Let’s talk about stress, baby. Let’s talk about you and me . . .

The fight or flight response due to acute or chronic stress will really do a number on emotional and physical health.

Here are 3 quick fixes to implement at your next meal.

1. eat in a calm, relaxed setting

Like, not in the car while also putting on make-up, and oh yeah, um driving.

Take a few minutes before you eat and try to let go of any stress or anxiety you may be feeling.

Eating while calm and relaxed will activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part of your body responsible for “rest and digest.”

2. eat in an unhurried manner

Oh, god. This one is hard for me. How do you slow down when you’ve been going, going, going all day?

Eating slowly and purposefully is super important because you give your body time to stimulate digestive juices in the mouth and stomach (which aids digestion).

Eating slowly will also improve your ability to gauge satiety so you are less likely to overeat.

3. chew thoroughly

Don’t swallow your food whole like my pup, Ama!

I know I’ve been guilty as charged. Oops.

Chewing makes you salivate, which is the first stage of digesting starches and also signals your stomach to prepare for incoming. . .

Chewing also delights your taste buds so you’ll get more enjoyment out of what you are eating. There’s a reason we take shots of taste-bud-assaulting alcohol or medicine.

Next time you feel yourself running around like an overwhelmed headless chicken, see if you can integrate these practices into your next meal. These behaviors aid digestion and gut health (and improve your overall health and well being).

Food is energy. Consciously eat your meals. Savor the meal and allow the food energy to positively impact your health.

Your body will thank you!😍