Thursday, January 20, 2011

01/20/11: Listening to my Body

Yesterday's food:

01/19/11: Bed at 4:00 am (on 1/19)/up at 10:45 am

God time? Yes
11:00 pm to 4:00 am: *+100-calorie cookies (x 2 packs), *+raw cookie dough (x 2 strips), brown rice w/ butter
[P] Egg white
[P] Pork chop
[V] Carrots, onions, and celery
[V] X
[V] X
[F] Apple
[F] Prunes (x 8)
[F] X
[S] Brown rice
[S] Kashi cereal
[D] Milk (1%)
[D] X
[W] three cups (including tea with creamer)

See how the staying up too late leads to snacking at night as well as poor food choices the following day (see above food list)? I can't believe how interrelated they are for me. Way too much starch and two few veggies and fruits.

What did I do differently today? Nothing today, really, but yesterday, probably for the very first time in my 50 years, I stopped eating dinner when I was full and left food on the plate (which I finished today for lunch). I was never raised with the "think of all the starving children in Africa" guilt trip, but I somehow evolved into eating all of the food on my plate irregardless of how I felt physically. In fact, I don't usually pay attention to how I feel before I put the food on my plate. My body has so much wisdom to offer me. I wonder why I don't listen to it very often? I just never seem to have time to slow down and spend some time in and with my body. I think I need to slow my life down a bit to get some body-listening (and learning) time in. I do it sometimes, but then time gets away from me, and I start feeling crowded by the things that have to get done in a day . . . another good reason to sit down and listen to my innate body wisdom.

How do you find time to listen to your body?

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