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Basic Naturopathic Principles for Eating

Posted By On 13 Oct 2016
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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.

This information and linked articles should be taken for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for health care advice. Enjoy these testimonials. However, a result for one patient may not be typical of all patients. Our aim is to help you have an excellent experience at our Mississauga office and to help you reach your health goals.

Dr. Kirsten Almon

Dr. Kirsten Almon has a Naturopathic Family Practice in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for "naturopathic well child visits" and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections.  Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada.

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