Distressed or Dissatisfied - What Is the Difference?

  • Distressed or Dissatisfied - What Is the Difference?

    BY Catherine Sissons | ON Monday, 11 December 2017
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    Too often we can get caught up in the busyness of our lives and disconnect and forget that what we eat is nourishing our body for facing the challenges that life presents to us. So why do you think eating (and life) has become so damn complicated?

    One word: PERFECTION!!!

    Striving for perfection is like trying to catch a wave that is 20 metres in front of us -- we are never going to get there when we are chasing a moving target.  The result is we never arrive at the destination and even sometimes when we do we are still not happy about the outcome hoping for more wishing for less.

    The New Zealand music duo Brood's sum it up really well in the lyrics of their song 'FREE'.

    Following a diet or predetermined eating programme that is not tailored to nourishing your lifestyle is only going to keep you in the spiral of dissatisfaction. It is no surprise we create our own reality when we are trying to push towards something that is so difficult to sustain that we set ourselves up for failure before we even commence! The lyrics are as follows:  

    Gritting your teeth, you hold onto me
    It's never enough, I'm never complete
    Tell me to prove, expect me to lose
    I push it away, I'm trying to move
    Hoping for more, and wishing for less
    When I didn't care was when I did best

    Have you ever noticed that it is when you give up and go with the flow that you actually find that what you were stressing about solves itself? By stressing towards being something you aren't or don't have right now will only create more stress for your body to endure.

    Now lets look at how this connects to the science and wellness of your body. When you get stressed even at a sub conscious level (that can be created by thought) you trigger the fight or flight response in your body. This is a safety mechanism that helps you get into to fight a situation or flee it. It takes an incredible amount of your residual energy to implement this process.  It also has an impact on lowering your immune system long term. Most importantly the process consumes the energy your brain, kidneys and red blood cells want to sustain your energy levels throughout the day.

    The primary food group that is required for these three areas of your body to function optimally are carbohydrate and when it is not available your body returns back into stress mode to break down proteins and fats for this energy. In the short term this can be helpful such as following a ketogenic diet but long term it can lead to exhaustion, hunger and cravings and is simply unsustainable.  

    What you do need is to understand what you require in your meals to be able to satisfy your mind (taste), your body (nutrient requirements) and blood sugars (to sustain your energy).  It is not as simple as following a diet or a programme to achieve an outcome you need to learn what works for you permanently.

    The programme or diet will assist you towards your desired energy results (whether it is more energy, wellness or weight loss) however it wont last permanently - you already know this.  The lowest common denominator is your beliefs around food and eating and these are the patterns that will always win in the end.

    It is these patterns that you need to become aware about and understand what they are and that they are part of your many years of living. You don't necessarily need to change them because you will always return back to them anyway however you can acknowledge these patterns and learn how to nourish around them. Over time what happens is your body transitions to feeling better by balancing your meals with the food groups your body needs so that when you slip back to your old patterns your body will crave the healthy balanced way of eating. This is so much easier than convincing your mind that you 'HAVE' to eat the healthy food for an outcome or a result. This is the only way you will learn how to eat guilt free permanently.

    The following is a check list you can use when you are hungry or feeling like you lack willpower.  You just never really know -- you might actually be distressed, thirsty or dissatisfied. So without creating an awareness around your habits you will never be able to nourish them.

    Satisfaction versus distressed checklist

    1)      Did you just have a disagreement or stressful situation within one hour of the hunger?

    2)      What was your water content like within your last two meals?

    3)      Have you eaten within the last four hours?

    4)      Did you sleep well last night?

    5)      Did your last meal include all the NOVA food groups of the science of satisfaction?

    6)      What has your fluid intake been like today?

    Find out what elements of stress could be affecting your nourishment and learn what foods will help you nourish your busy lifestyle.
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