Have you ever heard the expression, Listen to your body? It’s true, your body “talks” to you in so many subtle ways, all you need to do is learn the language. By learning to listen to your body and developing an understanding of what food it needs and it when it needs them, you will discover what’s right for you. Do you doubt this connection to your body? Your body is amazing! Your heart never misses a beat and your lungs are always breathing in and out. Even if you divorce your spouse, even if you receive traumatic news, your heart keeps on pumping and your lungs continue to expand and contract. Your body has instincts to keep you alive. Just as a plant will always lean toward the light, humans and animals know instinctively how and where to get food that is best for them. Animals obviously don’t read nutrition books, their bodies tell them which plants to eat and which to avoid. They heal themselves when they are sick, usually by resting a lot and eating very little until the sickness passes.
We have the same instincts, but many of us ignore the messages our bodies are constantly sending. Dark circles under the eyes signal exhaustion, your body is telling you to slow down and get some rest. Constipation and bloating are signs that something you are eating, or the way you are eating it, does not agree with your body. Do you ignore these messages until they become unbearable? That’s when you finally give up and go to the doctor for medications and/or operations.
Give yourself the time you need to explore your body and you will be surprised by its response! Some weight loss suggestions for you. They seem so simple and they are! Remember, what is easy to do is also easy not to do. Just by following a few small principles and changes daily, will have a huge impact on your lifestyle.
- Always eat breakfast. People that eat breakfast are much more successful at keeping weight off. When you skip meals you become nutrient deficient and always end up binging later in the day.
- Snack throughout the day; small snacks will actually help you eat less at your meals.
- Drink more water. Replace soda, coffee and alcohol with water. You will cut a significant amount of calories from your daily routine just by doing this one small thing. Did you know that a big margarita can have about 700 calories?! Always drink water before your meal, it will help you digest more efficiently.
- Make your own meals. Restaurant food generally has more salt, fat and calories and is in much larger portions than food cooked at home. When you make your own meals you can control the amount of salt and oil, as well as the portion size. If you have to eat out, try sharing a dish with someone or just eat half and take the other half home for leftovers.
- Reduce your stress. Many people tend to eat more when they feel stressed. Try different ways to relax like a hot bath or a walk around the block. Call a friend that makes you laugh. Try slowing down, breathing and enjoying each meal. Be grateful for the food you eat. In our house we say a little blessing that my son learned in school before we eat. “Thank you for the food before us, Thank you for the friends beside us and Thank you for the love between us”. Then we eat. Just be grateful.
- SLEEP! Most people need at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you don’t get enough sleep it actually increases your appetite.
- Move your body. Start by doing little things like parking further away from the store and walking a little extra. Take the stairs when possible. Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, go for a walk, a bike ride or a dance class together.
- Keep track. Food journals are so helpful to help you track your progress.
- What’s your temptation food? Salty or sweet? Fried or creamy? Do not keep these foods in your house or office.
- Take a multivitamin. Everyone can benefit from nutrients. Depending upon which nutrients your body is lacking, just a simple multivitamin can improve your metabolism.
These are just some simple suggestions you might want to start to adopt. Try for two weeks and see what happens. Little changes in your lifestyle will lead to big results over time. You will start to notice that these little things just become part of your routine and you don’t even think about it anymore. I’m always here to help you and answer any questions you might have along the way.
To your health!