finally learning to listen to my body
yesterday was my first day of smoothie feasting. I made three smoothies for the day, but I ended up only drinking one & a half. I guess I just wasn't all that hungry. This was amazing for me because in the past I've typically eaten whatever food I have on hand without really thinking about whether or not I'm hungry. Yesterday, I actually listened to my body! I've heard other people talk about doing that, but I never really understood it and didn't know how to do it myself.
I started out in the morning drinking a bunch of water and then around 10 a.m. I had my first smoothie. Around 11 a.m. I started wanting another smoothie, but I looked at the time and realized it hadn't been very long since I finished the other one. I knew I couldn't be hungry already so I started asking myself why else I might be wanting the food. I realized it was just because I was bored at work and wanted a distraction from the project I was working on. Instead of eating unnecessarily, I decided to take a break and go run a couple errands. I went to the library to return a book and then stopped by the store to get some new hair ties. When I came back to work, I was refreshed and was able to focus on my project.
Around 2 p.m. I decided to have my other smoothie. This one was all veggies and it tasted more like a soup, so I poured half of it into a bowl and ate it with a spoon. After I finished the bowl, I felt satisfied so I put the other half back into the fridge.
After work I went to yoga for an hour and then I got a pedicure. That was my reward for finishing my 4 day juice feast. It felt so fantastic to pamper myself!!! So much better than "treating" myself with crappy food. When I got home I thought about having another smoothie. There was one in the fridge already made, so it was readily available, but I didn't feel hungry. I thought maybe I "should" have one because I had only had 1 1/2 earlier so I "should" be hungry. But who cares? Why do we get so preoccupied with what we "should" do? Who decides what "should" is anyway? I made up my mind to listen to my body and not have any.
This morning I feel great! I slept really well - it makes such a difference when I don't eat late at night. Yoga felt really good this morning - Wednesdays are my favorite because I love the teacher. All of the teachers at the studio are great, but this one is my favorite. Now I'm at work and I'm having my first smoothie: spinach, chard, strawberry & raspberry. For lunch I'll have the other half of my "soup" from yesterday. If I'm hungry later I'll have the other smoothie I didn't drink yesterday which is spinach, chard, pineapple & cherry.
I'm really starting to want to chew food again. I'm not giving in though! Today is day 2 of 4, so after today I will be half way through. I can do this! All the same food I want today will still be there on Saturday. There is no reason I can't wait for it.