Welcome to my new series – Nurturing YOU.  Each week I will bring you little ideas and tips on how you can Nurture your body, mind and spirit and be on the way to a happier, healthier you.

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The first one is simple, it’s easy… And best of all – it’s FREE.

This tip is to LISTEN.  Listen to your body.  Listen to your heart.  Listen to your intuition.

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The day I started listening to my body, and I mean really listening was the day my whole outlook changed.  Because once I started listening to the messages my body was sending me, I wanted to do whatever I could to keep it feeling nourished and healthy.  And let’s be honest, no one wants to hear those yucky messages.

Each person is different, and needs an array of different food and exercise to have it working at it’s best.  But one thing we all have in common, is that our bodies need us to listen to the messages it sends us.  And listening to your body is one of the most loving things you can ever do for it.

So I’d love for you to get to know your body.  You may really want to eat that delicious crusty fresh bread roll, but how does your body feel afterwards?  Those hot chips do smell good, but what is your tummy telling you a few hours later?  And think you are craving those lollies because you need the afternoon pick-me-up, but are you really lacking energy or are you actually dehydrated?

To really make a go of this, it’s a wonderful idea to keep a bit of a food diary for the week.  And this isn’t about counting calories and grams and measuring how much food you’re eating (because I am NOT about counting calories.  Or measuring (except with recipes!).  It doesn’t work.).  This is about how your body reacts to foods.  So maybe we’ll call it a “food reaction diary”. 🙂

Take a note of what you’re eating, and then your mood and energy levels for that day.  You may have a green smoothie for breakfast, then feel so energised that you don’t need anything again until lunchtime.  Or you may have some toast for breakfast and need something else by mid-morning.  Or perhaps you had a cheese and salad sandwich for lunch and feel really bloated for hours afterwards.  Whatever it is, write it down.  And don’t judge it.

Then at the end of each day, look back at it.  Perhaps you can see a pattern starting to emerge?  Perhaps you can see which foods aren’t really working for your body?

This is all about getting to know you.  And what works for you and your system.  I’d love to hear how you go with this.

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Have a beautiful week! xx

10 Comments on Nurturing YOU : Listen

  1. Amanda
    May 13, 2013 at 11:02 am (5 years ago)

    I’m on it Amelia 🙂
    Can I please ask what you put in your smoothie? I was juicing not long ago
    Thanks Lovely x

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    • Amelia
      May 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm (5 years ago)

      It’s always something different Amanda. Whatever I have in the fridge really. Always a superfood, and always lots of greens. 🙂 x

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  2. Belinda
    May 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this space and you! Your my daily dose of what I need. X

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    • Amelia
      May 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much gorgeous girl. x

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  3. Jane
    May 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the idea of a food reaction diary!
    I am still reading intuitive eating and its all about listening to what your body wants and what makes it feel good (and bad!) ! Its revolutionised my relationship with food and how it makes me feel! It was so awakening, stepping back and listening to my body..

    But Im definitely going to write it down this week and see how I go!!

    Awesome post.. love coming back here, you have really made it a nurturing and gorgeous place xx

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    • Amelia
      May 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm (5 years ago)

      I think I need to read that book Jane! 🙂 xx

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      • Jane
        May 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm (5 years ago)

        Oh its changed the way I think about food and deal with critical emotions – its been amazing at getting rid of some food demons! I thank Kate (our little sins) for referring it!

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  4. Camielle
    May 15, 2013 at 3:54 am (5 years ago)

    I found you! You can’t get rid of me that easily 😉

    Firstly, love the new blog and the new direction you’re heading. Secondly you look great I can see you are nurturing (& shining) yourself. Thirdly you’ve inspired me! I suffer from a body image complex, even to this day but I’m planning to start the change, learning to love myself! I’m going to start a food diary please continue to show me how to nurturing my body (& mind). I look forward to learning more about super foods and having the right knowledge to make smart food choices.

    Thank you in advance Amelia

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