Circling back to those questions I posed to you a week ago...Am I hungry? Is this food a smart choice?
And now the third one:
How much food do I need?
Now this can be a tough one because we all have different caloric needs. To truly answer this, your best bet is a nutritionist who can discuss your activity level and help determine your daily intake goals. Food/activity tracker apps can also be helpful in giving us daily calories goals based on fitness and health data we provide. I have used both of these options and found them incredibly beneficial in getting a grasp on what my body needs just to function and then what it needs in order to properly fuel my workouts. I highly recommend a nutritional consult and/or using a food and activity app for guidance.
Now in addition to getting a grasp on our daily caloric needs, I think we can also look at this question on a smaller scale. How much food do I need right now? At this meal? For this snack?
By tuning into our body's signals and cues, we can continue to build our nutritional strength and make healthy food choices. Practicing mindfulness and presence while we eat can help us know how much food we need. Tasting our food and enjoying the taste. Slowing down while we chew. Drinking water throughout our meal. Pausing between bites. While we each have different satiety set points, if we give ourselves the time to be present while we eat, we might actually enjoy the experience a little more AND we likely will eat to satisfaction instead of to that stuffed feeling.
For today.....lets see if we can practice mindfulness while eating and tune into the cues our body gives us regarding satiety.
Now you know I'm a mom to three children and I'm the first to admit that mealtime can be a frenzied experience at times. I'm not asking anyone to have a two hour dinner tonight. However, I strongly believe we can still pace ourselves and be aware of what and how we are eating even if it's a fairly quick lunch in between activities....or maybe just think about how much food we honestly need when we are looking for a mid-day snack.
It's a sweaty "crazy sunburn down my torso" video....but we got it done. Click here.
45 on, 15 off.
Let me know how it goes today friends.
Thank you for continuing to participate in this challenge.
Have an awesome day.
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