Let’s Move Monday: Fill Your Soul NOT Your Plate

When I was growing up we used to celebrate big occasions, or just a Friday (TGIF!), with food—lots of it.

In my home, if it was your birthday, you got to choose the restaurant or a special recipe to kick start your big day.  And BIG it was—beginning with the caloric intake.  These were generally the times when we would say “I’ve earned this double fudge yumminess or it’s (fill in the blank) and calories don’t count”; on these “special occasions” I would indulge like nobody’s business—until I was STUFFED.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that stuffing myself isn’t a reward it’s abuse.

Think about it, when you are stuffed how do you feel? What emotions are bubbling over?  Generally, it’s regret followed by a touch of nausea and a splash of frustration. The “ugh, I shouldn’t have had that last piece” or “someone get me a stretcher”. Feeling like an overstuffed piñata isn’t how I want to relish another year gone by.

Food is meant to nourish not only our bodies, but our minds as well.  This is why when you eat certain “clean foods”, like fresh vegetables and lean proteins, you feel light and focused as opposed to the feelings you get from sugary drinks and over processed foods which make us feel high at first but then bring us crashing down.

Living and eating in excess weighs down your body and blocks your spirit from true fulfillment.

Excess weight is like excess baggage—if you carry it around too long you are bound to hurt something. Filling ourselves beyond our comfort zone keeps us in a state of lethargy and obedience to our lesser selves. It’s this cycle of self-abuse and goal sabotage we must choose to stop if we want to reach our highest potential.

Tip 3: Eat to the Point of Nourishment NOT Nausea.  A majority of us don’t truly enjoy our meals or taste our food that matter.  We take most of our meals in front of a computer or TV which distract us from how much we are consuming. Make your meal times “your time”, unplug while you’re eating and pay attention to how your feeling.  Retire your membership to the clean plate club!

Tip 4: Give Gratitude Daily.

Find three things to be grateful for at the end of each day and write them down. Focusing on what we are thankful for helps to fill our spirit. When our spirits are fulfilled we tend not to seek out other ways to satiate ourselves.

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