Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be wrapping up the two part series on finding you boundaries and learning how to not over or under eat. Now be sure to read part one if you haven’t already at the link here:

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Okay, so last time we were talking about what to do when you’re not really hungry, but what do you do if you actually are hungry? Well, you have to be careful there too, especially if you have skipped some meals during the day, or should have had a snack but you can’t even remember when it was since you last ate.

So you are looking for those physical cues again: stomach growling, low energy, the hangry monster coming out.  So if you choose to eat, then obviously you want to make sure that you have some nutritious options in there. You do not want to be reaching for candy or crackers. You also want to make sure that you have the time to eat slowly and really savor that food.

So a lot of times, especially when people get hungry, you may just end up eating everything in sight. So really take the time to savor that food and eat slowly. And what that’s going to do is give you time to check in with your body throughout that time.

So eating slowly can be just as easy as eating a bite, putting your fork down, and taking that time to check in and see if you’re still hungry. Do you still need more food or are you satisfied? From that point if you’re still hungry then continue to eat mindfully. Really focus on what your body is asking for and needing, rather than just filling it with filler.

A lot of the foods that we eat are actually really low in nutrition and are more filler than anything. So if when you come home from work and already have a plate of vegetables cut up, that’s a great thing to pull out. Snack on something with nutritious value instead of filler. But the same thing goes with the healthy foods too; don’t let it be mindless snacking.

The other thing is that a lot of people will skip a breakfast and then go to work and have a bunch of snacks. So you want to be sure that if you’re doing going to be snacking that you have your snacks prepackaged into a certain sized container so that you know that you’re only getting one serving.

Honestly, the brain will continue to allow you to eat as long as there is something there, especially if you are in that emotional state. So during that time when you have a full container of your junk food, you are more likely to be eating all of them if they are not prepackaged. If you know that’s a problem with you and you know the times of the day when you go for that snack, go ahead and pre-portion those snacks and know that one package is all you can have during that time.

This really isn’t about an exact science, like I said. This is more of a game. This is about testing your limits and your boundaries of the level of your hunger. You want to learn to be able to listen to your body cues and signals. A lot of the time when we grow, we learn to completely ignore those signs.

So with like with some, you may never feel hungry when you actually are. A good case in point is a good friend of mine that as she starts to eat more regularly and nutritiously, her body has started to crave those good foods so at those times she starts to get hungry again. Before she could take spurts of time where she gets off track and doesn’t always get int every meal that she’s supposed to. So she is always amazed when she is one track. I love getting those phone calls from her when she says, “I’m back on track! I’m hungry, it’s lunch time and I cannot go without eating that meal!” And that makes me so happy. It’s awesome when you can start to listen to your body. Your body is really the sole determinant of whether or not you are going to eat.

So, throughout this hunger game the thing to remember is that with whatever happens take notice of it, and make a mental note. With that information you can apply that into your owner’s manual for your body. That will help you to be able to live the healthiest life possible. Each body is different, so you need to be able to create your own owner’s manual to know how your body runs best and what things you need to be doing to help it.

So that ends the two part series on finding you boundaries and learning how to not over or under eat. This was a really fun series to do for y’all. One of the things that I always try to emphasize is the importance of nutrition. Like i always say, you can’t outwork a bad diet. Health is from the inside out, so starting with eating properly is essential.

So if you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.