Ever felt starving already in the morning even though you just had breakfast? Or super tired after lunch? Or maybe anxious and jittery? Food does undoubtedly affect your mood, and this post aims to help you to increase your awareness for improved wellbeing.
Instead of trying another diet in the aim of losing weight as you want to embark a healthy lifestyle, learn how to listen in towards your body. In the end of this blog post I’ll share two great exercises with you, that you in shaa Allah will find helpful.
Because, that is really what it is about. Namely to learn to listen inwards, and create your own eating regime and eat what makes you feel at your best.
Just think about it!
Your body is so intelligent, mashaAllah!
- How do you feel when you’ve been eating too much salty food? More tensed?
- Or how is your body and mind responding after too much sugar?
- How do you feel after comfort food such as a bowl of soup?
- Or after aphrodisiac food like avocado or chocolate?
You may also imagine how you feel when you drink a delicious green smoothie, which provides your blood with oxygen from green kale for example. What a powerful mood enhancer that lifts the spirit!
Squash which grows level with ground, may then help to balance your energy levels and mood. Root veggies like carrots and beets can be great to eat when you feel that you need more comfort foods to ground yourself when you’re feeling overstimulated.
My goal as a Health Coach, is to empower you to understand your own body and your own needs. So you may feel how you’re nourishing yourself. When you develop an understanding of what foods to eat and when it needs it, you’ll discover what is the best eating regime for you!
We are all different, and only you can know the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats that you and your body are feeling best from eating, and keeping you in balance and in excellent health.
But what about cravings?
In another, and upcoming blog post in shaa Allah, we will dig deeper into cavings. However, cravings is a way to practice to listen into you body and what your body really needs! Because the cravings are signals from your body to listen inwards.
If we for example are caving caffeine and drink a lot of coffee, it might be sleep that we actually need. Similarly if we are craving pizza, pasta and ice cream for example; we might just need more carbohydrates. But if we instead add in more fiber and slow carbohydrates such as potatoes, oats, beans and German pumpernickel bread, we will get full and stay full longer time, and thanks to that be satisfied instead, and avoid being grumpy and irritable due to blood sugar swings.
Similarly, if I eat too less healthy fats, I’m likely to get out of balance too. Healthy fats are important and Omega 3 fats can help against depression, just as healthy fats can help towards cravings.
Eat in Moderation
Oftentimes sisters are asking about potion sizes. While this is individual depending on various factors such as activity level, muscle mass, age, breastfeeding or not etc. there are simple guidelines that can be followed. What is important to keep in mind however and which most of us probably can relate too, is that eating too much leads to drowsiness and feeling lethargic. Like how you can feel after a too big pasta portion, because of the serotonin.
If you on the other hand eat focus foods, protein, like eggs, nuts and meats; dopamine will be more present and you’ll experience that it can be easier to focus and work harder. Too much protein, can make you tensed and irritable though.
The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:
“The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few morsels to keep him alive. If he must fill it, then one-third for his food, one-third for his drink, and one-third for air.”(al-Tirmidhi)
Learning to listen inwards to understand your own body and how you react is therefore important for good health. You’ll kind of self-medicate yourself and support your body to seek balance.
1st How to learn to listen inwards (Breakfast Experiment)
A great exercise to start with! Start with the breakfast and then you may continue with another meal, or an entire day. Eat different breakfasts for 7 days and take note of how you feel:
- When you eat it
- 2-3 hours later
The different breakfasts could be as followed:
- Scrambled eggs
- Oatmeal and egg
- Fresh fruits
- Sugary cereals
- Muffin with coffee
- No breakfast
2nd Food-Mood Journal:
Write Food-Mood Journal for a week and acknowledge your energy level, mood, stomach and how you feel immediately after the meal and after 3 hours.
What do you take with you from this text? Please let me know!
Thank you & Energetic Regads,