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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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homeostasis |ˌhōmēəˈstāsis|
noun ( pl. homeostases |-sēz| )
the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, esp. as maintained by physiological processes.

Eighth day of the diet and I’m beginning to realize that my body wants to go back to what it was before I started dieting. I feel as if I want to eat the entire refrigerator—yes, the metal object, not just what’s inside. Fortunately for me, I emptied most of the remaining junk out of the house. I know, however, that there are two cozy bags of homemade, chocolate chip-oatmeal cookies in the freezer from New Years eve tucked between a pot roast and some pork chops. I purposely froze the cookies so I would have a harder time eating them. Tonight, I swear I almost ate one frozen. If it wasn’t for the bad state of my fragile back teeth, I would have.

I started out the day frantic. I thought I had set my alarm for seven o’clock, but it was really set for eight. So, when I snoozed, I overslept and almost missed a 10 am appointment for my car. Nonetheless, I still emptied a bowl of steel cut oat into my stomach before I left. Eating fast just isn’t a good idea.

When I got home from the automotive repair garage, I did some exercises on my ab machine, worked a little on the computer, then ate a bowl of chicken soup and a handful of sesame sticks. I’m beginning to wonder if the sesame sticks are a little more caloric than they seem. I’ll have to check it out. (Checked it out. The ratio of fat to carbs to protein is 12:14:3—not a good combination. You should be having a 3:4:3 ratio.)

I didn’t start to get the major urge toward homeostasis until midday, when all I could think about were those cookies. Just get rid of then~ you might be thinking. But, I am saving them for when I hit my goal. Right! Get to your dietary goal and then eat cookies. What a great way to reward yourself. Well, now that I think of it, my reasoning is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. In fact, it is a dietician’s nightmare.

I spent a large majority of the day doing work related fluff—I call it. I did bill paying, account checking, post office travelling, and computer work to prepare for my busy week—sedentary. I have to say that I’m happy to be getting back to a full week of work. Christmas was slow moving. I’m not used to spending too much time not working, unless, of course, I’m on vacation, which I wasn’t.

Back to that hunger urge. It actually started off as a bit of a headache. Comfort food always seems to help headaches. I’m not sure why. But I swear, I thought about putting the frozen cookie over my eyes a couple times to see if it would relieve the pain. Ugh… much too tempting. And melted chocolate chips in my eyes wouldn’t be pretty.

In fact, I spent the entire day eating things that resembled sweets, but weren’t. I ate yogurt, I ate not one, but two apples. I ate a couple handfuls of corn chips. I wanted to just pig out, but fortunately I stuck to fairly good food.

When I was sitting alone and listening to my stomach, I could tell I was completely full from dinner, which was three bowls of beef stew and a green salad. That was totally overeating for me. I should have stopped at 1 and ½ bowls.

I did have acupuncture today, which made the day and my body feel better. Trey at East Nashville Acupuncture is my new best friend. He totally rocks! He hits the mark every time. Today I went in at four o’clock and woke up at 5:50. I couldn’t believe I had fallen asleep for that long in a room full of acupuncture-induced meditators. But when the needles are in the right place, one just slips into a beautiful place of rest while your body repairs itself. The wonderful thing is that the cost is only $15, so you can give yourself that gift every week, which I definitely try to do.

Tonight I did about 40 minutes of bouncing on my fitness ball while watching “Elementary.” I hope that was enough exercise to overcome the obvious outcome I’m expecting tomorrow.

I absolutely understand why my clients tell me that they hate looking at their scales every day. The constant monitoring is beginning to drive me a little crazy. Not because I don’t want to see where I am with my diet, but because the losses and gains just don’t seem to make any sense at this point. Well, tomorrow will certainly make sense if I gain.

Morning weigh in: Gained .2 lbs. (Not so bad. I think the aerobics in the evening counteracted the overeating.)

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Bo Sebastian is a Hypnotherapist and Life & Health Coach, available for private sessions to QUIT SMOKING, Lose Weight, New Lap-Band Hypnosis for Weight Loss, CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! at 615-400-2334 or www.bosebastian.com.

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