Although intuitive eating changed my life and was the primary force in healing my relationship with food, it’s terrifying initially. That terror is completely normal. Since we’ve been conditioned by society to depend on outside sources & nutritional “gurus” for information, relying only on ourselves has never been an option.
The basic premise is intuitive eating relies on internal cues, as opposed to EXTERNAL cues. So instead of relying on something outside of yourself (meal plans with specific foods, lists, someone who told you you should eat a certain way), you can cue INTO yourself to see what you are hungry for (so the actual food) and if you are actually hungry or full (checking into our fullness/hunger levels).
As we develop the skill to tune into ourselves, we become our OWN greatest tools. Because we take ourselves everywhere we go. So we can travel, go to someone else’s home, out to a nice restaurant, and feel in control and committed to feeding ourselves in a way that works for us. No rigid food lists, no crazy meal prep, no eating out of tupperwares all the time. Life happens all the time. As we become our biggest advocates and our own gurus, we create the type of sustainability (and happiness!) we so desire with our food choices.
I wholeheartedly believe a sustainable diet philosophy involves no food restrictions or “rules” set by others. Instead, we can adopt a mind & body centered eating approach. Everyone should still be able to enjoy food and not feel “restricted” or like you are on a “diet”. Long term and successful weight loss stems from changing our perspectives and our overall relationship with food and eating.
Intuitive eating is the cornerstone of the long-haul, one that leads to a lifetime of success with your relationship with food and a natural weight for your body. This involves paying vigilant attention to the body’s signals for hunger and fullness. Our bodies are equipped to tell us when we should start eating and when we should stop, but only if we listen.
Are you currently eating when you are truly hungry and stopping when you are full? Additionally, are you eating foods that make you feel good during and after you eat them? Perhaps you should look at switching to a plant-based diet and focus your dietary efforts on real food to obtain essential nutrients rather than processed foods. Such foods are likely the cause of not losing weight.
When we get in touch with the sensations of hunger and fullness, with full reliance on oneself, a strong sense of confidence and trust around food emerges. That sensation overflows into other areas of our lives, propelling us to make eating and our relationship with food pleasurable, fun, and easy.
Intuitive eating begins with the decision to try. Initially, it will not be easy. But that’s ok. You might think you’ll eat everything in the world, and I address that here. But with every bite, meal, day, and year, I promise it will get easier. Of course, you may find that there are additional ways to make you more body confident such as getting Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery in NYC and that’s ok too. I want you to be confident in your skin and I’m showing you one of the ways that you can do that, by understanding what, when and why we eat the foods we choose. In a way, our relationship with food is a portrayal of what we feel about ourselves and our lives, including what we believe we love, lack, or need.
Before you eat anything, stop and ask yourself if you are truly hungry.
When you do eat, sit down, and enjoy it to the fullest
Stop eating when you feel that you have had enough
Make sure to not deprive yourself of the foods you love
Make sure to eat what you actually want
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