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.
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.
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