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How we eat more important than what we eat

The digestive system, with its linings, valves and various fluids, is a complex bodily organ deserving a certain pampering, says a B.C. food writer.
The digestive system, with its linings, valves and various fluids, is a complex bodily organ deserving a certain pampering, says a B.C. food writer.

Van Clayton Powel, 58, of Whistler, author of You Are NOT What You Eat, believes how we eat is just as important, often more important, than what we eat.

Following simple tips, like allowing the stomach to complete digestion of one meal before eating again, is a good idea, Powel said in an interview. It allows the system a chance to not only do its job, but also recuperate afterwards and it works better than any restrictive diet.

He said he sought out answers because of a personal experience: a troublesome digestion with an ever-growing list of food sensitivities. And he looked to long-time Asian practice as well as modern Western science.

Powel will be speaking at the Greater Victoria Public Library, Emily Carr branch, Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and the Central branch Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

— Richard Watts