What if you could learn you how to tune into your own body for information on when and how much to eat, rather than relying on external cues?
You’d be able to stop overeating naturally, feel satiated on less food, digest better and have an inbuilt tool to use anytime, anywhere, for the rest of your life.
Some of us have been on one diet or another for so long we no longer know how to eat without the rules and numbers we’re trying to adhere to.
But it can be scary to do away with diets and the rules that come along with them:
-How do I know what and when to eat?
-How do I know when to stop?
-If I don’t have rules, will I just go off the rails and eat everything in sight?
Luckily, your body is the best nutritionist you have, if you listen to it.
One of the best ways to eat is to look at getting each macronutrient at each meal (fats, carbs, proteins), even snacks. Each helps the other digest so we need all three! Looking at the quantities (after of course already considering their quality!) is one of the best ways your body can tell you about how you’re feeling immediately after eating:
– Not enough carbs (yes, we should include them!) you’ll have a sugar craving pretty soon after dinner
– Not enough (healthy) fats (yup, also been left off our plates) you’ll feel hungry soon after eating, no matter how much you ate!
– Not enough proteins will leave you craving certain foods.
By tuning into each meal we can start to get away from our reliance on someone or something to tell us what and when to eat.
It’s also what I feel is the starting point too in ‘mindful eating’, a term I almost roll my eyes over when I hear it. You just hear it so much! But it’s not just a grandiose statement but small doable steps.
We don’t always have control over the food we eat or the quality of it, such as when going to a dinner party, eating out, or when travelling. Regardless of circumstances you can almost always eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and eat according to hunger.
It’s not easy but it’s worth it. It requires you to stop numbing out around food and find better ways to deal with stress, boredom, and other triggering feelings. It’s not easy, and it takes time to learn, but it sets you up for a lifetime of healthy eating in the most natural way possible.
I really like the ‘project’ of taking the time to listen to my body after (and during) eating much like I do with my training. Mindful eating is really what no diet can tell you. And mindful eating like bodyful training could have you switched on into your own health on a daily basis not just when you’re feeling sick and reaching for the chicken soup.