Listening to my body was such a challenge but something I knew I needed to do. It took a lot of practice and I would love to say after a few weeks it just happened. It didn’t and I still struggle a little with this concept. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the practice of listening to your body.
Listening to your body starts with mindfulness. What mindfulness does is allow you to acknowledge and appreciate how you feel in any given moment, without pressure or stress about what you think you should be experiencing.
Like meditation this takes practice. It is said this is easier than meditation but I didn’t find that to be true at first. I was too use to pushing my own feelings aside. To practice mindfulness means that you are in the moment. It means sitting quietly and enjoying the present moment, understanding what you feel, and really listening to what your body or mind is trying to tell you.
Each morning before I decide what dinner will be I take a moment and really think about what we are going to eat, what sounds good, etc. At dinner I don’t just pile my plate up. I think about each item I put on my plate and make sure I want to eat them.
2. Pay Attention to Cravings and Aversions
Both what you crave and what you no longer enjoy or find satisfaction in are equally important when it comes to intuitive eating. You are going to learn so much about yourself, what you actually like eating, and what you were eating because you thought you had to. You might find that you hate protein shakes, but love salads. Maybe you start eating a lot more fruit, but no longer want a snack before bed.
3. Sit Quietly and Contemplate
It is always a good idea to shut off the noise and just sit with your feelings for a bit. Even if you are not doing this for the purpose of mindfulness, and just to take a pause. Feel each part of your body, listen to what it wants, understand what you are craving, decide if you want some movement right now.
4. Write Everything Down
As you go through your intuitive journey, start writing things down as they come up. Write down your hunger and fullness when eating meals, write down changes you experience, workouts you try, really anything you can think of.
Write as much or as little as you want to, but really try to make this part of your daily routine.
5. Just Let Things Happen Naturally
We are always so in need of control, that we forget sometimes life just happens naturally. Your body knows what to do, if you can learn to listen.
This might mean stopping a workout video 10 minutes before it’s over because you feel exhausted, or choosing a bowl of cereal over your usual eggs for breakfast because that’s what you craved when you woke up.
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Like with anything worth doing practicing listening to you body daily. Soon it will become a second nature and, in my opinion, you will certainly thank yourself for it. when you begin to listen and pay more attention to your body you know much more quickly when something is out of whack.