Fibromyalgia Diet - Why Smaller Meals are Better

Uploaded by FibromyalgiaAnswers on 13.12.2010

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\f0\fs24 \cf0 \'93I just watched the module on proper eating. Can you explain a little
more why smaller meals are better?\'94\ \
\pard\pardeftab720\li1800\fi-1800\ri720\qj \cf0 The smaller meals are better. If you
think about it in terms of the way the digestive system and the energy production systems work,
if you put in a large volume of food, first, it puts a huge burden on the existing structures
responsible for managing that food. These would be namely the stomach, primarily, the
small intestine, the secondary units of digestion and absorption which are the gall bladder
and the liver, and then some portions of the large intestine.\
\ When you put a large volume in, you are less
likely to have sufficient enzymes and hydrochloric acid available to digest that food. Therefore,
that undigested food passes through as an incompletely digested food particle which
poses a couple of problems.\ \
First, you do not get the nutritional value out of that food because it has not been completely
digested. Second, that incompletely digested food is a food source for the body. The body
is looking at it saying, \'93How can I get access to these nutrients?\'94 It does this
by increasing what is called the osmotic pressure or the fluid pressure between the stomach
and the small intestine.\ \
It forces these large particles through the small holes in the small intestine which,
in effect, enlarges those holes and allows toxins to drift back into the system along
with these undigested food particles. The body sees these incompletely digested food
particles, doesn\'92t recognize them for what they are, perceives them to be a threat, and
then activates the immune system.\ \
It creates a whole host of problems when you eat the larger meals less frequently. You
need to eat smaller portioned meals but proportionally nutritionally sound. \
\ In other words, look at the palm of your hand.
Imagine that the palm of your hand represents the complex carbohydrates\'97the fruits and
the vegetables\'97and then the first two fingers represent the protein and the last two fingers
represent the fat. If you eat smaller meals in those proportions, in those ratios, it
is an optimal opportunity for the body to completely digest it, absorb it, get the nutrients
from it, and to not cause any of the secondary side affects I just described.\