Listening to Your Body
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what does your body feel like right now?
Go ahead. Take an inventory. From the toes to the head, what’s going
on in there at the present moment? How’s your back? How’s your stomach?
Your head? How about muscles? Your energy level and mood? Is your
thinking clear this morning? Good and bad, what signals are you
getting? Beyond the here and now, what’s your body been trying to
tell you lately? Any changes since beginning the Challenge? Most
important of all perhaps – are you accustomed to listening to what
your body has to say?
about our culture, it seems, discourages us from doing just that.
From the commercials insisting we don’t need to put up with that
headache to the glorification of binge drinking, taking a body’s
hint isn’t exactly at the top of most people’s list of talents or
priorities. Why live with that pesky fever when you can simply beat
it back with 1000 milligrams of extra strength head-in-the-sand?
Indigestion from eating that second Big Mac today? Try some Pepcid
it. People bring a kind of pride to pushing through the pain (and
I’m not just talking about childbirth or weightlifting here). People
go into work sick as dogs (my personal favorite). They knowingly
ignore with the clear physiological effects of chronic
stress. They eat a diet for much or all of their lifetime that
leaves them sluggish and overweight. It’s only when serious illness
hits that we sit up and take notice. (Ironically, sometimes serious
illness teaches us how to listen to our bodies, to discover how
symptoms – however subtle – can be a crucial barometer for larger
issues.) The body has – and shares – its own brand of wisdom.
We’d do well to heed its cues before it smacks us over the
head with a club.
of course, we surrender the power that comes from reading and knowing
our bodies. We unthinkingly relinquish it to doctors and other practitioners,
either because we genuinely believe that theirs is the only substantive
opinion or because we don’t really want to take responsibility for
our health. Owning your well-being is an unofficial but essential
Primal principle. Appreciating your ability to listen to your body’s
signals follows from it.
post, I wrote about the
potential (and fun) of self-experimentation. You’re your very
own guinea pig. (Oh, the possibilities…) Ultimately, however,
the crux of self-experimentation is self-assessment – physical assessment
to be exact. A glucose monitor can be a handy tool. A heart rate
monitor is a good gadget to have. A notebook and pen (or Word document)
might be an even better set of instruments, however. (It all depends
upon an open and perceptive mind of course.) I’ll venture to say
that your body will tell you in its own way what the machine displays.
By all means, take advantage of technology, but use it to help hone
your own perception.
What does a certain heart rate feel like? What sensations creep
up when your glucose hits a certain number?
does a headache mean? A backache? What precipitates foggy thinking
or acid reflux? What confers a sense of lightness after
lunch or a good
night’s sleep? What choices seem to contribute to or prevent
that infamous midafternoon
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September 19, 2011
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