I ate the cereal at 11pm last night and now I embrace the ‘consequences’.
As a life and health coach, I KNOW better than to eat late at night and close to bed. Yet I did it anyway.
One of the things I’m certain about is that our body craves energy and it also craves sleep. The problem (a.k.a. opportunity) is understanding and knowing which it is craving and at what time.
You are at home. It’s 10pm and you ate dinner between 6-7pm. It’s getting late but before you go to bed you just want to finish the show that you are watching. Your body recognizes that you are staying up so it is sending signals to you. You interpret the signals as being hungry and you (without even realizing it) get up and head into the kitchen. You rummage through the cupboards, maybe open the freezer for ice cream, or grab chips out of the pantry. Before you know it, you’ve finished a bowl of ice cream or an entire bag of chips. Are you satisfied?
The answer in this scenario is generally no. You aren’t satisfied because food isn’t what your body actually wanted or needed. In those moments you need to slow down and ask yourself a question.
AM I TIRED?
Our bodies crave energy and they also crave sleep. If our body recognizes that you are making the choice to stay up, it is going to send you signals – the real question is how are you interpreting them? Most often, most people interpret them as being hungry. If it’s late at night and you’ve had dinner, I would strongly suggest the signals are your body begging you to go to bed.
Back to the cereal I ate… that is exactly what happened to me. I was watching the finale of SYTYCD and it was late – really late – way past my bedtime. However, I KNEW that if I went to bed and didn’t watch the finale the next morning while checking facebook and/or twitter that I would find out unexpectedly who won. I rationalized and although I knew I was tired and it’d be best to head to bed, I ate the cereal.
I had a little bit of Kashi Go Lean cereal with a little rice milk. Is it a terrible late night snack? No, not really. A bag of chips or a bowl of ice cream would have been much worse. But that isn’t the point. The point is that I knew better, I knew what my body REALLY wanted and I ignored it.
I will let it go and move forward because that serves me, AND I will forgive myself.
Is there a moment of awareness that you can embrace? Is there a moment when you ate something knowing your body wanted something entirely different? I’d love to hear about it!