Eat Less, Play More

From January 2010:

Whatever your favorite mode of play may be, I propose you make time for “playing” as often as possible. When we’re playing more, we don’t feel the need to eat as much. Remember when you were a child and you were outside playing with your friends? The thought of food wasn’t top of mind in those moments – your parents would call you in for dinner and you may have said “Can I just play a little bit longer?” Now as adults we are so busy with so many things and struggle with the balance of work and play. I love this commentary, courtesy of Institute of Integrative Nutrition…it makes all the sense in the world. I use this concept with my clients, no matter what their issues…it’s universal in our overall health.

Remember when you were a child, and you got so wrapped up in playing, imagining or creating that you didn’t want to stop when it was time to eat? Do you remember leaving your meal half-finished to run off and continue playing? Children innately understand that food is secondary to what is most nutritious and primary in life: fun and play.

As adults, we seem to have lost our instinct to prioritize play. In our busy world, with its emphasis on work and responsibility, to be healthy and balanced we must work on more than just our bodies; we must feed our hearts, minds and spirits.

Have you noticed that when your body, mind and spirit are engaged in a creative project or happy relationship, your reliance on food seems to decrease? Likewise, when you are unsatisfied with your relationships, your job or other areas of your life, you may depend on food to cheer, soothe or numb you. When your life is out of balance, no amount of food can feed you where you truly need nourishment. At Nourish Ur Life, we believe that the food we eat is very important for health and balance, but what really feeds us doesn’t come on a plate.

What is fun for you? What makes you light up and get excited? Make sure to make time for it this week. You’ll be amazed at how much your stress and anxiety will be reduced and you’ll be filled with more pleasure in your day.

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