Listen To Your Body

The idea of “listening to your body” is one hardest concepts to master when it comes to living healthfully. We hear this phrase uttered all the time from doctors, trainers, and magazines. But what do these words really mean? We have become incredibly impatient creatures and instead taking a minute to stop and listen to what our bodies are telling us when we are tired, hungry, sick or anxious, our first response is, “Okay how can I fix this? What can I take?” We look for both problems and answers in the most convoluted places. “What’s wrong with me? Why am I like this? I must have a weak stomach. I think I’m carrying too much tension in my shoulders.” We just want to keep moving and get back to our normal routines.

This approach is greatly flawed. It is mind-blowing how once you turn your focus and reflection inward and listen to your body, how much you can truly understand about what is going on in your life and health. By nature a lot of us are rule followers. We look for guidelines from the outside. The only problem is, when it comes to health, the rules are different for each person. There are unique routines and limits and tricks that will bring each individual to their perfect picture of health and wellness. The only rule that remains steadfast for each and every person is that if you listen to yourself and the rules your body sets up for you, naturally, you will deepen your access to feeling good and wellness. Still, you have to know what to look for.

Below I have laid out Four Simple Ways To Listen To Your Body. As soon as I began following these signposts, I understood what it meant to truly be in my body. I knew myself in ways that I never did before and my stress was reduced with my increased understanding what was going on inside my mind and physical core. Our bodies are very wise; we must learn to trust them. However, like everything else in life – consistency is key. The simple tasks listed below need to be performed regularly until listening to yourself if your your instinct; until your way of life involves checking in to see what your body needs.

Eat Mindfully

While you are eating, take a minute to ask yourself how hungry am I? Once you are finished with your meal or snack , note your level of fullness and separately check in with your level of satisfaction. Actively searching for these three feelings will help you tune into your physical needs and will also help you determine the right portions for the future. (For example, before I eat a meal I take a moment of gratitude and try to eat slowly. It really helps! J)  

Create A Morning Routine

The morning is truly a special time of day (and also my favorite). Before the world comes at us and our hectic schedules begin is the perfect time to take a few moments to set your intentions for the day. It is also a great place to do something special for yourself. Do some stretches. Read one chapter in a good book while sipping your coffee. Drink a cool glass of water with lemon. Calming rituals provide your body and mind with comforting regularity. In blogs to come I will share my morning routine with you and how it has completely changed my life.

Breathe

When you find yourself unable to connect with what your body needs, closing your eyes for just a few moments and taking deep long breaths will not only calm you down, but can also reveal answers to your questions. Meditation has proven benefits, both physically and mentally (and beyond that, too). However, beginning by just asking yourself a simple question, closing your eyes and taking five slow breaths can have a huge impact on getting to the bottom of what you need and want. I have found that this practice helps create a sense of control and a deep relationship with your body.

Let Go

This is a simple one: Let go. That’s it! Let go of what you think you know and create what your body wants. Forget about the rules and tricks you have read in magazines and diet books, and allow your body the space to crave the movement and rest it wants and when it wants it, the nutrients it desires and in what amounts and combinations it does, and trust me – you will be on the truest path to wellness you can imagine.

Superfoods for Recovery

I think we have all spent many years working out and feeling oh so very sore afterwards. Enough so, that we don’t even want to return to the gym. There are so many products out there geared specifically towards reducing soreness and to help increase muscle growth after exercise. We are all familiar with the protein shake, which don’t get me wrong, certainly has its place. The protein shake however, is limited in its benefits for the body. But what if I could tell you that there are 100% natural products out there in the form of superfoods, where you could achieve the same thing, and get more bang for your buck?! I have found that in most cases this form of self-care and refueling has zero effects on the digestive system. In fact, not only are you providing your muscles with adequate recovery but also gaining magnificent benefits in other areas of your body. These superfoods are also incredible diverse, you can put them into a smoothie or eat them all on their own. Whichever way you decide, I can guarantee a delicious result with incredible benefits for those sore muscles.

1) Spirulina is the ultimate athletes superfood! It contains all eight amino acids. Spirulina is also a very high source of chlorphyll, salts, phytonutrients, and enzymes; and also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, K, and E. All majorly important when it comes to repairing muscle tissue. It is best to consume spirulina after workouts for rapid healing effects. Another surprising fact is that spirulina contains the same amount of iron that you would get from eating red meat.

2) Raw Chocolate is not only incredibly delicious but also helps lower stress of physical activities. It contains high levels of magnesium, chromium, B vitamins and antioxidants – which aids in shortening your muscle recovery time. Cacao also has the highest levels of magnesium than any other food on the planet! Magnesium is helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function.

3) Cayenne is, in my personal opinion the best spice on earth! It purifies the blood in order for oxygen to be carried through our heart and lungs and ultimately to our muscles. Cayenne also helps boost the metabolism and aids in weight loss. Also, cayenne stimulates fluid elimination through sweating, which helps the body cool itself while eliminating built up toxins.

4) Goji Berries, get this, are known for naturally containing and producing the human growth hormone when consumed. They are one of nature’s greatest superfood hands down. Especially for sports such as bodybuilding and other extreme sports. They are also high in antioxidants as well as very high in protein. Goji Berries contain 19 different amino acids including all 8 of the essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of muscle-building protein, which is crucial when is comes to repairing muscle tissue and reducing soreness.