Eating healthy has nothing to do with weight loss, but it definitely could!
We’ve all been there and done the following! We’ve eaten to the point of not feeling so great – our body has us a bit bent-over as we clutch our stomach area. We might even take a minute to consider what food or foods have caused us to feel so uncomfortable.
If you listen carefully, you will heed the message your body is trying to relay you before we become uncomfortable once again.
Alas, you eat once again and still don’t feel as great as you could. We have yet to connect with what feels like subtle dots pointing us along the way.
This is especially true if we eat out.
Like a privilege, we often use eating out as a reward: we deserve it, or thank goodness someone is finally serving us for once.
Then, there are those other times when you eat and then we really feel great!
You didn’t over eat or overindulge. Better yet, you ate very healthy foods and your body appreciates it. If you listen very carefully, your body loves and appreciates you for treating it better!
It may seem subtle and even persnickety, but the conversation is actually occurring within your body and mind… have you noticed?
Have you noticed any of the following, such as:
- When eating healthier foods several days in a row… have you noticed how your body appreciates you?
- What about a new favorite restaurant that concentrates on serving healthy organic foods?
Darn it if that restaurant isn’t heavy on your mind and you can’t wait to get back there for another delicious healthy experience, right?
- What about feeling great after eating, with more energy and stamina?
Ahhh, now you are beginning the process of respecting your body.
How amazing to strengthen our bodies through healthy foods in order to support all the astonishing things it can do… ultimately supporting our lives.
Supporting every itty-bitty cotton pickin’ movement we make; an arm gesture, a twist, a turn, even a turn of the head.
How nice to know we are lubricating and exercising our joints, encouraging a stronger immune system and developing muscle.
These results create individuals who have higher self-worth, a boost in confidence about their body as well as upbeat positive thoughts and beliefs during the day, supporting both work and play activities.
Recognize how much happier you are.
The internal war that invariably goes on within your body as it tries to assimilate less-than quality food always manifests as a battle. We’ve all had the experiences of aches, pains, belching, food comas, stomach cramps and constipation.
When the internal war isn’t actively playing itself out, then of course you will feel better, act better and be happier.
Notice your mood too!
Poof! You aren’t easily triggered or angry. There is a calm about you… have you noticed?
As you begin to notice more of your body talk, you will also realize other happy benefits:
- The reduction of stress and anxiety with less restless and sleepless nights.
- Adding years to your life, which creates quality to your life during those years.
- More enthusiasm and endurance for life, which makes you feel younger than the actual years you are.
- Say bye-bye to insomnia, with better sleeping patterns. When you are happier, you sleep better. When you sleep better, you are happier.
- Recovery. Many of us are busy from morning to night. When we listen carefully to our body, we realize at some point our bodies need proper time to recover and recuperate.
- Improves brain function. We’ve all experienced cognitive issues resulting from the lack of proper blood supply going to the brain. With a healthier flow of blood, we develop a stronger initiative to draw upon our creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness.
- Enjoying far less food cravings from the old way of eating.
Fortunately, good nutrition can help you in a plethora of ways without making you feel deprived.
If you haven’t noticed your body feeling better due to honoring yourself with a little shift in your choices of daily consumption, then create a little experiment for yourself.
Eat as you normally would and then ask yourself how you feel after each of the breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.
Here are some pointed questions to ask yourself.
Do you have any energy? Are you tired? Are you moody or exasperated by the smallest of challenges? Are you hot? Are you bloated? Do your clothes feel restricting? Do you find yourself easily out of breath? How does your head feel? Do you have mind fog? Do you feel like you want to lay around or get up to take a walk, play with your dog or children? Do you make matters worse mindlessly eating junk food plopped in front of the tv during the evening hours?
No judgment here, just a few simple questions to communicate and connect with yourself and your body.
Depending on the results you discover, now go and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner meals with a little more consciousness. Be aware of what you are choosing to eat.
Make a game of it!
Being responsible, you could even splurge a little at lunch knowing you will be much more mindful for the dinner meal or vice versa.
Remember to ask the same simple questions above in italics and realize you have done something good for yourself.
There’s nothing better than knowing you are taking better care of yourself with better eating choices and decisions.
Look to no one else, as you are the only one who can do the best job!