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Learning To Listen To My Body

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Last night, an absolutely amazing thing happened!

I had already planned out all my eating for the day and knew what I was cooking for dinner and everything I'd eat for the rest of the night before I even left work. So, I ran my Daily Nutrition Report and found that I was on target for everything, except I was actually LOW on Fat and Protein. Ha! "Oh well...no matter," I thought.

On the way home, I really started to feel head-achey and ick. I was bummed because at 8pm, my husband and I were going to see "In The Heights" at the Auditorium and I hate to feel sick at the theatre!

This is when it happened. I walked into the pantry to get some oil for dinner and I caught a glimpse of the peanut butter jar. You should know I rarely ever open a jar of peanut butter. It's not that I don't like it. I just don't ever think it sounds super yummy or anything. At any rate, the minute I saw that jar, it was like everything in me screamed, "I want peanut butter SOOOOOOOO BAD!" But, of course, I ignored it...because I was MAKING DINNER and I only had to wait half an hour for real food.

Started cooking the chicken and literally could not ignore the craving! So, I popped a piece of Health Nut bread in the toaster, put some peanut butter on it and munched while I was cooking dinner. I kid you not...my headache instantly went away. And I actually realized, right then and there, that my body really needed protein immediately, to the point of begging for it.

I don't know why this is such a big deal to me...probably because I'm so used to craving terrible things that aren't good for me. But, I understand now that the craving for something good feels completely different. It isn't just an emotional response...it's something deeper and more urgent. I've just been eating SO much food that I haven't had a chance to experience this in the past. WOW.
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    I struggle with the feeling of all eating is bad too. Even when I eat all the things I know are good for me I still have that nagging feeling I shouldn't be eating at all which is such an old diet mentality. Good for you for listening to what your body needs!
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    Your body has the wisdom that God put into it when He created you. You just need to listen to it. It does feel extra good when you can slow down and quiet down long enough to hear what it is saying. God can speak to you through your body, not just your mind and heart. He knows every inch of you, and loves all of you!
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