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.
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.
Then a toast with some coconut oil and homemade prune jam.
Then 2 (ok 3) Medjool dates, with raw tahini drizzled on them, and some shredded coconuts, and a few almonds.and a banana.
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”.
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.