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When your body speaks, do you listen?

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Monday, October 26, 2015

I've often heard people say especially on the health circuit that it's good to listen to your body. I really didn't give it much thought when I would hear that. Well yesterday I had my emoticon moment. You know, that "aha moment" when it all makes sense to you.

For the past few weeks now, I have been consciously making healthier food choices and as a result, I have been sleeping better, having more energy not only when I wake up from sleeping but throughout the day, not to mention, I had stop feeling bloated which I had been feeling like that for so long that I honestly didn't know what it felt like to not feel bloated.

So, yesterday I really was craving some Cream of Wheat, which by the why is my favorite cereal. I had not eaten any in several months and so I decided that I would give into my craving. I must admit, I did overindulged because I clearly had more then one serving along with my favorite sweetener raw Stevia and boy didn't I pay for it later on.

When I opened my eye from sleeping, I felt crappy; I didn't feel energetic like I had been for weeks and my stomach felt full like the cereal was just sitting there. I immediately knew that the way I was feeling was the results of what I put into my body. Now I'm not trying to say that Cream of Wheat is bad for you because in the few articles that I've read on it, it's' actually suppose to have good health benefits if eaten in moderation however, I will say that my BODY did let me know that for me, it wasn't a good food choice. I hadn't realize before this blog post that I actually felt the same way the last time I ate this cereal. You know, I actually was saying to myself that I would be glad when it does pass through so that I could start feeling good and energetic again.

This blog is not really about one particular food or just about my experience but hopeful just encouragement to others on this healthier lifestyle journey to really listen to your body each time you put something in it. If you listen to your own body, I truly believe that it won't steer you wrong.

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  • LIS193
    Wheat does a number on my body and I feel better avoiding it.
    1929 days ago
    emoticon try to eat more veggies and fruit.. emoticon emoticon

    this is great! emoticon emoticon
    1929 days ago
    Thanks for your valuable insight on listening to your body. What I have learned is that I have trained my body not to respond when I've had enough food. If there's more on my plate, I think I have to eat it & I DON'T! Instead, stopping when I'm full (instead of when my plate is empty, as I was taught!) is a new behavior I'm working on changing.
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    1929 days ago
    I totally agree! Unfortunately, what I've discovered is that I can no longer eat much meat at a time, especially red meat (no offense to any cattle ranchers out there). That bloats me; maybe it takes longer to digest??

    Paying attention to which foods do what to your body is important, and so is reading your body's signals with exercise. Yoga is helping me listen to my body there.
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    emoticon for sharing this important info............ it's true one body does let us know what it doesn't want anymore................. especially when we overdo it. emoticon
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2475290
    No two bodies are the same. Any type of cereal tends to make my stomach a bit uneasy. Also I know that anything with tomato sauce in it doesn't suit me, so lasagna and many other Italian dishes that are favorites don't suit my body.

    Great blog!
    1929 days ago
    TANYATHOMPSON12: I agree about that because Splenda really messes up my stomach. Took me a while to figure that out. Equal brand not so much. I don't really use Stevia much so I'm not sure about that one. But Splenda is evil to my system. So maybe it wasn't the cream of wheat after all!

    MANI1951: I have cut way back on artificial sweeteners as well. Even though they're calorie free I'm not sure they're good for you. They also increase your appetite just like sugar does.

    SULKASIIPI: Totally agree. I've cut way back on sweeteners of any kind. And I don't feel bloated like I used to.

    Great blog post. This is why I love SP. It and its members inspire me every single day.
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo RBRUBACKER1
    I've always been pretty good about getting my water intake, but this past year I've noticed that if I don't drink at least 6 8 oz glasses of water my stomach starts to hurt a bit. Not heartburn hurt, just a new achiness I hadn't noticed before.
    1929 days ago
    You make a good point!
    1929 days ago
    You truly ARE what you eat. Good for you for listening to your body!
    1929 days ago
    You are so right!
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo NYLAURA1
    If it's a gluten problem, try cream of rice next time.
    Congratulations on getting featured!
    1929 days ago
    A great reminder...our bodies talk to us all the time, it's important for us to listen!!
    1929 days ago
    I certainly do agree with you. I've eaten foods and felt miserable afterwards. Sometimes it's the food itself, and sometimes it's how much I ate (four slices of pizza).
    At least I'll never have to worry about overeating on cream of wheat. I can't stand it. emoticon I'll stick to oatmeal and grits and try to keep them in moderation.

    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15546158
    Love my Cream of Wheat with brown sugar. Maybe it's the Stevia that is making you bloated?
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo TENIEL3
    I agree concerning over indulging or eating foods that we haven't enjoyed for awhile. Our digestive systems become used to clean eating. For me this also applies to rest. Sometime I am tempted to push myself to do a tough workout when I'm feeling fatigued. A lighter work out may be a good substitute in this case and also energize me. I find that I'm less effective when doing a P90X or Cardiac intervals HIIT when I'm tired. What do the Sparkpeople think?

    Terry O
    1929 days ago
    Great article and so true! I learned the same lesson myself the hard way when I was diagnosed with Ulcerate Colitis at 34. I started getting back to basics and really listening to what my insides were telling me. I'm happy to say its been 11 years since my diagnosis and I don't medically treat with medicines and cant remember my last flare up. I feel very fortunate when I hear others stories of their aliments.
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  • no profile photo CD11903300
    Well said and so very true....I have been there also...the choices we make does effect our overall being. Yes all done in moderation if you do listen to your body cause it sure does talk to us...with our pain, sleep, mood...ect it's telling us something. Thanks for another wake up call.
    1929 days ago
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  • no profile photo MANI1951
    Great post, made me stop and think about exactly what kind of foods I'm eating. Thanks for sharing.
    I no longer use any artificial sweetener of any kind. It gave me a lot of problems. there are lots of side effects from that artificial stuff.
    1929 days ago
  • GMARIE9999
    Wow! I too was craving cream of wheat a few days ago and gave into the craving by purchasing some just yesterday. I haven't eaten it yet but I think I might return it. I noticed that it hardly had any fiber in it even though they created a new version that has more fiber.
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15733790
    Wonderfully said! emoticon
    1929 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your story. Our bodies tell us a lot of things, but do we listen? It's those aha moments that really open our eyes! Let's keep ourselves healthy, motivated and wise. emoticon emoticon
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo SULKASIIPI
    I agree 100%
    This fall I felt bloated for weeks and it was solely because I wasn't paying attention to what I was eating. It's so easy to have sweets every day without even noticing. All that sugar really makes me look like a bloated whale.

    Now I have cut sugar drastically from my diet and I have forgotten what a bloated belly feels like. It only takes about a week and a load of motivation to get out of the sugar addiction!
    1929 days ago
  • DEKATE99
    1929 days ago
    This is so true.

    1929 days ago
    So very true!
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo LOVEMYPOOHBEAR
    I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my BG was 22. I didn't think I was feeling anything in particular, except for drinking a lot. However now that I'm on a great eating programme I feel so much better. I too listen to my body. I can almost pinpoint what my readings will be, when I need to exercise more. I eat oat bran most mornings for breakfast. I use 1 cup of water, 1/3 cup of oat bran and 1Tbsp of ground flax seeds. I cook it on the stove and when it is ready and thick I throw in a handful of frozen blueberries. It cools the oat bran and melts the berries. I put about 2 Tbsp of soy or almond mild on it and have a very healthy breakfast. Now that I'm feeling more energized and lighter as i've lost about 50 lbs I feel that my body was telling me to quit stuffing it with undesirable foods. I try to be a good listener now and my body repays me with energy and good health.
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14212757
    I so agree..I eat pretty healthy and caved into a doughnut yesterday, in fact, a few other staff did too, and we all were discussing how crappy we felt all day yesterday...was it our bodies or guilt or both...I am walking away from doughnuts next time!! I can do it...WE CAN DO IT!!
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo SUSANK16
    Nice blog. I agree about listening to your body. Different foods definitely affect me differently.
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo CACTUSFLOWER13
    Loved the post. No one plan fits all. So many cannot eat grains or starchy foods for breakfast without wanting to eat all day. Some cannot eat grains without getting the bloating you mentioned. Yes, on listening to our bodies. Read, listen and experiment, but do what your body needs, in the end.
    1929 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this good advice.
    1929 days ago
    I've been experiencing this lately too. A visit to my dr. convinced me that I needed to get back on track with my eating. For the last couple of weeks, I've been trying to make better decisions, and it does show up in my energy levels and my sleeping. Thank you for your blog and the encouragement it gives me!

    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo SHARONCAPPS
    Good post. thanks for sharing.
    1929 days ago
  • CHANSEN_20001
    Great blog. Thanks for sharing!!
    1929 days ago
    I went low-carb/high-protein six months ago -- no cereal/bread/pasta/other grains in any form since then. My chronic digestive condition, for which I've been taking prescription medication for 15 years, has improved all out of sight. That wasn't one of my reasons for changing my eating habits; it was a happy surprise.

    It won't take a bowl of Cream of Wheat to convince me. For some of us, especially after a prolonged break, eating grains is like swallowing a hand grenade.
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo KDEILY
    Quinoa did that to me. I have not eaten it since. It made my stomach hurt for hours. I made it properly, it was rinsed, etc. It was also delicious. I won't try it again, as that was how bad I felt.
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    1929 days ago
    EXCELLENT ADVICE! It's crazy what my body tells me after carb overload & when I don't listen, boy, does it repeat it's message...Not only does this advice pertain to eating but EXERCISE too!
    1929 days ago
    My body is one big ache this morning and I am going to take life very easy today. emoticon and try to get some more emoticon
    1929 days ago
    It's tough to find out that an old favorite isn't a great favor. Glad you were able to get the message loud and clear, though, so you know!Our bodies are such a perfect machine, but we don't always keep them perfectly oiled!
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    1929 days ago
    I feel the same way - horrible - every time I eat candy, especially on an empty stomach.
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  • AMBER461
    Thanks for sharing.
    1942 days ago
    I am getting better at listening to my body too- especially at eating when I am hungry.
    1943 days ago
    You have made a very good point here and congratulations on your popular blog!
    1945 days ago
    that is something I have learned hat have to listen to my body exercise through pain does not work so I take some days as rest days also have to be careful what I eat at night
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