There are many ways in which you can feed the soul. Obviously the first thought that comes to my mind would be in association with food. We all need food on a daily basis to survive and function well. I try to implement mindful eating around all my mealtimes to ensure that my overall daily outlook on life is balanced. Each mealtime I try to alternate my choice of food by not sticking to the same routine day in and day out when it comes to mealtimes to ensure that I am giving my body the optimum nutrition and plant based foods which is vital in consuming a varied diet.
There’s a famous saying that says, going to sleep is like a time machine to breakfast, for me that is certainly the case. When we are asleep our bodies are still functioning to digest and break down the food groups that we have consumed throughout the day. Often on rising we can have either a spring in our step or a heavy sluggish feeling in our body. This naturally depends on our level of work and stress, or it can also be triggered by the foods that you have incorporated in the previous day which have either had a positive digestive flow or a negative reaction to your body’s alignment within the gut.
Another famous quote is, a moment on your lips is a lifetime on your hips. I was once caught up in a situation where I found myself reaching deep into a large family sized bag of kettle crisps which I was thoroughly enjoying at the time, but I was interrupted by a previous boss of mine who brushed past me with a comment, should you be eating those? It would be a moment on your lips and a life time on your hips. At the time I was hurt and embarrassed, however, was I really feeding my soul with nourishing foods, or was I caught up eating something that would do me no justice?
When feeding your soul, what’s important is to actually be in tune with yourself, it’s ok to have the odd burger and chips, although it’s what goes with it that can lead to your downfall. Sometimes we lose sight of the balance of allowing ourselves to have the occasional indulgent moment, but it’s knowing when to enjoy it and savour it and not overindulge and fall off the band wagon.
Food plays a vital role in providing our bodies with vital nutrients and minerals and the digestion process is what effectively controls the gut. Since our diet influences our microbes, it’s true we really are what we eat.
Every time you eat a meal, you’re feeding your gut and the other organs in your body. In the past decade, there has been an avalanche of new research and hypotheses about how the microbes that live inside us affect our health, weight, and even moods.
While our knowledge of the human microbiome is still far too limited to make specific dietary recommendations, the following suggestions may help to nourish a more complex gut environment by fueling beneficial bacteria:
- Eat a wide variety of high fiber foods every single day, including:
- vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
- Incorporate prebiotic foods So-called prebiotic foods are rich in the types of
- fibre that beneficial gut bacteria thrive on. Best bets include onions, garlic, leeks,
- shallots, asparagus, beets, cabbage, beans, lentils, soybeans, whole wheat, oats,
- and bananas.
Enjoy fermented foods
Fermented foods get their tang from lactic acid-producing bacteria, which can survive your harsh digestive tract and actually populate your gut, at least temporarily. While these foods aren’t necessarily probiotics, they may help to support a healthy digestive system. Yogurt with live and active cultures is an easy source, but there are plenty of other deliciously funky options. Experiment with kefir (a fermented yogurt drink), kombucha tea unpasteurized miso, tempeh (fermented soybean cake), and fermented vegetables with live cultures such as pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi (look for these in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, since shelf-stable jars don’t contain live bacteria).
Remember you gut starts from your mouth, so don’t take it for granted that your gut is at the base of your stomach, it processes food from the second touches your mouth, so take that valuable comment on board a moment on your lips could be a nightmare in your gut!