Minds are funny things aren’t they?
My body may be begging me for rest, relaxation or food but that doesn’t stop my mind for trying to tell me that I’m in fact not hungry. In an argument of my mind versus my body, it’s rare that my mind will actually win in the end.
Even though time and time again my body proves to be smarter than my mind, it doesn’t stop trying.
It’s full of untruthful thoughts and beliefs to try and overcome my bodies cues.
My mind can very well try and pose as an impostar, convince me it’s my body telling me I need less food when in reality, it’s the reverse. As clever as we believe the mind to be, our bodies always know what’s best for us.
I know how these games go. Being worried what my body is telling me because I’m far too concerned with how I look, when really my image is all in my head.
There’s constantly a conflict going on between my mind and body, when they are meant to be connected to each other.
The belief begins in the mind and the body follows through with actions to make us believe those thoughts are true.
My mind has come up with some pretty interesting ideas, some have been destructive to my well-being.
Bad thought: Always make time for fitness, you can sleep when you’re dead.
“Forget about that extra hour sleep, exercise must be completed everyday”.
When I ignore the exhaustion my body is facing, I’m left feeling unmotivated, fatigued, anxious, and ill. My workouts end up being pretty crummy in return. It’s amazing what adequate amount of sleep leave you with; energy, happiness and motivation to complete workouts.
Bad thought: When hunger appears, ignore it or eat vegetables.
When I had hunger pangs, I did everything to not be hungry. Coffee, water, celery, broccoli and carrots. I was a volume eater. Basically, eating a huge amount of vegetables in order to feel “full”, thus avoiding eating.
Not only did this usually leave me in horrible pain, I was also plagued with even more fatigue and constant thoughts of food. It seemed logical at the time.
“Why would I eat a few almonds when I could eat 3 cups of vegetables instead.”
Eating only vegetables and fruits is NOT healthy. You miss out on so many other nutrients. A body can’t live on vegetables and fruits alone.
We need an adequate amount of healthy fats, clean carbohydrates, high quality protein, and of course, room for indulgence. It’s safe to say my mind could learn a lot from my body.
With each day that I allow myself to be in tune with my body, and allow my body and mind to truly connect, the negative thoughts diminish. Maybe my mind is finally catching up with my body, realizing it won’t come out victorious.
Our bodies will tell us when they are hungry or full, they want us to listen. Learn to listen and trust these cues, not resist them.
*Don’t get me wrong, I still love vegetables and eat them daily, but I dont worry if I consume other food groups and I don’t stress if I’m not eating mass amount of vegetables everyday.
Have you ever had trouble listening to your body?
Do you ever have a hard time knowing if you are truly hungry or not?