If Yoga taught me one thing, it is to, “always listen to your body”. Respect its limitations without being overcome by egoistic values. Play with its boundaries but always stay connected, and true to oneself. Just like Yoga, food is intended to heal, and by utilising it correctly and effectively we can reap the rewards of optimum health, increased energy, longevity of life, a positive and strong mind, and a content and satisfied soul. Our body is a magnificent existence, however, often life becomes so overwhelming that our health often takes a back seat. Ideally, it should remain top priority at all times, however, far too often I see people indulging in toxic foods as a means of escape, a reward, or a comforter through hard times, which seems contradictory to the real purpose of food and neglects the true reason why we eat.
Food is fuel. It is our one and only home we have to live in. That is why it is absolutely crucial that we nourish it through healthy foods and listen to our body’s response to things that do not serve us so well. Each one of us is unique, which means that we have different consumption and nutrition needs, varying allergies, health issues, requirements of certain nutrients etc. Hence, it is essential that we know and understand our own bodies because the sooner we learn that, the sooner we can begin to live a healthy, happy and energised life.
Below are a few simple ways to become more connected to your body:
Those hunger pangs, aches, pains, low energy, health issues, dry skin, hair or nails. We all suffer from time to time, but this is our wonderful bodies way of signalling something is wrong. Nutritious foods, and plenty of water to remain hydrated, tends to solve most minor, and often most major issues. Go on, give it a shot!
KNOW YOUR BODY
Constantly feeling bloated, hungry, satiated, or not hungry at all? We may all be humans, but we are certainly not the same. Our bodies differ in a multitude of ways, that is, our nutritious needs vary, and what may be good for one, may cause a whole bunch of complications for another. Think: gluten, dairy, wheat, sugar, caffeine – just a handful of common instigators. Eliminating certain foods, and learning what works for you, can have enormous effects on the way you feel after eating. Bloated or energised? I know what I choose! Try an intolerance test, or even begin with a food diary, recording the way you feel, both physically and mentally after each meal, you will soon figure those foods that work well and not so well.
Eyes bigger than your belly? Been hungry for so long you reach for the quickest food possible? Eating pudding until you have to pop your jeans button open, and cannot bare the thought of moving out your chair? Feeling guilty after, but repeating the process within the following 24 hours? We have all been there! The answer? Learn to be mindful and conscious with your food choices. When the urge strikes to reach and grab for more when you are already full, ask yourself why? Remember: food is fuel. It is there to be enjoyed, but ultimately to provide energy.