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When does my body feel off kelter, bloated, and my waistline feels tight? When there are days of disordered eating,
Disordered eating are the days when your meals are stretched out, patched together, skipped, or squished together. Most often it’s due to busyness - running here and there - or unpreparedness. September is a danger zone for this.
The impact of disordered eating, even when eating healthy, is that you throw your hormones out of whack, you encourage weight retention, and create digestive problems.
Consuming food triggers a cascade of hormones in your body which then influence other hormone pathways. Disordered eating creates insulin dysregulation - most often keeping insulin levels raised (not diabetic, just raised). The danger here is that insulin functions as a growth factor within cells - this is one reason why elevated insulin levels are related to cancer growth and accelerated aging.
A healthy microbiome cannot exist on grazing, coffee and energy bars, or snacking instead of eating a meal. This lacks fiber - necessary for your beneficial bacteria. When they are starved, they eat your gut lining which leads to leaky gut, increased allergies, and compromised immunity.
Bunching your meals, on the other hand, creates a digestive backup and encourages reflux, And, most often the bunching happens later in the day which leads to weight gain.
Being conscious of meal timing - eating distinct meals with 4-5 hour periods of non-eating between meals will help you maintain energy, lose weight, regulate your hormones, improve gut health, and protect you from GERD.
The solution to disordered eating is having meals planned, ideally prepared, and creating an eating schedule that you stick to each day. The schedule does not have to be the same every day, but each day you need to plan when you will eat, when you will not eat, and what you are eating.
Without the time or desire to do this on your own - join a jolie meal program. Or perhaps lunch is your hardest meal to get in, order lunch delivery for September. Or if breakfast is the hard part, think about intermittent fasting or have a smoothie or broth pack delivered.
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