I do not eat broccoli anymore. Something about it just does not agree with my body. I would prepare it with chicken or some other protein source for my meal preps and had to stop. Just about every time after I ate it, I would get an uncomfortable, ‘I feel like I’m going to throw up’ feeling.
Broccoli may be delicious to you and maybe you absolutely love it. Great for you, continue eating it. We are all different and react differently to what we eat.
How did I know that it was the broccoli that was causing that feeling?
Process of elimination. I would prepare the same meal without broccoli and see what my body’s response was. Easy as that.
I became aware of what my body was telling me and I changed it.
I think we can all do a better job on listening in to what our body tries to tell us.
Here is what you can do to become aware. Thirty to sixty minutes after you eat a meal, ask yourself, ‘How do I feel’? Do you feel bloated, full to the brim, tired, or sick? Do you feel like you have a ton of energy? Do you feel starved?
When you start answering these questions, you can start to narrow down the foods that either give you a good or bad response.
Think about what you ate that could have been the culprit to a negative feeling, avoid it next time, and see if there is a different bodily response.
Same goes for the positive feeling. If, after a meal, you feel tons of energy, stick to more meals just like that one.
Feel full to the brim? Eat slower or eat a little less next time (until you are about 80% full).
Feel starved? Sometimes when you think you need to eat smaller portions you go too small. Eat a little more OR eat more food that makes you feel satisfied. Adding in more protein, vegetables, berries, or healthy fats (like avocado or nuts) can help.
Become AWARE. Our body gives us clues, you just have to listen in.
Let me know how it goes for you. Have a great rest of your week!
Be Confident. Be Strong.