Why is it that we act as if we are constantly at war with our bodies? Why is it that we push and struggle and fight against what our bodies really want. We tell ourselves we want to exercise, when what we really need is a hot bath or a nap. We tell ourselves we want salad when all we want is an ice-cream. It’s like we’re locked in a constant battle, and if we let up our guard for just an instant, we will turn into some obese, sickly, weak person. If we dare to actually give into our cravings and do what we really want we feel as if the world will come to the end, and we have failed.
But what exactly are we failing at? Failing at proving to ourselves that we have self control? You already know that you do. You exercise self control when you feel like punching your boss in the face when you’re having a bad day at work. You prove your ability to control you emotions when you just smile politely at your aunts meaningless gossip, instead of walking away. If we were controlled soley by our impulses, society as we know it could not function. Why do we need to prove it to ourselves in this other way?
Your body was not designed to make you fat, or unhealthy. If it was, people would have died out a long time ago. In distant times past there were no diets, no strict exercise regimes people had to follow. People just ate what they needed to survive, lived off their land and went about their lives. And dare I say that they were healthier back then than we are now. It’s because they were at peace with their bodies. They weren’t looking for ways to “perfect it” or make it better. They just went about their lives, probably hardly giving it a second thought.
How the world has changed! In todays world it’s all about self betterment.. With all the advances being made in science and technology it’s all about trying to make a good thing even better. Sadly we tend to treat our bodies like a gadget – something we have to keep on “improving”. We have to try this “upgrade” ( I.e exercise or diet regime) so that we can keep up with everyone else. And if we were to actually just let go and be content with what we have – why the world might just come tumbling around us!
Imagine you were just to let go and really listen 100% to what your body wants. What if you were to have a row of chocolate for snack, as opposed to an apple? And what if you were to actually take a nap instead of pushing yourself on the elliptical? Would that really be wrong?
I’m not advocating eating junk or having a sedentary lifestyle. Our bodies are made to be fueled properly and to have some form of activity. And I believe that if you’ve already developed good habits along these lines, you don’t have to worry. Your body will literally crave exercise after some time. That greasy cheeseburger won’t look appealing to you anymore, because you know what real food tastes like. But if your body is tired, or hungry – it’s trying to tell you something. You don’t need to fight those feelings.
Today I was ravenously hungry all day long. I woke up starving and after 2 hours after a hearty breakfast I was hungry again. At first I tried to “ward off the hunger” drinking water because I was afraid I was mistaking hunger for thirst, eating a small snack to hold me though till the next meal. But after a while the futility of it all hit me. Why am I punishing myself like this? Why am I fighting my body? Why can’t I just give it and do what I know is best.
So I ate about 4 snacks today, and 3 large meals. And I’m ok with that. Because the war with my body is over, and I’m declaring a peace treaty. And I know in the end we will both get what we want.