Listen To Your Body, It Knows What’s Good For You

So… I’m sick! 😦

I find that funny seeing how I just said how I don’t ever get sick. Karma is like that I guess. Autumn caught something from school and brought it home to me. Makes me feel better about how difficult my run was on Monday though. When I was running, I was all tight and sore and couldn’t get into it physically at all. Now I understand why, my body is run down trying to fight off this sickness.

I could totally see this coming though, I have been going and going and going and I knew that I should have slowed down. When I would go out for walks some mornings, the wheel on the stroller would keep on falling off and I would just keep on popping it back in and continue walking. I should have seen the signs, but no, I was just so intent on doing everything and never resting these past few weeks. Now I am being forced to.

Even today, do you think I rested? No. I woke up all groggy from my lack of sleep yesterday and thought, “better go out for my walk, to perk myself up.” I lasted 40 minutes and that was grueling, my body really is screaming rest to me. Then I decided to do a 50 minute power yoga, which did make me feel better mentally, but physically, I was making things worse. Then I was off into the kitchen to clean and cook and then to pick up Autumn from school. Now I am burning up and my nose is dripping like a tap.

So today I write this blog with one message for you all, listen to your body, it knows what’s good for you.

I always find that when I listen to my body, life seems to work. Our bodies know when to go and when to rest. When we eat, we can trust our bodies hunger and fullness cues and we can be sure that we get enough food. If you think about it, that’s what kids do. Eat when they are hungry, stop when they are full, sleep when they are tired, but somehow when we grow up, we decide that we know better than our bodies do. I think as we grow up, we really only lose touch with our bodies natural wisdom and instead are controlled by the clock.

When I was overweight, I was unhealthy because I was eating the wrong foods too much and too often. Then I went on the other side of the spectrum and deprived by body of what it needed and forced exercise upon myself. Finally, I found the happy medium and also found a great love and  respect for my body. Our bodies really are so forgiving. We stress ourselves out, eat too much, eat the wrong foods, sleep to little and really our bodies are only doing what they can with what we give them.

So, today I failed to rest all day (again) and my poor body is exhausted. I also had real plans for getting in a run, but if I am to listen to my body on this one, I know I should take the evening easy. Running can wait until my body gives me the go ahead. Nothing seems to work out when I force it, besides it wouldn’t be enjoyable.

I also got to thinking, now that I am sick how much health is taken for granted. Oh what I wouldn’t give to be out on that country road, with the sun shining and my feet hitting the ground, surrounded by the absolute beauty of this fall scenery! But, there is a time for everything and life can’t always be perfect or the way we would like it to be. If I never got sick, how could I appreciate good health?

Today I made Mac and Cheese. Except it wasn’t really mac and cheese because we only had Rotini, but here is the recipe!

Veggies Love Mac and ‘Cheese’

  • 1 box whole wheat macaroni (or other shaped pasta)
  • 1/3 c. Earth Balance (or other non-dairy margarine)
  • 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon red miso
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (or ketchup)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 c. unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 1/2 c. nutritional yeast
  • 1 c. broccoli florets
  • 2 c. frozen peas or mixed frozen veggies


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the pasta. Cook according to directions on box.
  2. While the pasta is boiling chop up your broccoli, get your frozen veggies ready and prepare the ‘cheese’ sauce.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the miso, tahini, tomato paste (or ketchup) and lemon juice. Mix until well combined.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, heat the margarine in a saucepan on medium-high heat.
  5. Once the margarine has melted, whisk in the flour then add the milk.
  6. Continue whisking and add the miso, tahini, tomato paste and lemon juice mixture.
  7. Finally add the nutritional yeast until well combined.
  8. Add your veggies in with the pasta during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  9. Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl and pour the ‘cheese’ sauce over top.

I load this whole wheat vegan version of mac and cheese with lots of veggies and the kids eat it right up, Craig and I do too. It is also great for Autumn’s school lunches. Peas are also loaded with protein and so is this whole dish.

Easy Pea-sy!

Although I did not get out this evening for a walk or a run, we did take a little drive to drop Autumn off at her piano lessons today and I got to see the sunset, so I snapped a couple of pictures.

Everyday is so beautiful! I never want to miss a sunset.

Tonight I am going to attempt to get to bed earlier and listen to my body better tomorrow. Hopefully I will feel better soon! Live and learn right?

Have a good night! 🙂