The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition in England has released research results on the feeding behaviour of domestic cats. It found that healthy cats were automatically able to regulate their consumption of calories that would keep them at an optimal weight. Even more interesting was that they also had the ability to eat the right types of food in the right proportions (carbohydrates, fats and proteins). Their bodies knew what was right for them and they acted accordingly.
It’s not a huge leap to understand that humans have the same ability: our bodies know what we should be eating, how much we should be eating and when we should be eating. However, the communication channels between our body (or subconscious mind) and our conscious mind gets a bit scrambled for many of us.
Add that to the fact that our conscious mind is drip fed messages from advertisers and the media and, if we are eating unhealthily at the moment then our bodies may be hooked on certain types of unhealthy food such as sugars then it’s not surprising that we don’t know what our body really wants. In fact, we get to the point where we trust others rather than ourselves: the latest celebrity starvation diet is chosen over our body’s cries for help.
When did everybody else’s opinion become more important than our own? When did we start to dislike and disrespect our own bodies so much that we chose to abuse it and starve it of nutrients?
Your body is perfectly able to control its weight. Your body is perfectly able to tell you what it needs to become and stay healthy. Listen to your body, treat it with respect and it will repay you back by allowing you to enjoy an active, energetic lifestyle. If only it was that simple!
Habits such as unhealthy eating are hard to break. Addictions, such as sugar, are even harder. The hole in our emotions that we try to fill become unbearable if we can’t fill them up with food.
Diets are not the answer. Punishing yourself is not the answer. Working with your body is the only answer.
For a step by step plan that will help you break the habits, cut off the addiction and deal with the emptiness try Diets Don’t Work.
Cats have got it right. In fact, they could have written Diets Don’t Work but, of course they’re cats, so they can’t write – but they certainly know how to eat!
Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer. This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.
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