A Nutrition Assignment To Follow This Week…
I have a weird and goofy thing I want you to do this week whenever you eat or drink.
I want you to talk to your food – whether it responds is a matter for you and your therapist.
In all seriousness (and don’t be offended if you really do see your therapist because your food talks to you), I do want you to talk to your food and drink this week.
I want you to ask your food, “If I eat you, how will you make me feel?”
I want you to ask your drinks, “If I drink you, how will I feel in about 15 minutes?”
Then I want you to tell the Little White Rabbit to go away because you’re not going to Wonderland (very bad analogy involving Alice in Wonderland…in case you didn’t get my jab at humor and wit).
I’m not very far into this article and I’m already way off base, so let’s bring it back.
There is a valid reason I want you to do this and that is that we don’t spend enough time thinking through how the food and drink we’re about to consume will make us feel or work in our bodies.
When it comes to food and drink, all we think about is the here and now – which is usually the emotional side, which leads to frustration and anger.
Very little time is spent thinking in the near future about how that food and drink will affect us.
Will that snack make you feel “light” and energetic so that you can get through the rest of your day on a stable energy high or will it cause a quick burst of energy followed by a crash and more cravings?
Will that dinner make you feel satisfied and take you into slumber on a healthy ride or are you thinking and eating emotionally which will make you eat more of a bad thing, which will lead to poor sleep patterns and make your stomach feel like a rock in the morning?
Will that drink hydrate you and maybe give you some pep or will it rot your teeth, tear up your gut and do more harm than good in terms of hydration and water retention?
Catch my drift?
While I may have started out on a goofy note, and with good reason…this is a goofy thing to do, but it does have its merit.
It causes you to slow down and talk through your diet.
It causes you to step back and realize that what you eat and drink has an effect on your body – not just in terms of weight loss or weight gain, but in terms of health, energy and overall feelings of “good.”
In the end, even if losing fat is the main goal, we all want to simply feel good, with lots of energy and “light” on our feet and taking the few minutes to step back and think through what you’re about to do will go a long way in helping you achieve that.
You’ll lose fat.
You’ll increase your energy.
You’ll feel better.
You’ll look crazy to your friends and family because you’re staring at your food and talking to it – hopefully this conversation takes place in your head and not out loud.
You’ll sleep better because the quality of the food you eat has a direct connection to your sleep habits.
You’ll feel more refreshed in the morning because the food you ate helped your body recover and repair from the previous day’s work.
I could go on, but you get the point.
Talk to your food. Pay attention to the response and make appropriate changes.
Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy.