Day 20 – 30 Day 30 Chew Challenge

Undereating/Fasting/Refusing to Eat

Food -how can something so simple become laden with complications, confusion, and control? People can be incredibly complicated and in part, this diversity is a wonderful asset used in the right way, and in the wrong way can be quite devastating.

Dietary advice is not new. When it comes to recommending a way of eating as being the ‘right’ way for the general populace, there is bound to be a struggle as everyone has their own genetic make-up and dietary needs.

Much like overeating, undereating can stem from many sources; some may be research focused such as aiming for longevity via calorie restriction, others evolve from a need for a sense of control in their lives (a common theme in food-anorexia), others base it off of trending information such as intermittent fasting. There’s also the bulimic pattern that many suffer from and, for others, overconsumption of non-nutritious foods that results in malnutrition over time.

Our humanity has built society to fulfill basic needs. The need for communal connection, support, attention, competition, and care holds many facets. We play a role, whether consciously or not, in the well-being of others. By caring for ourselves with as much cognizant objectivity and subjective feeling as possible we light the way for others to either learn from our mistakes or walk our path.

Undereating or wholly abstaining from food for a short period of time can allow the body a break from digesting and reallocate energy towards addressing and healing. The key to doing so requires abject purpose and intent. Egoistic reasons will often fall short and miss the mark.

“Every fool can fast, but only the wise man knows how to break a fast.”

George B. Shaw, Author.

To properly break a fast, the art of chewing becomes indispensable. This can also be a tool for anyone needing to gently bring a healthy relationship back with their meals and to re-educate their body. Keep food simple, avoid villainizing foods but aim to select the foods best suited to nourish your life.

Nicole Reilkoff ND

Nicole Reilkoff ND

Nicole Reilkoff certified Naturopath and reflexologist, offers her professional bilingual, services from the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex situated in Montréal.




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