For years I’ve been hearing everywhere that I should listen to my body.

Meaning- my body should decide what I eat, how much of it I eat, how much I train and when I get to rest.

Well, there comes a time (and age) in a woman’s life when she has to admit to herself that it׳s not that simple to trust anyone- yes including my own body-to make those important decisions.

Don’t get me wrong- this is not some kind of self hatred post – on the contrary; I happen to like and appreciate my body immensely, and have a very good relationship with it, where I feed it nutritious healthy food, exercise and rest, and generally give it a lot of respect, and I am rewarded with good health and a well functioning body, that I am very great full for.

Every day.

I am not kidding here.

I have learned to be greatfull for every time I go out for a run, swim, lift weights and do yoga.

These are truly appreciated and most definitely not taken for granted in any way.

And yet- I have trouble trusting my body to make serious decisions about food, because as it happens it sometimes has the persistence and goal setting ability of a 3 year old, and this is totally my own fault.

When we are children, if left alone and not pressured to eat certain food at certain times, I tend to believe your body can maintain a healthy relationship with food, where it can say enough when it is enough, and more of a certain food when the craving is a true need and a simple sugar crush. .

For one thing- it has not yet adapted to my almost 6 years of veganism, and still, from time to time, craves meat, and cheese, and other stuff it ain’t getting.

*I am not vegan because I hate meat and dairy and eggs, sadly I really like the taste of these things, but I choose not to eat them because of ethical reasons- mainly the way animals are exploited for the sake of enjoying these products and the tremendous ecological damage this food choice is causing,

But- this is not a lecture on veganism, though evidently, my precious “body” could use that lecture since it has yet to understand my choice – in spite all those years,

So from time to time, I need to shut my ears and not listen to my body as it tells me it would really like to have a nice steak.

But this is not the only example, I have disagreements with my body on a daily basis too.

My body, evidently- likes to eat a lot.

and wouldn’t mind having breakfast, consisting of heated rice milk with homemade granola and ground flax seeds- in the consistency of porridge if you are desperate to know-then a snack of a banana and an almond cookie.

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Then a toast with some coconut oil and homemade prune jam.

Then coffee,

Then 2 (ok 3) Medjool dates, with raw tahini drizzled on them, and some shredded coconuts, and a few almonds.and a banana.

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At this point, I tell my body to shut the **** up- and give me a break.

Now it is possible that people might think: “well then, she should understand that her body is telling her that he needs something, and if she were to oblige her body with what it craves- it will balance itself at the end”.

Yea.

Not buying that.

I believe our bodies are simply creatures of habit.

You give them meat and dairy for years- they adapt very quickly to this lifestyle and crave those things. you take it away from it- and it will take quite some time for those cravings to stop.

I have been practicing intermittent fasting for the past 2 months- and I can tell you that the first few weeks I felt really hungry, and if I were to “listen to my body” then- I would never have made the change that I see now is very much likes by the same stubborn body.

Creatures of habit.

My blood works are great, see my previous post : and so those cravings are evidently not a sign of a physical need- but a mental demand, and with all due respect to my precious body- I have no intentions of leading my life according to its mental demands.

I didn’t have all those struggles before-

I retired early at the beginning of March, and when at home- and an introvert like me is mainly at home- you have unlimited access to good food, which I certainly did not have when I went to work.

What I brought is what I ate, no discussions with that body of mine,

Now every day I need to negotiate and get to an agreement with my body- and sometimes it doesn’t mind breaching the contract and go sue it…

Having said all that- when it comes to exercise- I try to not over do it- and rest when I feel tired or feel my lower back is planning to go on strike.

love to hear your opinion on this subject.

the cooliflower.

Published by wiseassvegan

an organized full time working vegan -with plenty of ideas on getting everything done in the most simple and efficient way possible.

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  1. Our body is a valuable source of information – sometimes. It might mislead you, as you say out of habit, or when it comes to workout I often overwork because once started my body wants more and more until it’s too much. That’s why I don’t listen to my body when working out. In other cases it might lead you through complicated issued concerning nutrition. For example you might try the intermittent fasting (after not listening to your body until you got used to it) and compare that feeling to your normal rhythm. When research isn’t safe at some point, we are on our own

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