The Link Between Resting and Digesting

Feeling a little indigestion lately? You’re not alone. It’s a common complaint amongst the rat-race crew making up our society. There are many reasons indigestion inflicts us, but here’s one way to tackle the problem... Who doesn’t love a good Italian café. Better yet, a healthy one. I discovered Pane e Vino in 2010 while working in the Heartland area of Mississauga, Ontario. It’s a beautiful little café nestled amongst a commercial hot bed. You’d miss it if you blinked. Yet, its bright and friendly atmosphere invites you inside for a delicious meal.

Pane e Vino has taught me the importance of sitting down to enjoy a delicious meal. During hectic days at the office, it was always a treat to take an hour and indulge on hearty salads, warming soups and gourmet sandwiches. It’s difficult these days to sit down and enjoy a meal. We eat at our desks, we shovel food as we drive, or we race out the door with a smoothie on our way to the next activity. Food was never meant to be consumed on the run.

Here’s a little anatomy lesson for those less in the know. In order to digest, your body must be in a parasympathetic state. This means it must be relaxed.

Have you heard the term “fight or flight”? That is an example of a sympathetic state - running away from danger or racing to the finish line. Blood flow is rooted away from our stomachs during these events because it is needed by our muscles, eyes, and ears. The other term you may have heard is “rest & digest”. This is the state you must be in to properly break down and utilize your food.

My task for you is to implement at least one sit-down meal each day. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner – take the time to enjoy your meal with another person. Turn off the TV, turn off the computer, and turn off your phone. Just sit and eat.

Your tummy will thank you!

Resting & digesting – just what the (future) doctor ordered.