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Chronic Pain & Mental Health: How To Tap Into Your Body’s Hunger Cues

Good morning,

The other day I created a blog post about intuitive eating. So far, the feedback has been amazing! One of the biggest questions I got back was… how do I actually tap into my body’s cues? intuitiveeating2

 

 

Well … it begins through a process called MINDFUL EATING.

 

 

The First Step In Intuitive Eating . . .

Is about overeating. The fact is, a lot of us end up overeating because we eat way too fast.

We have an automatic “shut off” response built into our bodies … but a lot of us override it because we don’t give it time to kick in!

That can mean we end up eating more food than we meant to – and more than we need.

Not only do we take in too much food with each bite AND eat too fast … but we also don’t chew it enough. This can actually drag your energy down as your body struggles to digest the excess food. It can also make maintaining your weight a big challenge.

So the first and biggest tip for intuitive eating is to

  • SLOW DOWN. Take small bites, and take the time to taste and enjoy your food.

 (Did you know?  It takes about 20 minutes for your body to know it’s full!)

I know if you’re used to eating fast, it can take some time and energy to switch this up.

I’ve been there myself … but to speed up results, sometimes you need to SLOW DOWN.

Second Step …

If you are tempted to have a second helping, drink a glass of water and wait 5 minutes to see if you still want it. If you’re still hungry … have it! waterglass2

This isn’t about depriving yourself – in fact it’s just the opposite!

It’s about honoring your body by learning to key into its messages, so you can give it exactly what it wants and needs.

 

 Some Action Tips To Slow Down:

  • Take a moment BEFORE you eat to be grateful for your food.
  • Take smaller bites.
  • Put your fork down between bites.
  • Chew more.
  • It’s not a race … slow down while you eat.
  • If you want another plate, drink a glass of water, wait 5 minutes, and then decide if you still want it.

 

How about just for TODAY, you give this a try?

 

Make your day an amazing day,

Francois

CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist @ the Other Pain Clinic Inc

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Chronic Pain & Mental Health: How To Tap Into Your Body’s Hunger Cues

  1. Excellent advice!

    1. Chief Medical Exercise Specialist & Certified Lymphatic Therapist May 10, 2020 — 6:26 pm

      Thanks

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