Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating is life changing. No joke. Most people have a strained relationship with food. They have dieted, restricted, and binged so many times that their body can’t tell what it wants vs what it needs. Intuitive eating allows you to stop dieting and get back in tune with what your body actually NEEDS.

It’s a crazy concept that so many people want but so few have committed to because of a fear that they might…wait for it…get fat. 

But if I don’t count these calories I will gain 10 pounds!

But if I enjoy the dessert I’ll go crazy and eat the whole package!

But if I don’t feel guilty about what I eat, I won’t keep myself in check!

Oh the lies. 

Our bodies know what they need to survive. We have damaged them over the years with poor food choices and restricting/binging habits. It takes time to relearn what it means to eat just enough and stop when you’re full (yes, even when there is just 2 more bites of that amazing cake left). But when you get there, you’ll wonder why you ever let your 13 year old self stray away.  You can differentiate between what your body needs and what your mind wants. This is powerful information that most people aren’t aware of at any given moment.

Intuitive eating has a few rules. 

  • No calories counting
  • No portion restriction (know what a portion is but you can have as many as you need)
  • No distractions while you eat
  • Eat slowly
  • Seconds are allowed if you’re still full 

We are naturally intuitive eaters are children. Think of the kid that eats a huge lunch and then doesn’t eat dinner for a week. They still grow. They might drink 3 cups of milk for dinner one week and then not touch it for 2 more weeks. Their bodies know what they need at any given time. As long as they are offered nutritious foods, they will make the right choices with how much or how little they need. 

So how do you start? First, get a little notebook. Plan to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Make a loose meal plan for a week.. Before, during and after each meal, ask yourself the following questions: 

  • How hungry am I on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being famished and 10 being full
  • What other factors might be influencing me to eat right now?

In your notebook, jot down these numbers. It could be as simple as this:

Monday 7/22

                           Pre                    During                     Post

Breakfast:
Snack:
Lunch:
Snack:
Dinner:

Notes
Breakfast:
Snack:
Lunch:
Snack:
Dinner:

At the end of the day, reflect on how you did. What worked and what didn’t? Which foods were harder for you to keep yourself in check with? Use this information to plan out future meals and how to approach eating. 
Want more information? Check out this PDF I created about intuitive eating (http://bit.ly/30Q0P23). Also,  just found a great post on intuitive eating over at The Middle Edit. You can read all about it here (https://themiddleedit.com/the-difference-between-intuitive-eating-dieting/).

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