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Mindful Eating for Enhanced Mood & Preconception Planning

pregnant-woman-cooking-at-stove-sq-400Have you ever caught yourself mindlessly munching on your lunch while working at your desk or felt a post-meal energy slump? Even more intriguing, have you noticed a positive shift in your mood after a wholesome meal? It may not be at the forefront of our minds, but our eating habits significantly influence our mood and overall well-being.

The Language of Food

At its essence, food is a language; it communicates with your cells and genes. Eating nutritious food facilitates a clear line of communication with your cells, but unhealthy food disrupts this communication, often leading to dis-ease.

The Key to Balance: Listening to Our Bodies

Many health conditions stem from our lifestyle choices. Your body communicates with you through feelings—aches, pains, fatigue, anxiety, brain fog—telling you when something is wrong. If we ignore these signals, our bodies may veer out of balance, leading to dis-ease. However, if we listen to these signs, we can intervene and restore harmony.

Unleashing the Power of the Gut-Brain Axis

Our gut and brain are strongly connected, forming what is often referred to as the Gut-Brain Axis (GBA). This connection influences our mood, with 95% of our “happy neurotransmitter” serotonin being produced in the gut and 70% of our immune system located there. This is why what we eat matters—healthy foods promote beneficial gut bacteria, while unhealthy foods can cause an imbalance, leading to mental and emotional fluctuations.

Eating for Health and Fertility

Good nutrition is not only pivotal for mental and emotional health, but it is also crucial for fertility and preconception planning. Consuming a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and fermented foods helps nourish our bodies, supporting a favourable environment for conception. Mindful eating, which involves focusing on the meal without disruptions, appreciating the food, and eating slowly, can shift the body’s biochemistry, reducing inflammation and stress and promoting fertility.

Foods to Embrace and Avoid

Beneficial foods for supporting mood and fertility include vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and fermented foods, while foods like gluten, sugar, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and colorings may disrupt these processes, leading to mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, and fertility issues.

SoulFull Conception

And speaking of fertility issues, our premier Preconception Planning program, SoulFull Conception, is a life-changing program designed to help you achieve maximum health so that when it’s time to try for a family, you are prepared and have a plan of action for your and your baby’s health.

Take Advantage of a Free Consultation

If you’re interested in learning more about preconception planning, fertility, and the power of mindful eating, do not hesitate to reach out. Contact Taste Life Nutrition today to book a complimentary 15-minute Health is Wealth Consultation with Denver Functional Nutritionist Nikki Burnett!

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