28 Jun 2011
The first time I tried surfing I was 16. That was *gasp* 33 years ago. It was the beginning of a personal transformation and life journey. I was at a crossroad and I could either go down the healthy path or unhealthy path. I fell in love with surfing that day and luckily it caused me to head down the healthy path.
Back then, healthy info was not readily available like it is now. There was the basic eat your veggies mantra but not much more. But what I did notice was that being in the water all day made me crave real food. I didn’t desire donuts after four hours of surfing or windsurfing. I wanted lean protein and veggies and good carbs. It just felt right. As the fitness craze started to take off and more science became available, it all started to make sense.
Like depending on auto-fill to spell words, I have often found it easy to depend only on what I’m hearing and reading and forget to pay attention to what I’m feeling. But whenever I go back to listening to my body I’m able to make better choices. If I have an upset stomach or I’m really tired I want to know why. I would then take an inventory and change what I was doing.
Many times there are the usual suspects when my body starts complaining:
- Processed food
- Simple carbs
- Too much sugar
- Lots of gluten
- Not enough sleep
- Sodium overload
- Not enough activity
I’m slightly obsessive about reading the newest health and fitness info, but I think we need to be the experts of our bodies by listening to and adjusting how we’re treating it. Keeping a journal helps you to evaluate and start to make the connections between what you put into your body and how it responds. That includes exercise and sleep patterns. After awhile you learn what’s negatively affecting you and you can make some adjustments. It then will become a lifestyle.
Only you know how you feel. Listening to your body is one of the most important keys to lifetime health.
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