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Basic Naturopathic Principles for Eating

13 Oct

Basic Naturopathic Principles for Eating


To reduce the chance of developing future sensitivities, our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctors highly recommend the following basic principles for eating:

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  • Never eat when tired or emotionally upset.
  • Create a relaxed atmosphere around eating.
  • Sit quietly, give thanks.
  • Masticate thoroughly, especially starchy foods. Put your fork down while chewing. Note the aroma, texture of the food.
  • Try and eat natural and organic foods. Avoid eating processed foods as much as possible.
  • Try to rotate foods and do not eat same foods too frequently i.e. eating a sandwich everyday on whole wheat bread, wheat pasta for dinner, toast for breakfast.
  • Eat moderate amounts of foods at each meal. Try to avoid going for “seconds”.
  • Do not eat in front of television or while reading. When you eat, just eat.
  • Do not overcook foods. Steaming, blanching vegetables are the best way of maintaining the highest amount of nutrients in the food. Microwaving destroys the flavonoids and minerals in foods.
  • Do not drink ANYTHING with meals. This will prevent dilution of enzymes necessary for digestion. Use a “20 minute rule” when drinking water or other fluids. By drinking water inbetween meals, this decreases hunger centre of the brain.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while eating.
  • If you are still hungry after eating everything on your plate, wait five minutes before choosing more to eat.
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These principles for eating are great to share with your family! Especially at those big family meals where we tend to go for “seconds”.  Connect with your Mississauga Naturopaths to discuss which principles  you can implement into your daily routines.

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