While vowing to upgrade her nutritional education, in the process, Tosca Reno says goodbye to tummy trouble.
Surging Ahead Into My Fifth Decade (does that sound as big to you as it does to me?!), I have attempted to vary my conquests both physically and mentally. Enter marathons and triathlons.
Some of you may remember I was particularly interested in earning my nutrition credentials in a formalized way and I had set this goal for myself when I turned 50. That was two years ago, and I am happy to say, after a few false starts, my nutritional journey has begun in earnest. Confirmation that I was in the right place occurred when I learned that the required textbook list included titles I already owned. I am a big believer in self-directed learning, so I always had my nose in books. My mother would ask me on her regular visits what it was I was reading. “Is it romance, history, girl stuff?” My response was always the same, “No mom, I am reading this fascinating book about food.” Even on vacation, I would be reading Nina Planck’s real Food: What to Eat and Why, or Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
The challenge, beyond re-learning the contents of the Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, is to find the time to complete the heavy course-load, along with meeting the demands of an already-overloaded schedule. I do it because I have a passion for learning more about food. This intense 10-month course, with at least 25 hours of homework per week and a boat-load of recommended reading, is a distance learning course offered by the Nutritional Therapy Association based out of Olympia, Washington. There have been many aha! moments along the way. Allow me to share.
- Let’s start with water : To make water “stick” better in the body, you need to up its electrolyte value because, sadly even our water is exhausted. Pour yourself a glass of clean filtered water, than add a pinch of sea salt to replenish your electrolyte stores and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. That will quench your thirst right down to the cells.
- Chew your food : The work begins in your mouth with proper chewing. Your teeth are supposed to grind up whatever food enters your mouth and, with the help of the salivary glands, turn it into a moist ball, which, when swallowed, is delivered to your stomach. But folks, we don’t chew our food properly at all. We gobble, inhale and gulp. Then we belch, burp and fart. So take the time to enjoy your meal to chew your food as your mother advised you and see how much better you’ll feel.
- Stomach acids good for you : Most of us need more stomach acid in order to assist our digestive process. I learned this first-hand when I tired an experiment on myself. For those of us who eat clean, the tummy can respond by shouting back at us with uncomfortable noises, movements and eruptions (ahem!). Protein is among the most difficult macronutrients to digest and a fibrous diet will also make your food-processing machine work harder. After adding a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass of water 20 minutes before each meal, I noticed I no longer had these intestinal issues. My husband and family members are so pleased!If food is improperly digested so that bigger fractions of it leave the stomach to travel further south in the digestive process, these fractional might be attacked by the body immune system. The chain of events that happens next can be catastrophic to our health, resulting in issues like leaky gut, IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and more. If a tablespoon of acidic vinegar is all it takes to ease my belly, I’m all in.
- What does all this mean for you? : A fit woman not only owns a powerful body and an equally fierce brain, but she also possesses good health. The way to do it is to follow the principles I advocate in all of The Eat-Clean Diet books, because I haven’t steered you wrong yet.
Remember, I am always listening.
Easy ways hydrated and digest your food
- Make water wetter
- 8-oz glass filtered, clean water
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Boost stomach acid and digestion
- 8-oz glass filtered, clean water
- 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (with mother-the cloudy substance on the bottom of the container; these are health-giving bacteria)
- Improve digestion and bloating
- Fletcherize your food-chew a minimum of 25 times
- Put your fork and knife down between bites to slow your gobbling down to eating
- Drink the raw apple cider vinegar beverage about 20 minutes before a meal
- Hydrate properly
- If you drink caffeinated beverages, make sure to drink 1.5 times as much water
- Drink a maximum of 100 ounces of water per day.