Intuitive eating may not be for everyone but it’s the first step in building a healthy relationship with food.
When it comes to losing weight there are so many diets out there for you to pick from, but I think that many of us are now focusing on trying to build a healthy relationship with food, and it’s time to get back to basics and eat clean and nourish our bodies.
Building a healthy relationship with food will give you the ability to see food in a different light. It helps you release the guilt and heal internally and love yourself.
So what is Intuitive eating?
Intuitive eating is a style of eating, not a diet or restrictive. With intuitive eating, you learn to trust your body to let you know when it’s hungry. You have to focus on letting your body guide you, you eat when you are hungry, and stop when you are full. Sounds simple right, but it takes time to adjust. Many times we eat because we have food in front of us and not because we are hungry.
The hardest part about learning how to eat intuitively is eating what you truly want and when you want it. What I mean by that is that you want to eat food you enjoy, not eat to feed your emotions. You are not overindulging but simply feeding your body.
Intuitive eating is NOT free for all eating!
When using intuitive eating for weight loss and building a healthy relationship with food, you want to be aware of what you are putting in your body and how much. For example: if you pick up dinner at a drive-thru every night, how would your feel – tired, sluggish, and gain some weight right. You want to nourish your body and sprinkle goodies here and there. The food you are eating should make you feel good and energized.
Here are a few simple tips to start using Intuitive eating as your weight loss method.
1. Start by building your meals with protein, carbs, plenty of vegetables, and healthy fat. Train your body to eat only when you are hungry, and incorporate snacks during your day if you need them.
2. Take it slow. It takes time to get your body used to this new style of eating. Our bodies are so used to eating when we are not hungry because we use food for many other reasons. Pay attention to what your body is signaling you. Let your mind connect with your body and your body with your mind.
3. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Growing up you may have heard many times make sure you eat everything that is on your plate. When eating intuitively, you want to eat until you are full or until satisfied. Not because you have a plate full, means you should eat everything just because it’s there.
When we allow our bodies to tell us what we want, when to eat, how much to eat, and whenever we want it, we will be surprised that our body will not overindulge. When you stop depriving your body of what it wants, your body stops wanting it.
If you are trying to create a healthy relationship with food and still lose weight, this would be a great way to do so. When building a healthy relationship with food, you want to let go of dieting, let go of the fear of food, and become mindful.
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