Do you wish you had more energy throughout your day? Getting the right amount of fuel through meals and snacks is the key. Just like Goldilocks knew, there’s a happy middle between too little and too much, and the same applies to food and eating.
Unlike many short-term diets, eating for energy means you’re not depriving yourself of food, which helps prevent overeating in the long run. Achieving a balanced diet will also help you feel a sense of inner harmony, which nourishes your body and mind.
The first step towards eating for energy, is tuning in to your body’s fullness and hunger cues. Most people feel at their best when they’re not overly full, nor hungry. To help you reach and maintain this happy place, it’s helpful to begin eating when you’re feeling hungry, but not ravenous.
During a busy day, it can be easy to overlook the signs of hunger until they’ve turned into overwhelming urges that lead to unhealthy eating. If you notice yourself falling into this pattern, it would be particularly helpful to tune in to signs of hunger throughout the day. Take a minute to ask yourself: “Am I physically hungry now? And how do I know that?” If you notice body sensations that signal hunger, you can start to honour your body’s needs by nourishing yourself with a snack or a meal.
On the other hand, eating too much can lead you to feel fatigued and lethargic immediately afterwards. It’s common to overeat “just a little” on a daily basis. This can look like finishing your plate even though you felt full 3/4 of the way through, or having a chocolate bar out of habit. A part of mindful eating is paying attention to signals of fullness, and checking in with yourself as you’re eating “How full do I feel now? And how do I know that?” Asking yourself these questions a couple of times throughout the meal can give you an opportunity to evaluate whether you need to keep on eating, or if you already feel satisfied with what you’ve ate.
Food plays a big role in how energized, productive, and balanced you feel throughout your day. Your body’s hunger and fullness cues tell you when it needs food, and when it has had enough. When you do a good job of paying attention and acting on these cues, you’re nourishing yourself from the inside out, and that goes a long way towards a healthy, happy way of living.