Thursday, January 30, 2014

Body Games

Restrictive dieting is a body game that hits us emotionally. Does your body complain? Being nagged - whether it's physical, like cravings or emotional, like social pressure - is unpleasant and tiring.

When emotional demands override physical needs, the result can be craving junk food, which starts a cycle of binging. Binging is a knee-jerk reaction to stress that fills us with guilt and our body complains with tension, high blood pressure, discomfort, exhaustion, and a general sense of dissatisfaction.

Our bodies don't play games with us. Our body is a vehicle we use to maneuver through our day and our life. Our senses are how we tune-in to our body. Even though noticing what we sense helps us stay on the path of healthy eating choices, when we're trying to watch our weight, working hard, dealing with social stress and don't have a lot of time, it's easy to ignore what we sense.

 Small decisions you make every day create the big picture of your life.
When you're around food, notice what you see, taste, touch, smell and feel in your gut, and your options will be healthier.  

In our busy lives, we need more time to succeed; we don't need body games. The next time you're craving something, here are some healthy options to junk food binging to have in your freezer.
  • Unsweetened frozen blueberries, strawberries, blackberries or raspberries are satisfying for sweet noshing. Berries taste good, and contain anti-oxidants and fiber. Anti-oxidants are good for fighting the effects of air pollution, and fiber keeps us regular. 
  • Unsweetened frozen cantaloupes or mangoes are also delicious to have on hand. 
  • I like to freeze seedless grapes for a cool snack.
Frozen fruits can be mixed in the blender with ice cubes, milk, unsweetened juice, or yogurt for a fruit smoothie. In the morning, have a smoothie with a handful of walnuts and almonds for a quick, healthy, and power packed breakfast.

To get more great tips for healthy eating or help understanding how eating can push your button, download: Am I Really Hungry, 6th Sense Diet : Intuitive Eating. 

For gently connecting with your senses, download: Fine Tuning, Connecting with Your Inner Power

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