Continuing from my last blog, the Second Weight Loss Tip is listening to your body for when and what to eat.
As children we can be very connected to our body’s wisdom and know when and what our body is wanting. As we mature, we often begin to live in our minds more and more, and we gradually lose that connection.
From the research I’ve been doing and working with clients here, I’ve learned some tips that may support you to listen to your body and reconnect to it’s intelligence. This can make weight loss easier. These tips can help guide you to only eat when you’re hungry and to make good food choices when you do eat. Give it a go and leave a comment below sharing your experience or asking any questions you have.
Here are suggestions for how to listen to your body.
First, Slow Down. Take a moment to slow down and connect with what is deeper within. I like to sit in a comfortable chair and close my eyes. It’s helpful to take several deep breaths.
Imagine breathing in and out through the center of the chest. This is the location of the energetic heart and a connecting point to our intuition. Then check in and see if you are hungry. If the answer is “yes” ask, “What food would be ideal for my body now?” The answer comes quickly and you can trust it.
I learned another effective way to listen to your body from another weight loss expert. Using the first two fingers of your right hand, tap on your heart. Tap, tap, tap, and when choosing a food ask, “Is this a healthy food for me now?” The answer will be quick and trustworthy.
Use this tapping technique to guide your eating at any time. It’s particularly effective before eating sabotage foods. Sabotage foods are the ones that if you eat one bite you can’t stop.
Try these simple tips. They are very effective. Often, when things are simple they can be discounted, and yet, in my experience, the most simple is often the most profound and effective. Experiment for yourself, especially with sabotage foods, and see what you learn.
The lentil burger recipe below is something my husband, Bill dreamed up. We love these burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves (rather than the old hamburger bun) for dinner on Friday or Saturday night with a movie. They are festive, super delicious and such a healthy way to enjoy the “burger experience.” He makes 12 to 14 with this recipe, and what we don’t use right away, we freeze. They can make such a yummy, quick dinner this way and they always satisfy. Also, we add a beautiful salad to this meal, like the one at the top of this post.
To your amazing health,
Lentil Burger Recipe (Makes 12 – 14)
4 cups purified water
1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup green lentils
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1″ fresh ginger, peeled and chopped finely
1 tablespoon cumin seed
11/2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup chia seed (replace with additional flax if you don’t have chia)
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt (added after lentils are cooked)
Place rice and lentils in a pot, rinse, drain and add the water, onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, Mrs. Dash,and black pepper. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer and cook for 40 minutes until lentils are soft and rice is cooked.
Check to see there is no water in bottom of pan. If there is, cook another 10 minutes until water is gone. Add sea salt, flax, chia and coconut oil. Mix well and let cool for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. When the oven is up to temperature, shape the mix into burgers and place them on a cookie or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 30 minutes than flip to brown the other side for about 5 minutes more. They are ready to eat or you can freeze and enjoy when you wish.