Monday, April 26, 2021

What to Eat

How do we answer this question, "What to eat?"

Do we look around for the latest diet fad and read the book? Do we sign up for one of the weight loss programs and let someone tell us what we should eat?

Here's an idea: listen to your body. Maybe it knows exactly what to eat.

How would you go about listening to you body? What would that look like? It might look something like this:

1. Put everything you think you "know" about nutrition out of your head. Where did you get that information anyway? How do you know it's accurate?

2. Wait until you're hungry. And if you can help it, don't wait until you're "hangry," that's probably waiting too long. When you get hangry, you're body is probably telling you that you've waited a little too long.

When we have regimented meal schedules, that's an example of our minds dictating to our bodies what's best for it. Better to wait and see when your body wants to eat rather than interfering with its preferences.

3. When your body is hungry, stop and reflect upon what it's hungry for. Often, I will stand in my kitchen trying to figure out what would taste best to me at that moment. That's how one's body gets this information to our hands. Take your time with this.

This is where step one comes into play. Your body might want ice cream, but the nutrition chart might dictate meat and two veggies. Toss out the food chart. Listen to your body. It needs whatever ice cream has in it at that moment. Give it what it's asking for.

3. Stop when it no longer tastes good. Eat consciously. Don't let your mind wander to other things. Savor the taste of what you're eating at that moment. When your body has had enough of that particular item, you will know it. Stop--not another bite--and move on to the next food item that you select in the same way. Or if you feel satisfied, wipe your mouth and hands and go on with your day.

If you're in a position where you have to sit down to a meal, don't feel obligated to eat some of every item or to clean your plate. These habits might be more polite or better for your bank account and starving children in China, but not necessarily for your body. And if there's something else you're hungry for, ask!

In nutrition, as in all things, listen to your body. It knows all. Don't allow mind to dictate to it.


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