Do you know anyone who suffers from OCD? (not self diagnosed bc they like things clean, I’m talking about *for real* legit OCD)? Ever wonder why they have mood swings, get irritated so quickly, have a hard time making new plans that interfere with their accustomed routine, or have a difficult time communicating how they feel? Wonder why they fidget or blink a lot?
If you are a human, then you’ve had a goal. It doesn’t matter what that goal was or is, you’ve had one. Everyday we have goals and don’t even realize it because when we think of “goals” we think about losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money, increasing max deadlift, etc. But what about all the other little goals we make every hour of the day? The ones that we overlook because they’re just a part of us, engrained in us. The ones such as getting to work on time, getting a good grade, waking up early enough to walk the dog, create a meal plan and grocery list, go to church on Sunday, call your mom, don’t murder the kids, be able to spell an “ie” word correctly (f—!!!). You know… the thoughts you have every minute of the day.
Vulnerability. It’s an uncomfortable thing to embrace. It’s like the feeling you get watching The Office and the boss, Michael, makes another awkward comment that is horrifically mistimed and it creates a silence in the room filled with mixed facial expressions of shock and entertainment. His character is the epitome of highlighting one’s vulnerabilities every minute of each day.
Stress is my favorite topic to teach others about because its something that impacts everyone in such various ways that not all understood or appreciated. Experience in studying stress has taught me that we cannot always avoid it, but we can manage it. Stress relief doesn’t mean you are avoiding or eliminating it, but without the proper tools to manage it, it becomes our #1 predator. In other words, we are our own worst enemy. Stress is good at progressing the aging process, which comes with illness, injury and disease. The reason I love teaching others about stress is because the positive impact is so much greater on health and fitness once an appreciation and understanding has been identified and management has been implemented. You can eat clean and train mean all the live long day, but if you’re not managing your stress, it could all be for naught.
What is Mindful eating? It is the practice of connecting to the experience of eating, not just repeating the motions of bite & chew, bite & chew without consideration of the actual experience. Mindful eating is a practice I work with clients to accomplish and master so that intuitive eating is achieved. Intuitive eating is the ability to identify nutrition and satiation through the messaging of our own bodies’ reactions. Believe it or not, there can come a day where you look at a plate of cookies and do not desire it, and in fact, the thought may even turn you off completely.