Mix and match your favorite dish will feed your gut and the “happy” messengers to your brain.
The brain, under the Central Nervous System, generates thoughts and emotions. When a person is under stress (physical or emotional), the Sympathetic Nervous System (under Peripheral Nervous System) is in charge. The person will enter a “Fight or Flight” state where energy is diverted to muscles to handle the situation. The body will temporarily suppress the digestive actions, like secretion of digestive enzymes. The stress may initiate secretion of stress hormones that can put the stomach or intestines into spasm. Suppression of digestive enzymes and spasm can trigger dyspepsia or diarrhea. Undigested food is also the beginning of dyspepsia and other chronic digestive issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). With indigestion, neurotransmitters cannot be produced efficiently, and gut-brain communication suffers.
Mindful Eating (i.e., paying attention to our food, the color, the smell, the taste, the texture, the sources, without judgment) is an approach to food that focuses on our sensual awareness of the food and our experience of the food, good or bad.