Being sequestered at home can have its perks, but one downside for many is being in close proximity to a kitchen 24/7. Yikes!
We are continually preaching the importance of feeding your body when it’s physically hungry, and not in response to emotions such as boredom, procrastination, loneliness, anger, or even happiness.
Listen, we get it. It’s impossible to avoid this 100% of the time.
But the truth is, eating more than your body needs can impact not only your weight but your health, too. It interferes with the digestive process which in turn affects your immune system (and more).
More importantly, if you are eating instead of giving your body what it TRULY needs at the time, you are doing it a disservice.
So what’s the solution? We believe in honoring the body on all levels, which includes eating nourishing food when you’re physically hungry, resting when you are tired, doing breath work or meditating when stressed, etc.
Now ask yourself this question: How often do you find yourself wandering into the kitchen, driven there by some feeling OTHER than actual hunger?
If your answer is a resounding YES, here are some action steps you can take immediately:
1): Take an index card and write Hunger or Habit? on the front
Tape it to your fridge, pantry door, or kitchen entrance so you can stop yourself and ask yourself this question before you reach for something.
If it’s NOT hunger, identify what you ARE feeling instead.
2): On another card, begin to create a list of some of your common emotions/feelings that cause you to eat
Then, brainstorm alternative non-food activities you can do instead to “feed” those feelings. Keep this somewhere VERY handy so you can call upon it anytime.
The goal here is to train your brain to seek out other activities besides food when specific emotions come up. In time, your brain will seek out the alternative action as the fall-back action, NOT food. This is known as neuroplasticity – the ability of your brain to form NEW neural pathways!
We promise that if you keep up this practice, your brain WILL learn to choose the more appropriate thing for your body 🙂
We urge you to give this a try and see what comes up for you.
PS: This is one of the MANY strategies we use in our 3-month Simply Nourished Intensive program. Schedule a call with us HERE to see if it’s right for you.