how;
- Mouth - monitor how you eat your food. A lot of us eat on the run or take huge mouthfuls of food and swallow them before we have even registered what went in. Focus on what is in your mouth when you are eating and count how many times you chew each mouthful. The aim is 20 to 30 chews per mouthful.
- Stomach - how do you feel immediately after eating. What happens when the food is in your stomach. Do you get reflux, do you feel bloated do you feel nausea?
- Small Intestine - how do you feel generally in the gut. Do you have bloating, do you have flatulence, do you have abdominal pain or cramping? Take note at different times during the day.
- Large Intestine - take note of your poo. Some people think going to the toilet once per week is normal. We should be having a bowel motion at least once daily, if not two to three times per day. And, your stools should be well formed and easy to pass.
Your challenge this week is to start to look after your gut. There is no one size fits all, however, there are some things guaranteed to help. So your challenge this week is to;
Cut out sugar - sugar is one of those “foods” that we eat so much of and is really not necessary. Firstly, take out all the added sugar, like in tea and coffee, then move towards choosing foods that have no sugar added.
The best way to do this is to eat foods that have not been processed. Think about how much added sugar is in a chicken and brocoli stir fry compared to a pizza. Think about how much sugar is in a handful of nuts compared to a chocolate bar.
This is a huge challenge, but I know you are all up for it. Don’t be drastic, just cut it out when you can stick to the process. Some people may experience detox like symptoms, so just remember to drink heaps of water.
Remember - tuning in to your body is just like listening to music, and everybody knows how to listen to music.
This document has been prepared for the Body Intelligence 30 Health Challenge by Jacqueline Edser and is to be used in this context only. The information provided is not meant to substitute professional assessment or medical diagnostics and treatment.