I was visiting my daughter in Greece for a few days. It was very relaxing and energizing at the same time. I love Thessaloniki; with its ‘ancient’ and its ‘modern’ side by side, and its amazing energy and diversity.

Most of all, I loved spending time with my daughter. We had many deep conversations and one of them was about healthy nutrition and lifestyle, how she has finally tuned in to what her body is telling her, what it accepts and what it doesn’t and how her nutrition and lifestyle impacts her.

Our bodies are quite remarkable machines. They take a beating everyday on a physical and emotional level; we work too hard, sleep too little, stress and feed them with unnatural food, and yet they are ever forgiving. Functioning as well as they can under these strenuous circumstances and they do a pretty good job!

So just like the deep conversations I had with my daughter, I think it’s about time we have deep conversations with our body. Our body will give us signals, send us messages and when we don’t listen, over time, it will find other ways to get your attention.

I would like to share a true story:

A friend, who had been diagnosed with cancer and had been through major surgery shared his experience with me.

After the surgery (which went well), he was in the ICU for 11 days, and was being pumped with medication upon medication (for pain, sleep issues, antibiotics, hiccups, vomiting, etc.). His condition was not improving and he hadn’t slept for 11 days. The numerous doctors kept trying different meds. At some point in his weakened state he intuitively knew that the only way his body was going to heal was to limit the medication, and out of the 13 different meds he was taking, he agreed to take the 4 most important ones (to the doctors’ disapproval). He listened to his body and within 24 hours, he was out of the ICU and fast asleep.

This is not to say that medicine does not have its place but in this specific situation, my friend listened to his body and took matters into his own hands.

So how do we have a conversation with our body?

Mine usually starts with ‘I’m sorry I did this to you again, I’ll do better next time’. :-)

This is after I’ve eaten something that I know is bad for me, but did it anyway. I try not to do this often of course but I am only human; sometimes I allow myself to have a little something. I very quickly make up for it!

Having chats with our body on a daily basis, not only when we’ve eaten or done something that doesn’t serve us, helps us to tune into our intuition.

It all starts with being aware of the signals whether it be from something you’re eating/drinking (Secondary food) or something you’re doing (Primary food).

When you eat or drink something (Secondary food) ask yourself, after 30 minutes, a couple of hours and at the end of the day:

  • How do I feel?
  • Do I feel energetic?
  • Why do I feel fatigued?
  • Why do I feel bloated?
  • I feel great, why?

The same goes for your Primary food (relationships, career, physical activity and spirituality):

  • Am I in the right relationship?
  • Do I enjoy my job?
  • Am I getting enough exercise?
  • Why am I stressed?
  • How do I feel?

As a teen I knew something was wrong every time I consumed dairy or wheat. I would feel bloated and sick. I felt self-conscious all the time and couldn’t wear the clothes I liked. I literally needed one size bigger!  I didn’t listen and kept eating all the wrong foods.

Another example, where I did listen was, needing sleep. All my peers would be up until all hours and I was in bed by 9:00 pm! I knew I couldn’t function if I didn’t get enough sleep.

We all know what is good for us on a bio-individual level. We are all unique, and need different things, whether it’s through food or non-food nourishments, measure yourself against yourself because there is no one out there like you.

So, have those conversations with your body. Listen and you will learn a lot, but most of all you will learn to respect your body and take care of it, as it takes care of you.

Start today by having an honest conversation with your body!

 

“Listen to your body when it whispers so

     you won’t have to hear it scream” 

Published by Julie Constantinou