…is my word today. Body Balance, Life Balance, Food Balance. One of the BCs asked me:
“What the heck do you MEAN by tummy/gut balance?”
ALERT answer may be TMI, so feel free to scroll past.
Basically, when I overeat, or am more inactive than usual, yesterday’s meal sits below the belly button in my “gut”, while my “tummy”, the above the belly button portion of my digestive track feels empty. It is HARD to feel hungry when the gut is full, but I’ve learned it’s best to eat a little in the AM anyway to balance out the feeling and get the gut back to its business.
When I have a good balance between the two, I’m not conscious of this great divide. When the gut has just enough to work with, I’m not conscious of it. That is also when I am most in tune with my natural hunger/fullness cues. Identifying this feeling is helping me determine the portions of the day. Also, which foods add to or make tummy and/or gut distress. Sometimes it’s the food in any amount for me (like shrimp), sometimes it’s the amount of a food (like whole wheat pasta). 1/2 cup is fine a whole cup disagrees with me.
My Body Balance number today is again 8. 8 is great! Good sleep, tummy/gut playing nice today. Breakfast I was hungry to 4 and ate to 6 and was very satisfied. I had an egg today. That tends to keep me fuller longer. On bike days I have fruit/nuts/yogurt as that gives me massive long lasting energy for my ride, but burns off too quickly for a sedentary day like I’m having due to my injuries.
1-10, 10 is full of energy, feeling great 1 is OMG I’m tired, cranky, stuffed and/or empty and weak, overall crappy as I can feel in this bag o bones
For those who have asked and WANT to see, here are the links to my beautiful world of bruises.
- Poor left knee – took the brunt of the fall
- Nothing racy, but the next bruise REALLY isn’t pretty. So skip if squeamish. This injury is the biggie that is determining my pain level and my ability to move around.
- Poor right chest was slammed at full speed against the handlebar when the bike came to a sudden stop in the dirt to the side of the path. This pain is what knocked me breathless and caused me to fall vs. place my foot down.
Life Balance and Bravery
I’m going to a local meeting today to discuss if the person’s organization might like to book me for a talk or a series based on this podcast and blog. I’m still a bit nervous and trying to figure out how MY story might be translated into a helpful evening. Any thoughts on THAT would be welcome. 🙂