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The Body Tune

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>> Hello, I want to start today with buckwheat pancakes. I once had a client who pretty much ate the same thing for breakfast every single morning, chia pudding with almonds or eggs with vegetables. She noticed that she often ate more carbohydrates in the evening, so she decided to experiment with frontloading her carb intake by eating buckwheat pancakes for breakfast. In short, she wanted to shake things up and see how her body responded. After three or four days of doing this, she had her answer. Her body said, "Um, not so much." She felt bloated, crampy, and everything felt off in a not so great way including her digestion, energy, and mood. Now there could have been many reasons for this, right? Perhaps her gut needed some repairing to enable her to digest the buckwheat better. Perhaps she had a food sensitivity or perhaps she tried to do too much too soon and might have fared better by having buckwheat pancakes just once a week to start. Whatever the reason, her body didn't like the change. Because this client was tuned into her body and because she honored what it tried to tell her, she opted for another route instead of holding on to the idea of what theoretically seemed to be right. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, you constantly listen to your clients. In fact, this is probably the most important thing you do to support them. A powerful presence requires less than you might think, some high-mileage questions, some tidbits of information, and active listening. Simply listening opens the door to greater awareness and understanding. So much of health coaching is about helping clients tune into themselves. Helping them listen in and develop self-trust is a key piece of coaching emotional eating. Emotional eating is about using food to disconnect from emotions. In turn, it can disconnect clients from their bodies, intuition, values, personal power, and primary food. You also want to practice what you preach and tune into yourself in terms of your mindsets and behaviors. As we've discussed, metaphors and analogies can be helpful coaching tools. So today, we're using the body tune as a metaphor for self-connection. The body tune is basically our word for the body's bio-individual rhythms, cycles, and preferences, both biological and psychological. It includes how the body attempts to maintain homeostasis, how the body reacts to stress, both physical and emotional, and things like food intolerances, hunger signals and triggers, metabolism, digestion, and even sleep rhythms. It also includes intuition. Everyone has a different body tune based on personal eating stories, eating habits, and food relationships. To make it even simpler, the body tune represents self-connection by listening into what your body and your intuition are trying to say and then honoring that. Tell me, do you know your body tune? Throughout this course, we've explored emotions and how emotions can trigger eating habits common to emotional eating such as overeating or restricting or eating comfort foods that make us feel good in the moment. Emotions are triggered by stimulus which motivates a coping response like emotional eating. Emotional healing requires going through emotions rather than trying to escape them. By now, you probably have a pretty good grasp on how food can serve a purpose as a coping mechanism for emotions that we don't want to feel, while this can be helpful, like when food calms anxiety, it can also create unhelpful habit loops and cycles that keep us stuck because we never get to the heart of the matter. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, part of your role is helping clients get to the heart of their issues, their bottom lines or emotional roots by drawing connections, discovering alternate ways of thinking, and clarifying action steps toward their personal goals. This begins by listening in and learning to trust themselves. In other words, it begins by connecting with the bio-individual body tune. Now this means letting go of the body-brain pull. Again, it's about letting go and holding on. In this case, you're letting go of your body-brain pull and holding on to your body tuned instead. The body-brain pull is basically what it sounds like. The body and the brain, the brain in your head that is, oppose each other in a continual tug of war fashion. The body generally knows what to do, but the brain and its logic which comes from the outside world get in the way. Remember, the gut is often considered the second brain, and it's constantly in close communication with the brain in your head. It's also the one that we tend to ignore. In the example I shared earlier, my client's body for whatever reason rejected those buckwheat pancakes. Luckily, she made the connection quickly. However, many people continue the tug of war for, well, decades. Though our bodies give us all kinds of signals, we continue our eating habits or work habits or relationship habits, and we continue to fight against ourselves by trying to control our bodies and our emotions with the brains in our heads. Can you see how the body-brain pull inhibits self-trust? Grab your journal and make two columns. One for body-brain pull, and one for self trust. Pause the video and spend a few minutes jotting down how you can relate to this in your own life. Is there something specific that comes to mind? See what you can come up with. I'll be here when you're ready to continue. What did you come up with? Self-trust requires self-connection. We listened into what our bodies want and need, we connect with our emotions, and then we choose to honor the messages we receive rather than fighting against them by, for example, numbing with food or alcohol. The body-brain pull is yet one more way that we can self-sabotage that many people aren't even aware of. However, it's also yet one more example of the power we have to heal ourselves. Why? Because learning how to listen to unique body signals with curiosity, learning how to hold onto the body tune helps us let go of self-judgment that keeps us stuck. It motivates not only self-awareness but also self-nourishment and self-empowerment. Let's untangle this idea with three basic benefits of the body tune. Number one, the body tune reminds you that your body is wise. This is the self-awareness piece. Our minds focus on things like calories, our emotions want to be soothed with food, and emotional hunger isn't about physical nourishment at all. On the other hand, our bodies are hungry for nutrition. They're also very self-healing. As we say here, at IIN, the body will heal itself by itself given have the chance. Granted, there are always many factors at play, but tuning in is the first step. The body is wise. In fact, the brain and your gut has its own set of reflexes and senses. It uses the same number of neurotransmitters as the brain in your head, and 95% of the serotonin in your body is found in your gut. These are just a few examples of the gut's wisdom. While it doesn't use reason or logic, it's not only responsible for digestion, it's also a powerful influencer of emotions. In short, your body has a mind of its own. And, as Joshua puts it, your body does not want to be shushed. Remember, judging the body objectively makes it difficult to listen to its wisdom. And eating emotionally disconnects you from your body's need. Connecting to the body tune increases your awareness of your body's inherent wisdom and helps you let go of the body-brain pull. Number two, the body tune reminds you that food is information. This is the self-nourishment piece. In exploring cravings, we covered a wide variety of physical and psychological factors. Do you ever crave veggies if you haven't had them in a while? Do you ever think that your sugar cravings are a sign that you need more sweetness in your life? Whether you tend to think more intuitively or more analytically, you've probably experienced the dialogue between your body and not only what but also how you eat. Food is information, and it can actually change your genes and how your body functions. Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of how nutrition and genes interact. For example, though there's still a lot of research to be done, nutrition might affect gene expression by turning on or off inflammatory and anti-inflammatory genes that influence disease risk. Think about it. What kind of information do you think overeating highly-processed foods in a stressed state sends to your body? We recommended a resource in your Skill Building Activities in case you want to take a deep dive into nutrigenomics. Connecting to the body tune helps you eat in ways that nourish you physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. And last but certainly not least, number three, the body tune reminds you that you are the number one expert. This is the self empowerment piece. No one knows how to live your life better than you, and no one knows your body tune better than you. Experts and health professionals can offer a wealth of information, and perspectives, and clarification, but only you have the full inside scoop on what's going on in your body, your mind, and with your emotions. Recognizing this helps you escape the matrix mentality that we've been discussing in this course. That requires self-trust, which is an empowering mindset muscle that can take a long time to build. Tuning into your body tune means trusting not only your body but also your intuition which, as you'll probably figure out with time, are perhaps more connected than you realized. Trust forms the foundation of where you want to go and who you want to be. By reminding you that you're good enough as you are and that you have the tools you need, it leads away from self-shoulding, and in turn connects us with both the physical gut and the gut instinct. Can you see how trust is also another form of self-nourishment? Connecting with your body tune opens the door to a self-nourishing relationship with yourself and with food, and then empowers you to eat in ways that work for the bio-individual you. Grab your journal one more time. Think about the buckwheat pancake story and how you might use these three points to guide clients to a similar experience. Then think about two questions. What might be helpful? What might you not do because it falls outside your scope of practice? Pause the video and write down a few ideas now. Share your thoughts in the Facebook group, and stay tuned for some specific ways that you can help clients connect with their body tunes. Okay, let's briefly recap. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, one way you can support clients with emotional eating is by helping themselves connect with their bio-individual body tunes. This encourages self-awareness by reminding them that the body is wise, self-nourishment by reminding them that food is information, and self empowerment by reminding them that they are the number one experts on themselves. This week, we included two exercises in your Learning Center. The first one, Connecting to Your Hunger Rhythm focuses on self-awareness and self-connection. Increasing awareness and connection helps you move toward trusting your voice. This week, try applying some of this material to yourself so that you understand how you might use both exercises together with clients. I'll see you again soon.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on Mar 14, 2019

The Body Tune

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