Turning a Deaf Ear on Your Inner Voice
Sunday, February 10, 2019
I am a big fan of trusting your intuition and listening to your inner voice. Like cravings, they are usually biased on common sense.
If you crave salty food, it's because your body needs water. Just like the bartender who sets a bowl of salty nuts in front of you, the salt craving is your inner bartender trying to make you drink some water. It amuses me on some level that our body knows what it needs and tries to 'trick' us into doing what is healthy.
A few days ago, I went shopping and came home with peaches, grapes, apples, kiwis and bananas... I told my husband, MrTall, that I must be crazy, I can't eat very much fruit to stay within my diet.
MrTall looked at me long and hard and said, "So, your body wants fresh organic fruits and you think that's weak?"
That stopped me in my tracks. He was right, savoring perfectly ripe slices of peach, isn't going to rock the boat. Depriving myself when my body is putting in a request.... who knows what it will make me crave to get whatever is in that peach it needs!
Moderation and common sense, I reminded myself. But, the truth is that deep down I feel my body has betrayed me and can I really trust it? I was a Marine, my mother took me to the doctor as a child convinced I had worms because I was so skinny, I've been active my whole life and to see the words 'morbidly obese' on my medical charts makes me want to cry. I try to remind myself that I'm really 'only obese' if you look at my lean muscle mass (31%) but it doesn't help.
I realize that Balance and Patience need to be paired up with Moderation and Common Sense.
After all, I'm enjoying a perfectly healthy peach, not a peach pie or tub of peach ice cream! And my body 'needs' something.
Also, I've lost 7 pounds since January 1st. I'm okay. I need to relax and enjoy this ride and listen to my inner voice when it wants something healthy.