The BYG Method has its roots in the ancient systems of medicine from the East as well as modern nutritional science more familiar to people in the West. By combining Eastern and Western wellness theory, we are able to identify three main elements that are at play in digesting the foods you consume. Although we have all elements working together to assist in digestion, there are great benefits to understanding the dominant element of your digestive system.
In your early life you may have leaned toward a thinner frame and a fast metabolism, though this may have changed as life moved forward. You might experience a lower appetite and lean toward feeling gassy and bloated when you eat. Think of air as drying and cold. These two factors can create a windstorm in your digestive system and, over time, effect other systems due to a cold and dry environment. For you, gas and constipation can be an issue.
With a predominantly air digestive system, you will benefit from keeping your body warm as well as consuming warm food – temperature matters but also amp up the spices like cumin, ginger and black pepper. For you, routine is the key for your digestive system to function optimally. Developing a consistent rhythm or schedule to your eating will help your body and mind find calm and stay balanced. The body and mind feel a sense of safety when they know it they are going to receive rest, fuel, and a chance to eliminate waste. A tendency to be inconsistent with your mealtimes as well not stopping, sitting, and chewing properly when eating may cause your stomach to gurgle or create gas. This is a sign that you are not getting the most from the foods you are consuming and can lead to fatigue or lack of focus towards the end of the day. For consistent energy, stick to a schedule with sleeping and eating.
Tendencies for Air
- Frequently cold
- Tense muscles
- Creaky joints
- Dry skin
- Fast metabolism
- Low appetite
- Gassy/noisy stomach
- Always “on the go”
- Feelings of burnout
- Light sleeper/insomnia
- Susceptible to colds/flu
Keys to Balance Air
Tips & Tricks
- Prioritize a regular routine around mealtimes.
- Keep calm during meals, avoid multitasking while eating.
- Eat larger quantities without overeating.
- Fats and oils are beneficial for the air digestive system.
- Eat warm foods and spices.
- Cooked vegetables are best.
- Avoid cold, frozen or raw foods.
- After eating, take 3 deep breaths to engage digestion.