by Carole Hodges

Your body is an essential tool for success. Cold weather, winter foods and get-togethers have an impact on your body. Are you willing to learn more about your body this week? This might be the first step toward reaching some magnificent goals in 2015!

What if you could really ENJOY food while learning some new ways of eating? Your weight and fitness level have a major impact on your enjoyment of life. Are you willing to devote yourself to enjoying life MORE by shifting some habits? Would you be willing to enjoy your food MORE while make this shift now?

Pay attention to the sensations of your body. Be willing to take time to notice the details. Is there a difference between the feeling of real hunger, a desire to fill your stomach, a desire to experience a taste, a desire to warm your body, thirst or habit?

Not sure? Here are some easy tips to learn about you.

Begin by drinking water. If you are cold, make it hot water and add a slice of lemon or orange. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so this can keep you from stuffing unnecessarily.

Put on a sweater and keep warm before reaching for food.

At home keep vegetables that are bulky yet easy to heat. Steamed broccoli, carrots, zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes are only a few choices which can fill you.

Before a party, have a light nutritional meal so you do not arrive starving.

Feel free to sample a little of whatever pleases you. Honor yourself by passing up whatever foods do NOT delight you. Chew every bite 12 or more times to really enjoy the flavor and texture. Be willing to eat slowly and simply STOP when you feel satisfied.

If you are drinking at a party – put all the food you intend to eat on the plate at the same time. Drinking can numb your sensations. Continual nibbling while drinking can result in eating much more than you are aware.

Can you allow yourself to enjoy food in this process? What does it feel like to notice your body? Can you add movement to your daily routine? How could a walk around the block impact your eating?

What practice made the biggest impact? Did you feel better while keeping warm? Or drinking more water? Or chewing your food and eating more slowly? How can you explore new experiences of your body and appreciate yourself now?

Do you see the connection between your body and your success?

Live Your Light!

From Sarah: Carole is totally delightful, and a fabulous coach. 

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