One of the things I hear most from my clients is that they are afraid to eat more because doing so will cause them to gain weight. In most cases, this could not be further from the truth. Imagine driving down the interstate and your gas light comes on and you notice that there is not a gas station for many miles. Do you notice the panic set in? Does your heart beat a little faster? It may even seem as if your gas empties faster? This is a horrible feeling! There is nothing like running out of gas on the side of a deserted road in the middle of the night. Yet, many of us do this to our bodies all the time! Yes, we do the exact same thing to our bodies when it comes to fueling our tanks with the right nutrients to get us through the day. Nutrients (aka calories) are the fuel that our bodies need to properly function during the day. This is not to perform extraordinary tasks like the Olympians, the athletes in the final four, or the golfers about to tee off at the Masters. Our bodies need a great deal of nutrients to do extraordinary feats like breathing and thinking. Think back to the analogy of running out of gas. Our minds do the same thing when we do not have enough fuel in our tanks (bodies). When we do not properly fuel ourselves throughout the day, our body is primed to search out the closest refueling station in the fastest way possible. Skipping meals is associated with overeating later in the day and disordered eating. The best way to break this cycle is by simply getting on a regular eating pattern. If you do not recognize your hunger and fullness cues, don’t fret. You can relearn them through a process of intuitive eating. For now, practice eating something every three hours. For help getting onto a meal plan or learning more about intuitive eating, contact me at https://nutritionandtherapy.com

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