Big, heartfelt thanks to everyone who made it out to the party on Friday! We could not have made it this far without you. It is with deepest appreciation and utmost gratitude that we look to the future, and hope that we can continue to grow in service to this community.
Fall is associated with transitions of all kinds, many of which inspire nicknames for this time of year, such as “cold and flu season” and “sweater weather”. If your household is anything like ours, the Fall also unofficially kicks off “over-eating season”.
Gathering with loved ones and sharing a fulfilling meal is one of the greatest joys in life, and there is no reason to miss out on all the upcoming holiday festivities just because one is being health conscious. Here are some basic tips to help you navigate your options when preparing for a feast:
- Help with the Cooking – the process of digestion engages all of your senses, and it begins with your eyes and nose. Seeing and smelling good things to eat triggers your brain to begin the process of digestion, releasing hormones and enzymes in preparation for food. This ensures that what you do end up eating gets properly digested.
- Pace Yourself – The sensation of satiety – or the feeling of being full – is dependent on timing as well as quantity of food. In Chinese medicine, we talk about the importance of taking the time to thoroughly chew food, and modern science shows that this aids the release of digestive hormones and enzymes. So, if you have a little something 20 minutes before the “real food” comes, you will more likely be able to recognize when you’ve had enough.
- Start with Savory and End with Sweet – there is wisdom in ending with dessert, and not just because of taste preferences. The body responds differently when sweets are consumed on an empty stomach versus in the presence of other foods, specifically fiber-rich foods.
- Speaking of fiber… Eat More Fiber – not only does fiber change the absorption rate of sugars and carbohydrates in general, it also helps aid in digestion overall.
- Smile – your emotional state has a strong effect on your digestive health. So eat, laugh, and be merry! and leave the family feuds and politics at the door.
- Take a Walk – after all that food and beverage, take the whole gang outside for a little post-prandial constitutional. A fifteen minute walk is all it takes to burn some calories, regulate blood sugar, and aid in digestion.
If you have more specific questions regarding what to eat this Thanksgiving, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Evolve Health + Wellness. Our team of doctors, licensed acupuncturists, and nutritionists are here to help!
🍁Fall is coming!🍁 . As the Summer heat comes to an end, we approach the abundant Fall season. According to Chinese medicine, Fall is the transitional time of Yin within Yang – indicating an inward shift in the environment and the body. This shift can be observed in nature through the beautiful changes in color, the shedding of leaves, and the reaping the harvest of seeds planted at an earlier time. In the same way, the body will reflect the benefits of efforts made in the past towards better health as we move into the colder months of the year. 🍁 The Fall is associated with the Metal element in a Chinese medicine. Metal corresponds to the organ of the Lungs, which expand and contract in the same way a soft metal can in heat and cold. Metal also governs sadness and grief, organization, communication, attachment, and boundaries between self and other. Take time this Fall to nourish the Metal element by practicing deep breathing, finding inspiration with every inhale and, with every exhale, letting go of things that do not serve you.
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