May 11, 2021
Do you hate cooking? Are you indifferent to food? Do you associate the words, “rushing,” and, “eating,” together? Do you often find yourself stress eating?
When you prepare and eat your meals in a state of stress, your body is unable to absorb nutrients or even digest foods properly, and it increases your chances of constipation or uncontrollable bowel movements.
When you are feeling stressed out, your cortisol levels rise. Cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone, makes you crave sugary, salty, and fatty foods. Why? Because your brain thinks it needs fuel to fight whatever threat is causing the stress.
The brain and the gut are in constant communication. Stress can cause a decrease in blood and oxygen flow to the stomach, cramping, and imbalance in gut bacteria and inflammation. These can lead to gastro-intestinal disorders such as IBS, IBD, poetic ulcers, or GERD.
My teacher at Canadian School of Natural Nutrition taught me how to cook with love. Before her, I had never really thought about the importance of being in a good mood while cooking or eating.
What does it mean to, “Cook with love”? It means exactly what it sounds like. As you combine all of your ingredients together, you always add a cup or two of love.
So starting at your next meal, don’t forget to add the most important ingredient, love!