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You talking to me?

When you nourish yourself, it’s important to listen to the wisdom of your body, rather than the emotional response of your mind. In the Mindful Health Club this month, Ali Roff helps us develop the habit of intuitive eating through mindfulness to stop the mixed messages that lead us down an unhealthy path

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Often, when we make decisions about nutrition, we react to our thoughts – the cravings of our mind. We make choices that serve our internal chatter, but aren’t right for our body – mindlessly eating junk or sugary ‘comfort’ food that we think will make us happy, or adopting restrictive diets. When we practise intuitive eating, we take it that step further, using mindfulness to anchor ourselves in the present, and we need to be here to listen to our body’s wisdom.

An internal whisper

In that moment, we can check in with our body to hear its vital messages: I’m hungry, I’m full, I’m bloated, I’m thirsty, I’m intolerant to X, I need Z for improved physical health. These conversations – a lesser-known sense called interoception – are integral to our wellbeing.

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