Shhhh! Quietly listen to your brain chatter for some time. Do you notice a pattern? Our mind talks either based on – fear, a bottleneck or a goal .
“My low thyroid hormones are causing me to gain weight’, ‘I will make sure that my family history of diabetes or arthritis doesn’t get to me’ OR ‘’I want to fit into that dress that I bought last year.’
While these are some of the most frequently stated reasons for eating healthy or exercising, the subtle message being conveyed to the mind is:
‘ I am not good enough’
‘I have to fight my own hormones or DNA to look good or be healthy.’.
Each one of us wants to be happy and love the person we are – by making sure our needs are fulfilled, we look good, have a comfortable living situation, living with a partner we get along with or by having a healthy family.
This idea of self love is often influenced by the external feedback we receive from our vicinity. Metaphorically, upgrading your self image is like changing your Facebook profile picture- If you start receiving more compliments for the picture, you suddenly starts liking that picture and yourself more.
In attempts to meets socially acceptable standards of health we are constantly rejecting our internal cues.
Are we in sync with our own body- mind connection?
Instead of considering hypothyroidism as villain in our weight loss story- consider what factors might be limiting the ability of thyroid to work at it’s best.
Instead of complaining of digestive problems, consider providing an adequate environment that helps smooth functioning of the gut.
Addressing hypothyroidism with medication or digestive problems with probiotics may often not work unless we pay attention to our entire ecosystem.
One big factor that affects our body is how we eat. Believing in the wisdom of our ancestors who state ‘we are what we eat’, how can we afford to not be picky about what we put in our mouth?
If health is wealth, why are we spending our good part of life in first earning the wealth and then spending all the wealth in repairing lost health? Following are some ways to take charge of your eating habits for a healthy equilibrium of your body.
Tips to start eating mindfully:
1. Eat with all your senses
Make sure you eat what’s right for your body. We need to eat with all our senses and most importantly WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS.
It ‘pays’ to pay close attention to the energy bursts from making the right food choices.
2. Eat when you are hungry
Also plan what to eat – Do not eat because of boredom, anger, depression, celebration.
Overeating may be a cultural phenomenon than an individual choice. Sociologists have identified that cultures that have been in poverty (even in prior two to three generations) emphasize on importance of eating more, avoiding waste, emphasize quantity over quality.
Learning to emphasize on quality than quantity is reported to have a greater impact on health, in contrast to following any fad diet.
3. Listen to your inner wisdom
Awareness of one’s diet which includes emphasis on ‘outer wisdom’ (term coined by Dr. Kristeller) is incomplete without being in sync with ‘inner wisdom’. Inner wisdom should be our true GPS for making the right choices for our body.
Unfortunately, few people take the time or have an intention to listen to their inner wise voice . It is easier to follow the ‘outer wisdom’ in the form of a fad diet or a meal plan that has been prescribed by others. It may have worked for them but may not work for you.
Make this promise to your self
Try eating at least one meal of the day without any distractions, eat in response to your hunger cues and let your inner GPS guide you in making the food choices.
Trust your inner self – it know you better than anyone else and will help you feel healthier much quicker than any fad diet.