It’s a common scenario…
You want to eat healthily. You may even know how to eat healthily.
But the refrigerator keeps calling you. You just can’t stay away, something sabotages your best efforts – and you don’t know why.
If that sounds like you – keep reading.
Let’s take a deep dive into hidden reasons holding you back from a healthy eating and lifestyle. In the next few articles, I’ll be discussing the 4 common hidden reasons why you don’t eat healthy. Stay tuned…it isn’t what you think.
One thing I know for sure…It’s not your fault.
Hidden Reason #2 Why Don’t Eat as Healthy as you Want
In case you missed reason #1, go here.
Your Body is Befuddled (do people use that word anymore?)
Are you eating on the go? Eating while being checked out? Eating while sitting at your desk? Or not sitting at all…while in front of the counter or refrigerator? How does your body know it’s time to rest and digest and turn on the regular functions to digest your meal and absorb the food’s nutrients? Your body takes much longer for the neurotransmitters to relay the message from your stomach to your brain that says “ok, you can stop now, I’ve had enough.” The end results…eating more than you need or want.
Even more than that, your body is getting signals that it’s in the middle of a stressful situation, say…being chased by a bear. You don’t have to have a real bear chasing you to be stressed. You just have to be in any stressful situation (even your own negative thoughts) and the body responds in the fight-or-flight mode.
What does all this (perceived) stress do?
Stress is the #1 reason for a damaged gut. Any “body”, in its right mind, does not want to absorb food when in the middle of a stressful situation. The body needs its energy going into the limbs to fight or flee and other organs to stay alive. Increased cortisol (the stress hormone), tells the body to stop focusing on things it doesn’t need RIGHT NOW to survive, like digesting food, sleeping, and defending against disease.
A prolonged increase in cortisol levels flips a switch in the brain that inhibits memory and learning. It also weakens the first line of defense in the digestive tract. So your immune system, digestive system, and central nervous system are all affected.
Oh my! This all sounds so ominous. What’s a regular guy/gal to do about all this stress running through the body? I’m so glad you asked. Yes, there is hope. Here are my top 3 suggestions:
1. Let your body know its mealtime
Instead of rushing through your meals and sending your body these befuddled signals, let your body know it’s mealtime. When you sit down to a meal, REALLY sit down to a meal. Create a habit of sitting down every time you eat. While you’re sitting (and I don’t mean sitting in your car), pause…take in all the colors, flavors and textures of what you are about to eat. That sends the signal to your body that you’re ok. There is no wild bear chasing you.
2. Stop eating at your desk or doing any type of multi-tasking
You will actually be more productive if you take the time to focus on your meal. When you’re done with your meal, fully focus on your task. Your brain and your gut can communicate more smoothly that way. You won’t end up with acid reflux or other gut discomforts.
Breathe! No, I really mean it. In today’s chronically stressed world, you have no idea that your breaths become short and fast…that of a stressed person. If you take the time to take as little as 3 breaths before eating, this sets up the body to absorb the nutrients you’re about to eat. And you won’t crave junk food later.
I’ve experienced this recently while walking into my client’s office during lunch. He had his phone in one hand, looking at text messages, his sandwich in the other hand, a big bite was taken out, and looking at his computer as an email popped up. Wow! I could cut the through the stress with a knife. All I said was, “Stop! Take a breath.” So he did. All he took was one very cleansing breath. He sat back in his chair and said, “Whoa, what a difference that makes.” We all need continuous reminders and cues to take a breath throughout the day.
If this sounds like a familiar scenario to you, I would love to support you in discovering what your hidden reasons are for sabotaging your best-intentioned healthy eating habits. Let’s set up an “It’s Not Your Fault” discovery session. As I said in the beginning, it’s not your fault. Your body is doing what it does naturally. Because you’re reading this, I know how important your health is to you.
Stay tuned for more insights into your body’s Natural Wisdom.
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