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Stop waiting on weight

When I ask people what their food/body goals are, the answer is usually weight loss for health. Most people conflate the two and they have nothing to do with each other! So, what is health? The definition of health is steeped in nuance at best, and drowning in diet culture at worst.

My own form of disordered eating manifested under the guise of health for years. And then I realized that spending hours at the gym in order to counter my food choices might not be healthy. But I really started to question my own definition of health when my eating habits included not eating, because not eating was better than eating junk food.

All of this was wrapped up in striving to be better. As if being healthy made me more spiritual, more righteous. It’s only been the past few years where I’ve really explored what health means to me, based on my own inner wisdom and connection with God rather than what the world would have me believe.

Stop waiting on weight! What does health REALLY mean for you and YOUR body? What would you experience if you were healthy, and what’s preventing you from experiencing those things now?

How much should I be eating?

Eating to live vs. living to eat. First of all, food is more than fuel — it’s an experience. It is completely acceptable to find joy in eating! You are NOT a bad person for eating more than you “should.” And second of all, you might not be eating as much as you think you are.

 

In order for your body to eat, sleep, and breathe a woman needs at least 1200 calories. Yup, that’s right. Simply existing and functioning at a bare minimum requires a minimum of 1200 calories as an adult female. Interestingly enough, this is the same amount necessary for a developing 4 year old… If you’re reading this, then I’m willing to bet you’re older than a child.


You might be saying, “I’m so confused! What about all those diets that promise amazing results if you slash your caloric intake to 1200 calories, or less???”

 

>>> Read more about caloric needs at Joyfully Inspired Life

What if I’m not hungry?

Overeating doesn’t necessarily mean you’re an emotional eater.

 

On the flip side, under eating isn’t something we typically think about when it comes to emotional eating but it is. Under eating is celebrated and promoted in our wellness culture, when in reality it’s a sign that we may be emotionally unwell.

 

Food apathy, or lack of hunger, is something every eater needs to be aware of. As moms, we might be hypersensitive about making sure our kids get an appropriate amount of food but do we give ourselves permission to pack our own diaper bag?

 

“But I’m not hungry! Nothing sounds good.”

 

That’s because you’re past hunger.

 

>>> Read more about hunger cues at Joyfully Inspired Life