Reading your bodies signals

Reading your bodies signals

Reading Your Body's Signals

In order to be able to control your hunger and stop eating when you’re full, you need to practice reading your body’s signals. The problem is, many of us run around all day, busy and frantic, which gets us out of tune with our bodies.

Rest and Digest

Digestion does not work properly within the sympathetic mode. The sympathetic mode of the body is part of the nervous system that’s pretty primal and out of your control. If you’ve ever heard the term “fight or flight”, this is a reference to the sympathetic nervous system.

It is regulated by a part of our nervous system that is outside our consciousness and acts on automatic responses. These responses prepare the body for action and to defend itself by increasing heart rate, raising body temperature, dilating pupils, sweating, and so on. It also slows down digestion, which is counterproductive during mealtime.

Rushed State

Eating fast puts us in a rushed state. When you eat in a rush, or while you’re feeling stressed, nervous, or anxious, your body keeps you in sympathetic mode. Since the primary job of your body when stressed is to prepare to defend itself or to run away, all of your body's energy goes to the most essential functions like your heartbeat and muscle constriction, instead of helping you to digest food and to stay in touch with your body’s subtle feelings.

When in the sympathetic mode, your body doesn’t care about your digestion, immunity, or your feelings. This makes it really hard to be in touch with hunger signals and to know when to stop eating. It keeps your body working, and eating, on “autopilot.”

What does this mean? You continue to eat whatever’s in front of you without thinking much about the experience or how you’re feeling. You miss out on the tastes, smells, textures, and full experience of eating when you don’t slow down and tune in.

Slow down when you eat and try to “stay in the moment”.

Put your fork down in between bites. Keep the lights dim. Play some music. Take your time. Allow 15-20 minutes to go by, so you get the full experience of eating and your stomach and brain have the chance to catch up with you, signaling that you’re full.

Review

  1. Being in the right frame of mind is very important to digestion.
  2. Slow down and relax when you are eating.
  3. Don't rush!!



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