My body has its own language. It has different dialects. I’ve become adept to its body language. I can tell when I’m hungry, and I know the difference between satisfaction and fullness. I no longer confuse thirst for hunger.
These may seem like simple things, but for years it was as if the connection between me and my body was broken. I could go for hours without eating, and then all of a sudden become aware that I was starving. I’d overeat till I was in pain. I used to confuse thirst for a craving for ice cream.
Here are some ways my body talks to me that I missed for years. A headache tells me it has been too long between meals. Difficulty concentrating or irritability is another way my body also tells me I’m hungry. It also gives me jittery feelings, and I can feel the discomfort of my empty stomach.
When I’m eating, I can still put more food on my plate than is comfortable eating. I’m glad my body lets me know when I’m satisfied with a calm, comfy feeling in my stomach. My mind helps by letting me know that it’s time to stop, or I’ll feel uncomfortably full.
I’m in the process of learning my body’s energetic language. This new language is my body’s way of telling me when I need to slow down. It’s finally getting through to my mind, which can get so involved with getting “just the right words” down on paper, or lose time in creative activities.
When I listen to my body it tells me when I’m feeling “off”. I may notice a slump in energy, or dryness in my throat that isn’t quite sore, but feels different. I may find my mind going “blank” and I know it’s time to stop working.
I have a women’s circle that I love going to. It’s scheduled the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00 pm to 9:45 pm. When I listen to my body it tells me to go to bed between 8:30 and 9:00 pm. This group is challenging for me energetically, but it fills me up in so many other ways.
This past Wednesday, I went to work and noticed I was feeling a little queasy. Was it hunger? I had lunch, and felt a little better. I listened more closely to my body and it told me that there was tension in my forehead, not quite a headache, but a precursor to one. I noticed I was thirstier than usual. I drank more water, but after my last client, I knew my body was not feeling “right”. I canceled my women’s group and went home. I listened to my body, which said I needed to go to bed at 6:30 pm. My mind said it was too early, but I decided to take a nap. I woke up at 6:35 am the next morning!
By listening to my body instead of my mind, I was able to prevent a sickness! I went to work the next day after 12 hours of sleep and had no nausea, no headache. I can tell my energy is still a little low, so I didn’t ride my bike this morning even though the sun was shining and my mind told me I should get on my bike before the rains come.
I’m learning this new energetic language of my body.
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Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!