I feel very fortunate to have always been able to listen to my body when it comes to hunger, and seem to know what I want. I had a client I used to work with that after a few times of taking him to lunch he nicknamed me “small portions” because I only ever eat what I hear my body telling me what I need. That way I don’t have to feeling of being bloated and I know I can eat pretty much at least a small amount of whatever I fancy!
I know that isn’t true for everyone, so after having lunch with a friend, Claudia, and she told me about her amazing book “One, Two Punch” I just knew I had to share about it and here’s why…
You can click on this picture to buy the book for yourself…
Claudia Wilson, Author and so much more!
How many of you know the difference between HUNGER and APPETITE? I don’t know if I consciously knew either, at least until I read this book. HUNGER is your body’s need to eat, APPETITE is your desire to eat. It is a simple explanation of something that if unchecked can get even the best eater into trouble. For example, how many of you eat when it’s TIME to eat, when you’re bored, when you’re watching TV or a movie, rather than when you’re hungry? If any of those things are something you do all the time, then you definitely need to read this book, if you do it sometimes (and even I do it sometimes), I still don’t think it would hurt for you to read the book either 😉
If we really listen and learn how to hear what our body is telling us, we can actually not just learn to know we are hungry but also learn what our body needs to eat. The thing about this book that I love the most is that it doesn’t say you have to diet, but it says by choosing to balance your meals and not counting calories, you can actually eat a little bit of whatever you want – remember me saying that I like to eat “a little bit of whatever I fancy”. So, what you do is look at the amount of carbs that you have with a meal and balance that with protein and fats. She teaches about how this method works anywhere, when you’re traveling (no need to measure or count calories), all you need to do is look at the portion size. And here’s the best part – you measure the size of a portion by the size of your fist! So with this method you’re not depriving yourself of ANYTHING just making better choices (and the key here is that it’s YOUR choice).
I know I have talked to friends and family and they talk about their experience with diets and how they don’t work. It’s mainly because their choice is taken away, and pretty much everyone in the world doesn’t want to controlled or have their choice taken away (even if it is by ourselves!)
In today’s social age we can definitely become distracted by going out to dinner with friends, chatting and not being conscious to listen to our bodies and find out if we are full. I know I am always going to go to dinner with friends and family, so it just means I have to be paying attention a little more. I have definitely been guilty of filling up on appetizers or bread before my meal comes and before I know it all I have eaten are carbs, and my intake is not balanced. Obviously that doesn’t work with this method because the One, Two Punch is about balance and portion size… so now I will be more conscious about not snacking before my meal comes. The same can also be said about eating a meal in front of the TV, especially if you’re watching something that is very intense or has your pinned to your seat. Ultimately the key is to focus on eating while you’re eating, that way you know to drink as you eat, you can listen to your body to know when you’re full and leave food on the plate if you don’t need it. I know it can be hard to leave food uneaten, especially if you’re out at a nice restaurant and are paying for the meal, but for you and the wellbeing of your body, knowing when to say when is also necessary!
If you are that person that has a fear of missing out, which can be one of the main reasons many quit their “diets”, if you’re looking for something that will allow you to be more conscious about your eating – because 90% of how we look comes from what we put into our body! Then you need to click this link or the picture of the book above, to buy the book! Use the code STYLE to get 10% off!
I love one of the quotes in the book “There’s no wagon to fall off” – that whole “I screwed up so I’m going to restart on Monday” kind of excuse doesn’t work.
Stop beating yourself up and just work on being more conscious moving forward. And here’s the most important thing – START NOW!!! Go ahead, order the book and see what happens in your life. Even if all you want to do is find a routine that helps you balance your weight and health fluctuations, this will work for you!!
And here’s another thought, this is a great Christmas gift – I have a few people in mind that I want to give this to! At the very least, go and check out her site and read a little more for yourself…
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