Practice Makes Perfect: The mind breaks before the body

Practice makes perfect! We have heard this saying throughout all of our lives over and over again right? Practice in sports, cooking, work, hobbies, diets etc. But what about practicing a good lifestyle full of positive energy, mindful eating and being in-tune with your body?

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The mind-body relationship is one of a kind. It is a life long journey that you have to be fully committed to and conscious of for the relationship to work properly. Once the mind and body are working together, I promise your life will be changed and you will feel happy, energetic, less bloated and ready to take on the world. But it takes a lot of practice.

Right after reading Nadya Andreeva’s book, “Happy Belly”, I felt as if I had full control over what I put into my body and never felt restricted. When food was in front of me I was able to mindfully ask myself if I needed it or if I was even hungry. I wasn’t counting calories and I wasn’t eating all greens. I was eating a well-rounded diet and having no bloating issues. I felt energetic and in complete control with how my body felt. It was one of the most amazing feelings I have ever had throughout this journey. And then, a few weeks went by and old habits came to the surface along with less energy.

So why after having such a break through moment did I fall back to my old ways?

Well it’s like any thing in life really, the mind-body relationship is a form of lifestyle. It takes practice to make it a part of life and to form into new habits.

Last night, Nadya was kind enough to share a free webinar giving tips that she typically only shares to her one-on-one clients. She emphasized how important it is for us to understand our bodies and physiology better. Each one of us is different. What may work for one person may not work for the other. But one thing we all have in common is one body in this life and it is up to you to take care of it.

The biggest tip: Let go and be present with yourself. Trust your body to make the right choice.

One of the biggest questions asked was, “Why do I still gain weight or feel bloated even if I eat a healthy diet?”

The key to the mind-body relationship is not just about what you eat, but also how you eat and why.

Nadya’s 9 reasons for why you might be gaining weight or feeling bloated even when eating healthy are:

  • habits
  • digestion
  • unmet needs
  • stress
  • fear
  • compulsive eating behaviors
  • unsatisfactory sleep
  • emotional eating
  • anxiety
  • sexual dissatisfaction

She went through and asked us to write down when we find ourselves going to food during one of the listed reasons. So for example:

“What habits of eating do you have?”

  • eating after work
  • late night snacking

“What situations are you stressed with that cause you to reach to food?”

  • too much to handle at one time
  • exhausted after work

“When emotions cause you to reach for food?”

  • boredom
  • wanting pleasure or satisfaction

Her point for writing down answers to each of these questions is a way for you to look inside yourself and see where some of the issues are coming from. Our ancestors only ate when they were hungry whereas now we eat when we feel stressed, bored or anxious. We don’t rely on how and why we are eating. If you stop and think about the how and why you are eating, you will begin this journey of the mind-body relationship! πŸ™‚

For me, I’m not trying to lose weight, but rather I want to learn about my body and the foods that cause my tummy to bloat so I can live a life feeling light, energetic and happy. When foods make me bloat, they cause me to have very little energy, mood swings, pains in my tummy and unhappiness. I am on a journey to find the foods and habits causing me that lack of energy. Once I can pinpoint it out and change my lifestyle, energy will come with it! (Trust me, it works, I felt it for a few weeks and it was amazing!)

This is a very exciting and interesting journey to be on and I encourage all of you to join me! I love learning more and more about how my body can tell my mind what to do rather then my mind always telling my body what to do. Like my coach used to tell me in sprinting work outs, “the mind breaks down before the body, keep going!”

I learn every day and I love it! Even though I feel I have had some set backs these last few weeks, Nadya’s webinar was a good reminder practice makes perfect and it will take a lifetime to continue to be in-tune with my body. It’s a commitment and a journey so it will take time, along with set backs.

My tip to everyone out there on this mind-body journey or even on any diet: It takes practice and being in-tune with yourself to make it a part of your lifestyle. Don’t give up because the end results are completely life changing!

Questions for the day:

  • Do you diet often and find yourself not sticking to the diet? If so, let me know and I would be more than happy to share the mind-body relationship that will make it into a lifestyle, not a diet.
  • Are you looking for a way to stop restricting and not having to rely on willpower?

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Foodmotional says:

    I really enjoyed this post! Very insightful thoughts here. I am on the same sort of journey, so this was very motivating for me. Thank you!

    1. Marieanna says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed today’s post! I’m so happy to hear you are on this same journey! If you ever need motivation or inspiration I am more then happy to help. We all need that push from others and this journey is more fun when we are doing it with others! πŸ™‚

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