The Power of the Pause

60% of Australians have recently fallen short on their healthy eating habits! [1], Many of us are currently navigating change and uncertainty. There is something overwhelming about not knowing what’s next. But we can change our perspective and, in turn, change our response to what’s happening to us, within us and around us.

Sometimes we just need to review the automaticity of our life to get better. This month, I invite you to experience the Power of the Pause. This break will change the value, perception and intensity of your actions.

Absorption is in the pause

Up to 2/3 of Australians are snacking two or more times daily. Eating “on-the-go” has become incredibly common to the point that set mealtimes become rarer.

The consequences of these habits are countless, from the common acid reflux, bloating or constipation to skin rashes, joint pain and/or mood disorders. The concept of digestive rest is key.

Digestion may take up to 20% of the energy your body produces. When spending too much energy for digestion, you drain the energy needed for healing, repair, and general maintenance of your body.

It makes great sense to pause, to have long breaks from food. While most snackers believe it’s healthier to eat small meals throughout the day, the absence of regular digestive rest makes no sense from a hormonal point of view.

Naturally, the transition from fed to fasting occurs in stages. Your body needs time to adjust from using readily available glucose to using fat as an energy source. This metabolic flexibility generates numerous, highly beneficial, hormonal adaptations, such as lower insulin, preservation of muscle mass and bone density, and cell rejuvenation.

And it doesn’t take long to get the benefits of this re-balancing.

In the pause, awareness arises

The pause is the moment between your thought and your action, a time to choose your response to external events. In this moment, you become aware of your food choices and your way of eating. You quickly end up making choices that suit your personal needs while improving your digestion and sense of contentment.

Bloating, gas and indigestion start with rushing food in.  When you pause during your meals, your fork down, you take the time to chew, you connect to your sensations of taste and smell, and you enjoy more. You also improve your digestion and sense of contentment.

Identified and spaced meals will also contain your food choices. As you don’t make choices in the moment (“on-the-go”),  you end up being less vulnerable to your willpower gaps. While stopping, sitting and sharing your meals, you transform eating into nourishing your body.

Stress distancing the Power of the Pause

The Power of the Pause is linked to the breath. Between the thought and the action, you start to tune in and connect to your breath and what is good for you.

This self-awareness is the door to change existing patterns and make better choices. Or at the very least, you start to explore different options and choose from a wider range of possibilities what suit you best.

I recently had a few conversations with women not knowing how they feel or what they need to change. They need to pause. This is in this moment that the answer becomes accessible.

When we pause, we reset. We reset our digestion, our mental connection to food, and of our circling thought patterns. From there, positive outcomes will arise.

This month, I invite you to make the resolution to give your digestive system a break. Have a play, start to write down how often you put some food in your mouth and pause. Put your fork down between every bite. Become conscious of your breathing. From the pause will come the awareness and the change of your existing patterns.

If you have fallen short on your healthy eating habits, like 60% of Australians recently [1], if you fell into snacking and treat during these times of uncertainty, don’t beat yourself up! The Real Food Resolution may help you get back to the Power of the Pause, so you change your existing patterns to feel calmer, lighter and happier.

[1] CSIRO Wellbeing Survey – June 20
This blog is meant to educate and should not be used as a substitute for personal medical or psychological advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the information presented is accurate, however, new findings may supersede some information presented. As every single individual circumstances will be different, no individual results should be seen as typical.