10 Jun 2011
One of the best pieces of advice I’d ever gotten “Listen…and Breathe” And while I’ve heard it many times throughout my life, I was just reminded again in a recent yoga session.
Listening to your body so important — it applies to the many ‘walks’ in our lives. Not just in yoga, but in everything we do, attempt and pursue. If take a moment to really listen and set aside all the “talk” in our heads (Am I getting better? Is this a waste of time? What about so-and-so? I don’t know if I’ll have time?) we just may find the peace within us to let it happen (without fighting it or wimping out). It doesn’t have to be a huge step, but a step towards progress is a step in the right direction.
Listening to your body (and breathing) can elongate a stretch in yoga without strain or stress – you know how far you can go. The same can apply to a healthy lifestyle plan – understanding and knowing what your body wants (giving yourself the time to “breathe” vs rushing too quickly and misinterpreting your needs):
· Are you still hungry?
· Are you thirsty?
· Are you tired?
· Are your bored, frustrated or stressed?
These are all factors that can influence our eating patterns. Once you know what your body wants/needs you can set yourself in the right direction.
I know when I wake up in the morning, the first thing I need is a tall glass of water. Once I’ve quenched my thirst and have had a little time to “wake up”, I replenish my energy needs with a wholesome bowl of cereal, which typically includes Uncle Sam cereal with a cup of fresh berries and soymilk. I feel good knowing my choice in cereal is additive-free with only wholesome ingredients (a short list of natural foods), high in fiber – a healthy source of whole grains.
When I take the time to “listen” to my body, no matter how subtle the cues, I find I am more at peace and in tune with myself – and better able to perform, whatever the task my be. Thank you Attune Foods for a great, wholesome product!!
Lauren O’Connor, MS, RD is a registered dietitian residing in Los Angeles. She is owner/nutritional consultant for Nutri-Savvy. Her approach and motto: “Savor, Taste and Enjoy…Nutrition”. She focuses on building healthy values and choosing a wide variety of foods, allowing for all foods – even sweets, in moderation. O’Connor is a member of the California Dietetic Association (CDA) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA). A nutritional expert, she’s has contributed to various online media including abcnews, everydayhealth, iVillage, Shine by yahoo, Shape, LivingInThin, FitSugar and Multiples & More. Check out her blog at nutrisavvysblog.wordpress.com