If you’re like most of us who’ve spent years feeling the need to cut back on how much you eat to see the scale start moving downwards, you’re going to Love this! First, let’s reflect on what kinds of foods you (think) you’ve overeaten … Bread? Ice Cream? Chicken Legs? Cookies? Vegetables? Chips? Pasta? Fruit? (Commercially) Roasted/Salted Nuts? Crackers? Cereal? Steak? Raw Nuts? Hmm…
How should we define overeating? Can we agree that overeating is eating more than your body needs for satiety, energy, clear thoughts, and a stable mood? We tend to eat beyond our needs when something is sweet or salty…you know, you just finished eating a full dinner, but somehow there’s “always room for dessert”? Why don’t the extra few hundred calories in that dessert register the same way as eating another plate of dinner? Or what
about that entire bag of chips you just ate, but somehow you’re still hungry?
Have you ever eaten an entire package of steak or head of lettuce? Not likely, right? Ever wonder why? When we eat the foods our body needs to thrive…repair/rebuild/refuel…our body understands what to do with this food. It recognizes it and knows it’s receiving the nutrients it needs. We receive clear signals to stop eating because we’ve had enough.
However, when we eat foods that are sugary, salty or quite altered from their natural state, our body keeps wanting more because it knows it’s lacking true energy and nutrients and is essentially telling you to keep trying. This is why the myth of calories in vs. calories out is so misleading! (Are You Falling Prey to this Myth?)
When switching to eating Real Food…whole, one-ingredient foods that have been around since pre-historic times, our bodies undergo some amazing changes! Most notably, cravings start to subside (a thank-you from the body for finally providing the right kind of fuel!) and we begin eating the amount we Need. That’s right, not the amount we think we need based on having been told we should only eat 3 oz of meat and lots of bread and pasta to be healthy, but the amount your individual body tells you it needs!
Part of the journey towards optimal health is getting to know YOU. What does your body need, today? As you find the right balance of protein/good fats/produce for YOU, you’ll find you are no longer fighting a battle all day long of constantly trying to eat less, track calories and avoid cravings! As your body finds balance you are rewarded with extra energy (mentally and physically) to focus on Living! Say Goodbye to Overeating and fall in Love with the rewards of eating real food!
To Your Best Health!