Friday, October 2, 2009

Stop! Look! and Listen...

Those words mean anything to you? For me, those 3 words are indelibly etched upon my brain…beginning about the time I was 5 years old and learning to cross the road. “Okayyyy...." you are saying..."and the point is???"

 My point is...when it comes to the state of your health, remember those 3 words!  Just like when you were a child, they were imprinted upon your grey matter through constant repetition with the end goal of keeping you safe. In the same way, they can also protect you from “harm” today.

STOP!and appreciate your body for the amazing piece of work it is! Therefore, when you are about to eat…STOP

LOOK!…at what you are about to subject that body to. Is what you are going to do going to benefit you or not? Will it assist that amazing piece of work in doing its’ job? Is there enough on your plate/in your bowl to satisfy you, or is there too much? Is it a snack or a meal? When was the last time you ate? Are you going to sit on the couch or walk the dog?

LISTEN…to the messages your body is sending you. Are you eating because you are hungry and/or it is your mealtime? Are you hungry because you ate nothing all day and suddenly emptying the contents of the fridge is #1 priority? Or, did someone really wind you up, tick you off, or made you want to cry and all you want is to crawl into a little hole and gorf down some comfort food? Have you had enough fluid today?…because, just maybe your body is really saying “I’m thirsty” and you misread the cues and eat instead!

Get the idea? I like to call it “conscious eating”. How often have you sat, or, even worse, stood in the kitchen, and eaten without really thinking about what you were eating, how much and, most importantly…WHY?!!!

Try it next time you go to eat something…the answers may surprise you!

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