Boost Your Metabolism Joyfully
I used to think I was cursed with slow metabolism. I envied those who could eat pastries daily and never gain a pound. (I looove pastries.) I spent years denying my cravings, feeling guilty when I “cheated”, and obsessing about how to lose weight.
Little did I know, it was those very behaviors and thoughts kept my metabolism out of whack. Hormones like Cortisol levels were heightened by the stress I was inflicting on myself, both physically and psychologically.
What my body wanted was simple: kindness.
It wanted me to nourish it with foods that it craved. It want me to listen to its hunger cues. It wanted rest.
Now my metabolism rocks. I can eat pastries whenever I want, I’m active (but not a crazy person), and I give myself time for deep relaxation every single day. In other words, I listen to my body and give it what it needs. As a result, my body works efficiently. It trusts me.
So, how do you listen to your body? If you're like me, you've spent years undermining its needs, so this may not come naturally. Here are some steps you can take:
1. Get grounded in your body.
Although your mind may be focused on the past or future, your body is always in the present moment. Feel the sensations in the bottoms of you feet. Wiggle them. Then scan upward throughout your entire body from your ankles to your calves and thighs, etc. Allow yourself to move as you wish. Feel the joy of that movement. Feel the joy of embodying your body.
Try the mantra: "I am safe." On the inhale, silently say to yourself, "I am." On the exhale, silently say, "safe." "I am safe. I am safe." Do this for several minutes until you start to feel safe, to feel relief. Then ask yourself, what sensations do you notice in the body? Is it hungry? Is it full? Does it feel comfortable? Uncomfortable? There are no wrong answers here. This is simply about listening and becoming aware.
Listening to your body may not make sense right away, but I assure that with consistent practice, it will. A daily meditation or yoga practice is exceptionally helpful. For personal guidance, you're welcome to reach out to me directly. I'll gladly lead you through easy exercises that work for you. <3