I met someone at this awesome vegan restaurant in LA who is a health and fitness expert. He wasn't eating anything and I couldn't figure out why! This place had tasty food so why would you go to a restaurant and not eat? So, being the curious being that I am I went ahead and asked him why he wasn't eating anything. He said he hadn’t done much today (in the way of fitness) so he wasn’t going to eat much today. I got to thinking. That kind of makes sense! If you don’t do a lot of activity it doesn’t really warrant eating a lot of food. Then it got me thinking of how we are conditioned from childhood to get our “square 3 meals a day”, and from the USDA food pyramid to get 'x' number of servings of this or that. We are conditioned to finish our plates and not be wasteful. We are not conditioned to eat when we are hungry and take in less calories if we do not expend much energy in the day. No wonder more than half the US population is either overweight or obese.
Many of my macrobiotic teachers support the idea of eating when hungry, eating nutrient-dense foods, and staying at 80% full, rather than stuffing yourself. And many of them only eat 2 meals a day. But, how do they get all their nutrients??! Well you see, if you aren’t eating nutrient-void junk food, drinking alcohol and eating sugar that is stripping your body of vital nutrients or eating animal foods that are causing an overly acidic condition, your body can absorb the nutrients from your food better! Go figure!
What have you been conditioned to do since childhood that is a hard habit to break?
We are so disconnected from our bodies. We see them as machines that need to be filled, but how many of us really pay attention to the fuel we are putting in? Even more importantly, how many of us can hear the signals that our bodies are sending? Do you even know what true hunger feels like? Do you know what 80% full feels like? I want to make it a point to fuel myself with nutritious food, get more exercise, and listen closely to what my body is telling me. I feel re-inspired to take better care of myself this year. I hope you do too!
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