It’s time to have a better understanding of your personal health through interoceptive awareness.
There is no magic solution or one-size-fits-all approach to healthy living. The key to living your healthiest life is knowing your body and being able to connect to it.
I’m a huge advocate of intuitive eating. Intuitive eating has helped me reclaim my food and fitness freedom. Within this framework of ten principles, interoceptive awareness is often talked about. Interoceptive awareness is being able to listen to your inner body sensations and messages.
Self-connection and awareness are essential in cultivating a healthy life. This awareness is the key to developing a healthy relationship with food and our bodies.
How Do You Learn Self-Connection? Through mindfulness.
Mindfulness allows us to live in the present moment and connect with our bodies.
Why is this important? Food and exercise extremes, cleanses, detoxes, resets and all of these messages are in front of us daily – which clouds our vision and makes it challenging to know, trust or even HEAR what you body is telling you.
It becomes easier to rely on external sources for advice and information – such as what to eat and how and when to move. It can be overwhelming and confusing. We get lost in a sea of the “shoulds”.
Mindfulness is about bringing awareness to your food and your body signals. Mindfulness is about noticing. It is about pausing and paying attention. Mindfulness is powerful because pausing and noticing allows you to start realizing that your body is constantly sending you messages – all day, every day.
You will start to notice things such as how the food smells, how your muscles are feeling, if you’re enjoying the exercise you’re doing or if you’re not, and so on.
Here are your action steps to put Mindfulness into practice:
Start checking in with yourself by asking QUESTIONS.
At your next meal check-in with yourself.
What sounds good?
What would satisfy me?
What do I need right now?
How am I, really?
Apply these questions to any aspect of your life, from fitness to gatherings!
Here are 6 Opportunities to Practice Mindfulness Each Day:
During your morning routine – when you brush your teeth or make your coffee
In the Shower
On a Walk
When you are Eating
Setting an alarm at a random time to go off on your phone