During my week, I tend to eat a healthy diet consisting of tons of veggies, fruits, nuts, lean protein and complex carbs. There is, however, that one day during the week that I allow myself to have something a little extra that is outside of my realm of health foods; pizza, cake, chocolate, ice cream, sweets etc... I usually make this day Friday since it's the day I weigh myself.
This is how it goes down:
I usually go out to a diner with some friends and indulge on the one thing, or several things, I have been craving all week. At times, though, I don't feel like getting anything at all, but since it is Friday (my "little something extra"), I tend to order off the menu anyway. I place my order, get my treat and indulge. Depending on what it is (generally nothing remotely close to the bottom of the food pyramid) I don't feel thick or heavy after eating it, but sometimes I do. On Saturday, I usually wake up with stomach pains, bloating, cramps along with other gastrointestinal sounds and what not. These "symptoms" last a day or two and then go away.
As crazy as it may seem, my body was and has been talking to me all along. For me, I find it hard to listen to my body when I am out with a group of friends, family or anything social. Let's face it, eating is fun, enjoyable and just so damn tasty, but the reaction to my body after the Friday night "forgy" (food + orgy) shouldn't go unnoticed. I've been failing to listen to the signals my body has been sending me. It is very important for each of us to listen to our own bodies and what is true for us, not just with food, but in every aspect of our lives.
I've talked in past blogs about becoming mindful and self aware of ones self and feel I have strayed from that a little bit. It's okay though, we are all works in progress and no one is perfect or has all the answers. The answers come from within. I've slowly been learning this mindset and have found several sources in which I find helpful such as www.tinybudda.com. This site has a lot of good, useful, suggestive information that has helped me through some things over the past few months. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone, even if you aren't Buddhist, it doesn't matter.
So I have made a promise to keep listening, being mindful and aware of what my body/heart is saying to me. Whether it be with food, relationships, family, career choices and friendships... all the answers we seek can only come from listening to ourselves on the inside. Until next time!