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Listening to Your Body and Your Hunger…

When Dieting we consider many concepts, ideas, attitudes about what is important and what isn’t. But how many of us have simply just stopped to listen to our body? I’m not talking about listening to the voice of the brain that chatters on about tempting things we shouldn’t be eating. I want you to consider for a minute that every moment, every second, your body knows exactly what you need to survive. You’re thirsty when you need hydration. You crave certain food when your body needs specific content and vitamins. And, mostly, when you are full, you actually have what’s called an appestat in your brain that tells you when to stop eating. However, we have simply stopped listening to our bodies, because we are mostly eating on the run, living on the run, and never stop.

Make it a practice to eat with no devices turned on. Don’t answer phone calls, watch television, scan the web, or make idle chat while eating. Simply taste each bite. I good extra practice is to chew your food enough times to remember every hand that had to touch your food before it has gotten to your plate and give thanks to each person responsible for the nutrition that you are gleaning from each bite… each morsel.

If we could do just this much, we could probably never have to diet again. I’ve been on this conscious eating plan for a while now and the extra flab is just falling off. I can also see, as I stay conscious of my bad habits sneaking back in, when and where I need to work on making a shift in consciousness about certain food. For instance, today, I wanted a sandwich with protein and decided on a half of a bagel instead of an entire one. The choice was perfect. I didn’t feel heavy and full after I ate. In fact, I was even able to swim a few laps about 30 minutes after dinner.

This evening when I normally would have snacked on something like popcorn or a couple dates with nut butter, instead I ate just a 1/2 of an orange. It was actually enough.

Let’s be satisfied with enough.

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