Let me hear your body talk, your body talk.
Have you ever spent the time to listen to your body? Well, I have, mostly when I was immersed in being continuously hungry. My body only spoke of food. I would finish eating and then start thinking of the next meal, the next snack. We kept the cupboard stacked of snack foods, just in case someone would need to eat at any moment. I have a video of my mom looking in the cupboard, when I was trying to talk to her about something and instead of listening to me she was saying "where's the chocolate" because that was her focus in that moment. Our bodies spoke to us only of hunger. And we laughed about it, like it was normal and acceptable.
Yet, now I realize my body speaks to me in many different ways. I realize that my body speaks to me in pain. I have woken up being in so much body pain and I didn't know why. I read the book "Wheat Belly" and the statement of that book was that wheat can cause body pain. I realized that once I cut out wheat from my diet my body stopped speaking to me in pain. When I started to cut out carbohydrates, I realized that my body stopped speaking to me in gas, and my body stopped speaking to me in continually being in excess hunger.
Pain is important to pay attention to. Whether it is emotional pain or physical pain, your body is talking to you about the fact that there needs to be some sort of change. If you think about a runner, and then when they are running along they feel some sort of excruciating pain, are they supposed to stop? Yet, instead of stopping they keep running, and the next thing they know is that something is broken or unmovable for weeks. If they don't listen to their body then they are doing damage to their body, because their body is speaking to them to stop. Something is wrong.
If you are having excessive gas and bloating, then your body is also speaking to you that something that you are eating is not agreeing with you. It is important to pay attention to that. My grandmother experienced increased bloating and as we say 'farting' at inappropriate moments of sneezing or laughing. It was a sign that her carbohydrate intake was excessive, only she didn't know it. Then I started to pay attention to it with my mother, and when she stopped eating the excessive carbohydrates the 'farting' or flatulence as it is called appropriately, decreased. Now she can tell if she ate carbohydrates the day before by how much she is flatulent in the morning.
My body is also speaking to me as I lose weight. I can feel my stomach more. I feel more and more concave, like I actually need to hold my stomach in, whereas before, I never had the feeling of needing to. I can 'feel' thinner. I can feel hunger. I can feel when it is that I really need to eat, or when it is my body is just reacting to an increase in carbohydrates from the day before. I can feel that I have gained a sense of being in control. My body is speaking to me, and I am now listening.
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