Healthy habit #2: Eating from light to heavy

A major shift in my overall well-being and eating behavior started happening when I started to strictly eat from light to heavy. Better digestion and therefore better overall health, the ability to digest food better and faster, consequently gaining more energy as your body spends less energy on digestion (post will follow!) are some benefits you’re able to gain!

Eating from light to heavy means that you put the food you’re eating in an order of what food is digested the easiest, digested fairly quick and food that takes the longest time to digest. Food that digests easy is “light” food, conversely food that takes a long time to digest is “heavy” food.

Kimberly Snyder, a great nutritionist, gave a good example regarding eating from light to heavy: If you have a road with a motorcycle, a car and a truck, how would you arrange those vehicles on the road so that everybody comes to its destination first? Would you place the truck first, then the car and then the motorcycle? No because that would cause a traffic jam. You would want to put the fast motorcycle first, the car after and then the truck so that everybody comes to its destination fast.

The same thing is happening in your body. Eating heavy foods before light foods causes much as the motorcycle and the truck a traffic jam inside of your body. You can however easily solve this problem by switching up the order of eating your food.

An example. For dinner you want to eat fruit first as it is digested most quickly, followed by a salad, followed by vegetables and grains. Rice, pasta, fish and co would go last as well! A common dinner tradition is eating fruit after a heavy meal as dessert. Big no no. As you put heavy food in your body that is digested really slow, eating fruit after causes the fruit to sit on top of your heavy meal. By the time the heavy food is digested, the fruit started to ferment inside of your body. Results are bloating, toxins and waste being stored in your body and also weight gain.

As you eat from light to heave during a meal, you can also try to practice eating from light to heavy during the day. As your body uses the time in the morning to detoxify, freeing your body from heavy breakfasts that puts all your energy in digestion can help you regain your energy in the morning and give your body more time to detoxify. Ever felt like passing out after lunch or being so tired you feel like napping instead of working? Cause can be your heavy lunch as again all your beautiful energy flows into digestion. The longer you will follow the principle the easier it will be and the less hungry you’ll feel in the morning and at noon time. I’m working on a blog post regarding proper lunch meals that won’t slow down your digestion and therefore won’t steal your energy you need throughout the day, so stay tuned! 🙂

Ease off your digestion by eating from light to heavy and see the benefits for yourself 🙂 I hope you’re inspired to try it, if you have question or comments leave a comment below 🙂

XO Monalisa

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Healthy habit #1: Oil pulling

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What is oil pulling and why is oil pulling a healthy habit?

Oil pulling is one habit I included into my morning routine as it is super easy, only requires a little of your time and has many great benefits! The most obvious benefit of oil pulling is oral health as it strengthens your gums, fastens loose teeth and whitens your teeth. Oil pulling can be an preventive method for cavities and gingivitis, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth and bad breath as well as plaque. If your lips are dry and you’re looking for a natural way to keep your lips soft and smooth at all times, oil pulling is for you as well!

The oil pulls out harmful bacteria and toxins out of your blood as the oil mixes with the saliva in your mouth. This powerful remedy, also mentioned in ayurvedic literature is said to improve not only oral health but also systemic diseases such as Asthma or Diabetes.

What do I need and how do I do it?

Recommended for oil pulling is a high quality vegetable oil. I personally prefer coconut oil as it is as good as odor-and tasteless Plus, I always have coconut oil on hand as I use it for nearly everything (post will follow!). So what do you have to do? In the morning, BEFORE you brush your teeth and eat, you put one tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish it around for around 15 – 20 minutes. Make sure you move the oil around as much as possible (don’t forget inter-dental spaces), but be careful NOT to swallow the oil! As you’re pulling out toxins and bacteria you want them to leave your body so we don’t want to defeat the purpose by putting them back in. The oil will change consistency the longer you swish it around and it will become foamy, which is perfectly normal. If you aren’t able yet to spoon that much oil, start with half a tablespoon and increase if you can. After 15 – 20 minutes you simply spit it out. You will probably feel like there is gunk coming out of your throat, which might be a bit uncomfortable but it’s leaving your body and that is a good thing so no worries. If you think you can’t hold the oil in your mouth without swallowing it, it is better to spit it out sooner than swallowing any of the oil. How did it help me? I saw great improvement in my skin especially if hormonal changes show up as zits around my chin area. My teeth are a whiter and years of gum abuse through harsh toothbrushes left my gums often times irritated. Through oil pulling my gums are stronger and I just feel refreshed with a clean mouth and teeth even before brushing my teeth. I also see more gunk coming out if I accidentally eat dairy, which only strengthens my belief and the common theory that dairy is mucus forming.

If I’m not on my laptop writing or checking emails, I use the time I shower in the morning to do oil pulling and spit it out after. Light stretching and a short meditation while oil pulling are great opportunities to start your day fresh and renewed – while taking one step closer to detox your body. Just like that 🙂

I hope this little post helped and maybe even inspired you to try oil pulling for yourself, if you’re not already doing it! If you try it let me know how it goes and if you have questions don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

XO Monalisa