The key is for us to actually listen to our bodies. Easier said than done in the culture of distraction that we live in.
The eating disorder will capitalize on this. The eating disorder wants you to be disconnected from your body, because if you were to listen to the wisdom of your body then the eating disorder wouldn’t get its way.
That’s because the eating disorder thrives on you disconnecting from (or disregarding) the signals your body sends – for hunger, for satiety (different than fullness), for rest, for movement, for the foods your body really wants you to eat.
The thing is, these signals don’t lie. If your body is telling you you’re hungry, then it needs food. If you’re tired you need rest. Your body isn’t trying to trick you.
However, we do sometimes misunderstand our body signals. This can lead us to think we are full or nauseous when we’re actually anxious. Or perhaps you think you’re hungry when you’re actually thirsty. It’s easy to get our wires crossed, especially if we have spent lots of time out of tune with our bodies.
We get more in tune with practice. Getting in the habit of checking in with ourselves and asking what the body is saying. Before long you’re fluent in YOUR body’s language.