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When Can’t We Trust Our Bodies?

written by Head Health Nutter March 13, 2009

No one knows better than Mother Nature. Her ability to heal and maintain balance is bar none. So it makes perfect sense that holistic nutritionist (and Live Lighter reader), Neda, suggests it’s healthier to listen to our bodies to tell us when we are hungry rather than a clock. (See her comment for some healthy eating tips)

That got me thinking, though, when can’t we trust our bodies? Having been unbalanced for many years, then gradually achieving close to balance, and then slipping into imbalance again 7 months ago, I can say from experience that in an imbalanced state, our connection with Nature becomes fuzzy.

Addictions (to either substances, emotions or behaviour) are a sign of an imbalance. They provide us comfort on an emotional level, even when they become harmful from a logical perspective. They also exasperate the imbalance by further interfering with clear communication between our thinking minds and Nature.

For instance, many turn to food to handle emotional troubles.  Eating becomes a response to stress which can become a habit. At this point, all cravings feel like a general and growing discomfort. Thirst and hunger can be misinterpreted for the craving for our addictions (or emotional fulfillment).

The same goes for many smokers when they stop smoking; they tend to replace food for nicotine because the cravings feel the same and the hand/mouth actions are comforting. Many do not recognize that their actions are a conditioned response to stress. And even when we become aware of this insight, it’s still difficult to stop because of the disconnection with Nature (as we found out at the end of Wednesday’s post, The Science of Change).

So, please share your thoughts and experiences, Readers, when can’t we trust our bodies?

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3 comments

Neda March 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Very interesting article, Steph. My thought here is that it’s not that we can’t trust our bodies but how connected are we to our bodies when these moments arise?

You touched upon very important things in your article. “Addictions are a sign of imbalance.” Either it being alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or food, we turn to these to not FEEL what is happening at the moment in our lives. It is an escape. An escape from reality.

So, can we not trust our bodies? Or, have we just fled from our bodies? Disconnecting and not listening or feeling.

I deal with Compulsive and Emotional eaters in my business. What each and everyone of them have in common is that there are so many feelings that it becomes overwhelming. The food becomes a form of shoving the feelings down the throat. Instead of allowing themselves to feel the sadness, the anger, the frustrations, the emptiness, etc… they shove those feelings down with whatever they can find. It almost becomes uncontrollable and as disgusted as they feel after wards, there is a comfort they are receiving. A form of affection. A form of love and caring. I could write a whole article about it. But I think you did a great job with your article. I couldn’t of put it better myself.

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Stephanie Miller March 17, 2009 at 11:41 am

Thank you for your insightful comment, Neda. You’re talking about resisting the Now!

Eckhart Tolle (in his book, The Power of Now) talks about this connection to our bodies that you speak of and how negative emotions are simply reflections from ego-based thinking. (http://www.livelighter.org/learn-the-art-of-creating-peace/). It’s a fascinating subject that requires an open mind to accept (and then practice).

And yes, I totally agree that we “treat” ourselves when we’re low to stop those feelings and replace them with pleasure. We’re giving ourselves affection in the form of food.

If you ever decide to write an article on the subject, please send it to me – I’d love to read it!

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Weight Loss March 22, 2009 at 7:03 am

Nice article and debate. Thanks for the great info.

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