Shirly Oh is the co-founder of Satya Yoga where she teaches yoga full time and more recently as a Holistic Health Coach who works with women to overcome emotional eating, addictions and cravings. She believes every woman deserves to live a fulfilling and purposeful life they love! Her motto – life is too short to not do something you love or take risk.

These days almost every car owner has a GPS (Global Positioning System) or a mobile phone with GPS function. Input your final destination and you will be directed to the location effortlessly.

What if I tell you there is a GPS for your health? It is free and always available for you to tap into? No seriously, I am not joking. This GPS is called self-awareness. You can tap into it anytime and anywhere. Think about it. How many times have you eaten till you are too full? Or you felt guilty after eating too much of something? Perhaps you have eaten something that your body doesn’t agree with? It may have left you with a bloated stomach, an uneasy feeling in the belly or brain fog?

Our brain takes about 20 minutes to feel the fullness (and effects) from the food we have eaten. Hence it is vital we do not overload our stomach and our digestive system as it eventually affects how we feel and how our body reacts. Here are three simple tips to help you (re)connect with your inner GPS:

Breathe

When we breathe deeply and fully our body relaxes and we are more aware of our choices. Conscious breathing will also help to enhance our digestion and curb our appetite.

Tip: Try slowing down your breath during and after eating. It not only helps with your digestion but you will also feel more full afterwards.

Stay Present

Have you ever eaten a whole meal so fast you didn’t even notice what the food tasted like? Have you texted or replied to emails while eating? Or watched your favourite drama on television or listened to music and ate your food at the same time? Most of us would have done one or all of these whilst eating. When we are multi-tasking we lose the connection with our body and the amount of food we consume.

Tip: Focus on eating your meal without distractions. Start paying attention to how your body feels after your meal. When we choose to stay in the present moment, we learn what food makes us feel better and what does not.

Don’t Skip Meals

When we skip meals frequently we are stressing our body to go into a ‘hoarding’ mode. Our body thinks that we are being deprived of food and begins to slow down metabolism. More fat is stored when the next meal is consumed to guard us from being starved.

Tip: Eat at regular intervals. Whether you are practicing three full meals or five small meals, find one eating routine that best suits your schedule. It is vital to keep our metabolic rate working at a constant pace.

Continue to try and explore new ways that will deepen the connection with your health and your inner wellbeing (GPS). When we start to pay attention to what our body is telling us we can make adjustments and take necessary action whenever the need arises.