The stomach is a very interesting part of our bodies. I’m not talking about the outward appearance, the Abs-To-Muffin-Top Spectrum. I’m talking about the food receptacle, the place that can feel packed, sloshy, or empty and make you hangry. I don’t know about your stomach, but my stomach has very intense personalities. Yes, multiple.
My stomach talks to me.
I mean REALLY talks to me. It’s not like I’m a crazy
cat tummy lady. Other people hear it, too!
Sometimes I talk back. Maybe I am a crazy tummy lady.
I’m fairly certain my stomach is like the TARDIS that The Doctor travels in – bigger on the inside. When I eat, food travels down into my belly and drops into a giant box about the size of a small bear. My stomach may look small on the outside, but it’s bear-sized inside!
And the bear growls.
Also, I have different names for different states of
the bear my stomach.
When I’m running high mileage, I refer to it as the “Garbage Disposal.”
That’s not really fair, though, as I don’t throw junk into the bear. Not anymore. But I used too and that’s when the name stuck. No sense in changing it now.
When I over hydrate, I call it “Sloshy Belly.”
You know how mouth wash feels when it’s sloshing around? When I drink too much liquid, I can feel it rolling and sloshing around in the bear. I hate sloshy belly. It throws me off balance.
When it is overly talkative, I refer to it as “The Swamp Monster.”
I could put my stomach to work as a Foley artist for B-rated movies that include any kind of slimy ooze that gurgles and glops. For now, it’s noises are merely my bedtime lullabies.
Week of Nourish:
- Day 1: Go Meatless. Boo!
- Day 2: Pack a lunch inspired by a movenourishbelieve.com recipe. Kale salad!
- Day 3: Journal your food today and share your WIAW with us! Easy.
- Day 4: Smoothie Day! – Make a healthy smoothie today! Fun!
- Day 5: Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com and go raw! Raw?!
I didn’t enjoy going meatless, but the rest of the week was pretty much a breeze. Check out my very excellent raw dessert for Day 5 (which was Valentine’s Day by the way).
However, I realized that for all my good knowledge and talk about eating well, I’m not that great at it. This shouldn’t be a surprise, but it kind of was.
My big problem is that I forget to eat sometimes.
Okay, that’s a lie.
I don’t forget, my stomach reminds me, but it’s like…I’m busy, okay?
Even though the bear lets me know it’s feeding time, I get distracted.
I have a long history of ignoring hunger because I’m focused on a project (like writing this blog post) and unwilling to stop for a break. Sometimes I put off going to the bathroom for the same reason, which is a whole different story….
I get “in the zone” and tell myself that I’ll just do one more thing and then, then I’ll eat! Promise! Problem is, my stomach gets tired of being ignored. Eventually it switches tactics and gives me the silent treatment.
Happy peace and quiet? Hardly. Calm before the storm.
If I continue working furiously at whatever dumb project I’ve zoned in to, my stomach quietly plans a dramatic last resort. Some time passes and then my stomach tells the rest of my body to dump all energy, my brain to stop focusing and my mood to turn ugly and dark.
In short, my stomach turns me into a voracious bitchy idiot.
Medical people may tell you that this is not exactly how our bodies work.
Based off my observations and experience, this is exactly how my body works.