Feel like you’re too busy to take bathroom breaks? This common habit sabotages our intuition around hunger and fullness signals too. Discover how improving interoception helps make intuitive eating easier.
- Hard to tune into your body’s cues? Overriding your pee signals makes it worse
- Both habits disconnect us from our body’s needs
- Interoception helps interpret our body’s internal cues
- Improving this skill improves intuitive eating
- Read for some simple ways to tune into your body’s signals better
"Too Busy" to Pee?
We’re all guilty of ignoring bladder pressure and other discomfort when life gets hectic. Just like pushing through hunger when we don’t have time to eat.
But habitually overriding these signals from within trains us to disconnect from our body’s needs – including intuition around food and eating.
Thankfully, a skill called interoception can be improved to help us reconnect to our bodies.
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Interoception: Your Body’s Subtle Cues Are the Foundation of Intuitive Eating
Interoception is our ability to recognize and respond to sensations inside our bodies. Some examples include noticing our hunger or fullness, body temperature, fatigue, bladder’s cues and more. It’s how we interpret and meet these needs from our internal environment.
When our interoception skills are low, we lose touch with what our body wants. This means we shift to relying on external rules (like time-based eating, only going to the bathroom when our schedule allows, etc). This can lead to burnout, stress, and a bunch of other health problems.
However, small actions like honoring the desire for bathroom breaks improves our awareness of internal cues.
And as we get better at responding to one signal (like needing to use the bathroom) we tune in better in all areas. This means that we also get better at figuring out what, when, and how much to eat.
Ready to Get Back in Touch with Your Body’s Wisdom?
Our bodies are constantly sending us these signals, which means we have plenty of opportunity to improve the important skill of interoception.
This gives us a chance to give our bodies what they require, which reduces decision fatigue around self-care.
Simple Steps to Tune Into Your Body's Signals
Do a quick check in with your body to scan for discomfort throughout your day – stiffness, bladder pressure, hunger pangs?
Pause when you first notice any unpleasant or demanding sensations
Ask what your body needs – to stretch, eat a snack, use the bathroom? Meet that need
Reflect – how do you feel before/after addressing these prompts from your body?
By learning to honor our body’s signals, we can take better care of ourselves and live our lives to the fullest.
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