I love watching birds – their vivid colors, their apparent freedom, the soaring – that liberating sensation of flight. I also love that unlike humans, it’s the males that have to be pretty to get the girls (I would have had soooo much less anxiety as a teenage girl, and even to this day - just think of how much time would be freed up if societally, no makeup was expected!) I digress…
Back to the story. One day as I stood staring through my kitchen window at beautiful blue jays and cardinals dining at my bird feeder, I commented to my husband how cool it would be to be a bird. No obligations. Go where you want, when you want. Eat when you want.
He looked at me with brow raised and replied in his most sarcastic tone: “Oh yea, how great that would be! After every bite, you’re on full alert, eyes wide open, darting back and forth, watching for a hawk to come in for the kill.”
Talk about “kill” – what killjoy he was!
But once I snarled at my husband and got back to my joy of watching the birds, I was inspired by their intuitive nature.
The sky was getting darker, the wind was blowing and a storm was surely headed our way.
And they were seriously chowing down!
It reminded me of conversations with clients who spend most of their time in meetings. (Stick with me here – it will make sense!)
A key concept in my work is to get you to a place of eating intuitively, and a key component of that is to eat only when you’re hungry.
So the challenge: It’s 12:30, you’re not hungry but you’re booked solid in meetings from 1:00 - 5:00pm. What to do? You know damn well you’re going to be hungry at some point, but can’t exactly stop and look at everyone sitting in a conference room and say, “Excuse me, I’m now hungry. I’m leaving to go eat and will be back when I’m done.”
Just not going to work!
That’s where nature inspired me. Birds, like so many animals in nature are very intuitive. We often hear that animals only eat when they are hungry, but that’s really not true.
They also know when a storm is coming. And, they eat more to prepare for their wait-out-the-storm energy needs. So, rather than advise my clients, and you, to eat ONLY when hungry, I have another point of view:
“Eat only when hungry, unless you know you won’t be able to eat when you’re hungry.”
The common sense application of that is to Plan Ahead. If you’re not hungry now, but know you’re going to be in a meeting marathon, or traveling, or running errands or fill-in-the-blank for an extended period of time, rather that set yourself up for a binging on the closest edible-looking food-like substance during a 5-minute break, (and likely followed by overeating at the next meal), nourish yourself before the marathon begins.
Unlike the bird, I’m not talking about a gorge-fest, (you don’t need to brave out wind and rain), but rather, have a light meal, combining protein, fiber and healthy fat to give you vital nutrients and staying power – physically and mentally.
Wishing you well,
P.S. Could you use a little help figuring out the “whats”, “hows” and “whens” of healthy eating? Let’s have a chat about make the process easy and find out if working together is a good fit. I offer a complimentary session and scheduling is easy with my online booking system: Schedule Now
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