It's not just all about the food...

You can eat a lot of great food, but if your body isn’t breaking that food down properly, you will not take sufficient advantage of what powerful properties that great food can supply.

SOME TIPS:

AMOUNT OF FOOD/EXERCISE

Obviously, do not overeat. Too much food at one setting is not healthy. Keep your portions small. Remember, movement will help the food you put in as it travels through the gut. {We are not encouraging jumping jacks at our restaurant, try your home or local gym!}

LIQUIDS

Keep yourself properly hydrated—always an essential for good health. But beyond that, watch what you consume during a meal. Fluids are better before a meal or after. If you do drink a liquid, have it room temperature or warm AND sip, don’t gulp.

BONE BROTH

There is a reason for all the fanfare! Bones, that  have been cooked for a long time, produce  a gut-soothing gelatin. This helps improve nutrient absorption. Beyond this advantageous effect, bone broth provides lots of minerals your body craves.

PROBIOTICS

Who has not already jumped on the probiotic bandwagon? And for good reasons! Every gut has both good and bad bacteria. It’s a fact that our bodies are composed of approximately 90% of these creatures, which have existed longer than humans. If the gut gets these bacteria out of balance---expect lots of digestive problems that can lend not only to immediate problems, but also can turn into disease in the future. You can take a supplement, but you can also get your good bacteria from fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchee, miso, tempeh, yogurt] or through fermented beverages (kombucha, kefir}

FAT, YES, I SAID FAT!

Fats can help all that good fiber you are making sure to get,  slide right through the gut. Do not avoid the good Omega 3 oils, that yes, have calories, but good calories!

COMBINE FOOD WISELY

What goes into your gut at the same time makes a difference. Try to eat your fruits in the morning.Consume a starch in the afternoon, paired with a veggie at lunch. Try a healthy protein in the evening, paired with a veggie. Avoid too much protein with an overload of carbohydrates at the same meal. Realize that protein is digested in the stomach, an acid-rich environment. Carbohydrates break down primarily in the small intestine.Meat and potatoes may be the All-American diet, but it is not one that your gut is applauding!

At the Gathering Cafe, we strive to offer complete protein meals where YOU can choose a good combination of foods.

SEE THE “BE AN ARTIST” SECTION OF OUR MENU TO BUILD YOUR OWN PERSONAL PLATE.

HEALTHY FOOD FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY...

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