07 Feb 4 Useful Tips for Intuitive Eating
Intuitive eating is a lifestyle based on listening to and trusting your bodies’ natural cues in regards to eating. This lifestyle is free from rules, restrictions, control, good/bad foods, calorie counting, and shame or guilt around food. You eat based on your personal hunger and satisfaction cues/signals, as well as, eating in a way that honours your cravings and supports your body nutritionally. The purpose for eating intuitively is to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
Here are 4 tips for intuitive eating:
1. Meditate daily
Connect with your inner voice, your stillness, your thoughts, whatever comes up (or doesn’t) be present and embrace it for how it is and then let it go. With each present moment there is an opportunity to look within. If you notice you have cyclical thoughts about food during meditation notice what they are and go deeper into what is behind this pattern by asking yourself questions. For example, if you feel like you want to binge and your mind is racing I want to eat. I want to eat. I want … Ask yourself what it is that you truly want. Is it actually food? Or is it something else? Meditating will build a foundation for being mindful of your food choices before, during, and after mealtimes.
As I mentioned above intuitive eating is a lifestyle. Within life there are many natural cycles, it is not linear. Therefore your intuitive eating journey will change over time and day to day. Each person’s journey will look different from another based on what satisfies their hunger. Some days you may overeat, while other days you may undereat but this does not mean anything about you, it’s part of the practice. Learn from these experiences instead of holding onto them and judging yourself for it. Let go of your version of what intuitive eating should look like and embrace what it does look like.
3. Get honest with yourself
Be real with what it is you truly like and dislike and what nourishes your body and what doesn’t. Be honest if you are eating with the intention of nutrients and/or pleasure the next time you’re hungry. Both are okay, just check in that you feel good after—the key is getting honest about what feels good within the body.
4. Honour your intuition
Honouring your intuition is about actually following through with what your intuition is telling you. Rather than eating what you want (but it doesn’t work with your body) or eating what you think you “should” eat ask yourself:
If every food is equal to me and all of them are available what would I choose?
What will make me feel full and satisfied?
What will make me feel nourished?
How do I want to feel after this meal?
Then follow through with what comes up. This process will develop trust within yourself and it will empower you!
If you want to learn more about intuitive eating you can book an intuitive wellness coaching session or work through my step-by-step workbook Break Up With Your Diet: A 21-Day Workbook & Journal for Intuitive Eating.
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