Or take a 💩 according to your clock?
I would assume (and hope) not!
Yet, we do this with another one of our basic physical needs all the time—eating.
Forcing down food according to meals plans and tracking apps.
Forcing our bodies to endure extreme hunger until it’s “time” to eat again.
Forcing our bodies to go to attempt to sleep while hungry, simply because our allotment for the day is up and it’s “past 8pm”.
We’ve managed to fuck up one of the most basic instincts we have as human beings!
It’s really not your fault though, as the vast majority of us were programmed to micromanage our food intake, appetites, and pleasure from a young age.
We watched older women complain about their bodies and restrict as a result.
We observed as others hopped from diet to diet, proclaiming foods as good and bad, right and wrong.
We were bombarded by magazines and latest celebrity diets as they dictated how often we should eat (is it six meals per day or should I intermittent fast?)
Oftentimes, we believe the path to freedom and healing from food obsession & disordered eating is to apply even more rules.
In most cases, it’s not. Far from it!
The answer is to get back to basics.
To focus on recognizing those old thought patterns as they come and go while consciously choosing to rely on your body’s instincts instead (meditation for the win).
To get back in touch with your own body’s hunger & fullness cues.
To eat foods that make your body & mind feel alive, while also adding in foods that make your soul happy.
To ensure you’re taking care of your mental & emotional well-being just as much as your physical.
When we break it down, it’s much more simple than we make it out to be.
We simply need to get out of our body’s way❤️