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QUESTION 1 The issue that raises most concern is the timing for food especially supper.
We agree it is quite a challenge for working people to manage to have supper 4 hours before bed time. Most people work 8 A.M- 5 P.M and stay far away from their place of work. Add to this the time taken in the usual jam during rush hour. They therefore get home past 8 P.M.
Allow me to point out that 8 P.M is not a good time to take a heavy meal. By this time, the body has already slowed down preparing for the activities that happen when we switch off to sleep.
This is why when you get home in the evening, all you want to sit down with a remote control to flip through TV channels. Taking a heavy meal at this time is sabotaging your body’s’ restorative process when you sleep.
Avoid taking heavy supper. The truth is we do not need energy to sleep. Take only a light snack like vegetable juice or pumpkin soup two hours before you sleep. Some people say they cannot go to sleep on an empty stomach but I submit to us that this is what is on your mind. It is what you tell yourself repeatedly that becomes your reality.
Disrupt that thought and avoid supper after 6 P.M and your body will adjust to it. If you sleep on an empty stomach, you get good quality sleep because the body functions that happen when we sleep are happening without competing with digestion. You wake up feeling fresh and full of energy.
What should I take in the morning for breakfast if I avoid Tea and Bread?
This is a major concern to most people. The only reason we take tea and bread or whichever tubers we have is because we are programmed that way. We got our parents doing the same and it became our default setting.
The maxim for meal plan is your breakfast should be your heaviest meal. This cannot be the case if you take tea and bread or tubers for breakfast. These are at best snacks taken at 10 or 4 O’clock tea break.
Having the heaviest meal in the morning means taking a full meal with vegetables half of the portion, carbohydrates and proteins composing the other half. Personally I take food in the morning. The kind of food I avoided in the evening.
Start by swapping the food you take for supper to be your breakfast and your breakfast to be your supper. Try to allow at least two hours between your evening snack and bed time to start with.
Consciously improve by avoiding heavy snacks like ngwaci, nduma or cassava which digest slowly. They also have a lot of glucose that is converted to fat and stored by the body when we eat and sleep.
Also avoid tea and coffee because they have caffeine which interferes with sleep.
You can take herbal teas like lemon grass Hibiscus, Cinnamon and others. Avoid caffeinated drinks when preparing to go to sleep.
You can also try a fruits platter when you get home instead of solid food. If you take a plate of say pawpaw or watermelon, it will fill your stomach. This digests quickly and will clean your gut as you sleep unlike solid food.
Note that our digestive system is made to digest food when we are seated upright not when sleeping flat on the bed. Do not lie flat after a meal even during the day.
I get thirsty after food.
The need to take water after a meal is real. However, this is because the body is removing water from the stomach to allow for digestion. The food that is mixed with saliva amylase in the mouth is called sludge. This is what the stomach work on.
If you take water or any other liquids be it juice or tea with meals, you complicate the process of digestion because the body will have to remove the water first before it starts digestion.
This slows digestion. The water also dilutes digestive enzymes reducing the efficiency of digestion.
Take water after 1 hour and ensure to take it warm. However, you can take a few sips of hot water to clean your mouth after a meal. The best way however is to brush your teeth if you are at home.
How does one get enough calcium if I do not take milk?
The truth is milk from a cow is only good food for a calf of a cow. Not even for a baby from another animal like a goat. It does not happen in the animal kingdom. No calf from a different species suckle another animal. This is scientific.
The milk composition from a cow is very different from milk from human being. Giving a human baby milk from a cow is like putting diesel in a petrol engine car. The consequences are clear.
It get even worse where grown ups take milk and milk products. In the animal kingdom, no grown up animal takes milk even from their own species let alone from a different animal.
This is because milk is basically food for babies. It is loaded with growth hormones to kick start growth. It also has lactose sugar which is broken down by the enzyme lactase. Lactase dries up in human being at age 4 years.
Any products with lactose you take after lactase has dried up complicate things in the gut. This is why there is a lot of talk about lactose intolerance.
Besides, milk is highly acidic. Any time you take high acid foods, the body goes on panic mode and seek out calcium to control the acidity. If you do not have enough calcium which is normal, it leeches calcium from bones and teeth causing osteoarthritis and dental problems.
Milk is also a carrier of staphylococcus pathogen due to mastitis infection in most cows. Farmers in our region do not observe withdraw periods for milk after applying antibiotics and other medications on the animal.
These remain active in dairy products and are transferred to human beings. They may cause a lot of complications.
This applies to meat products as well. Their withdrawal period is much longer stretching up to 28 days for some drugs. The world Health Organization does good work to profile this but most farmers do not observe the withdrawal period.
Our systems for testing milk and meat products are too weak to detect them in slaughtered animals. Our meat inspection remains oral to date. Even in milk they only test for fermentation level or milk density which only detects whether milk is adulterated with water.
It is important to avoid any products that put your health in high risk levels. Our advice is choose organically grown vegetables as your source of food. Take much of them raw and at the right timing and you will enjoy radiant health and longevity of life.
With profound regards,
Founder and CEO
Azima Wellness Consultants Ltd
Conference speaker & Corporate Trainer in Total Wellness