YOU CAN TRUST YOUR BODY (WITH PIZZA) – by Frankie & Craig
YOU CAN TRUST YOUR BODY (WITH PIZZA)
-by Frankie & Craig
You can trust your body…with food. How do you feel when you read that? What do you think when you read that?
You may doubt that. I know I used to. And it often takes new citizens of The Movement a long time before they can truly be body led. Here are some things that may get you there faster.
In a recent interview, my interviewer, Joe Vitale, was questioning eating according to what his body wanted. He thought he would eat pizza all the time.
We wanted to take the time to address it now in a much more thorough fashion than I did then. We think this issue is far too important for a superficial answer. So we’re going to question many of the premises behind “can you trust your body (with pizza)?” And hopefully you’ll feel better about your next meal than you did your last.
The first premise to question is:
SHOULD YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
Being adaptable means we need the ability to both lose and gain weight no matter what weight one is. Being unable to put on fat mass reflects being unhealthy, not healthy. To maintain this function, at times we may need to overeat.
So getting fat is sometimes a good thing. If all you could do was lose weight, eventually you would die. That’s the most unhealthy thing of all.
The second premise to question is:
DOES PIZZA MAKE YOU FAT?
I’m sure at times pizza has made you fat. But are you so sure that every time you’ve eaten pizza, you’ve put on fat mass? The body is dynamic and its response to food is, as well.
The third premise to question is:
WILL YOU REALLY WANT PIZZA ALL THE TIME?
You very well may. But you may not want the same amount of pizza. Or the same amount of crust, or bread, or cheese or other toppings. Or you may only want one or two of the ingredients. The only way to know is to test it.
Which leads us to the most important part of this piece: testing. How can we test our food? It’s a matter of questions.
Question 1: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO EAT?
Simple enough, right? Yes,until you’re hungry, but you don’t know what you want to eat. Then it helps to think more specifically. Do you want one, two, or all of the macronutrients: fats, carbs, and proteins? From there, you can further specify. We’ll take carbs as an example. Do I want grains (i.e. wheat, corn rice), potatoes, beans/lentils or do I need something more predigested like breads, cakes, or candies? When I think of these which do I want the most?
Question 2: WHAT COMBINATION DO YOU WANT?
Let’s say we’ve landed on pizza? What kind? Do you want thick or thin? Heavy or light sauce? heavy or light cheese? Meat, vegetables, or both? Which kinds of those specifically?
Question 3: HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT?
Do you need one slice, two, or the whole pizza?
The only way to know the answer to these questions is to ask them over and over again. In the case of how much pizza do you want, it requires you to check back in on yourself, on the response your body is having with each bite. Do I want more now? Bite. Do I want more now? Repeat.
(this process can get even more refined as MOVEMENT co-founder Craig Keaton outlines in MY BODY, MY DIET.)
What constitutes a good diet differs, sometimes greatly, from person to person. No one healthy diet is the same because no one is the same. That includes you.
You’re not the same. You change. You’re changing, to some degree. And your diet should change with you.
The what, when, how much, and how often of your diet not only change, but you change, too. And these dietary elements have to change with you. Which leaves us with one last premise to question:
COULD PIZZA BE GOOD FOR YOU?
Our hypothesis is: yes, at least sometimes pizza is good (for most of us). But you don’t have to be satisfied with just a hypothesis. Run the test.
We cannot know if pizza is good or bad for you. But your body does. And you can know in only one way: by how your body responds. There is almost nothing inherently good or bad. What makes it so is how you respond to it.
If you feel good after eating pizza, great! You acted in accordance with your body. If you didn’t feel so great, you’re missing what your body is telling you. And your body is always telling you something.
So tune in to your bodily messages. Let it lead you. It’s been our experience your body can lead you far better than anything or anyone else can. Towards better!
Craig is a co-Founder of The Movement and author of THE MOVEMENT’s BioChemistry. When he’s not raising and educating his two children with his wife, he coaches clients in the Dallas Fort Worth Area. For more with Craig, go to: http://beingcraig.wordpress.com
Frankie is a co-Founder of The Movement and author of THE MOVEMENT’S BioMechanics 1, 2, 3, & BioPsychology courses. When he is not spending time with his family, he educates people online in Health / Fitness and Martial Arts. For additional info go to: www.movementmartialarts.com