I’ve wanted to write a blog post on the concept of intuitive eating for a while now! I have been struggling to find time to sit down and write out my thoughts so I am very excited to share this post with you guys – feels like a big accomplishment lol! If you have never heard of intuitive eating before this is your lucky day! I think the concept is truly life changing if you take time to incorporate it in your everyday life. If you have been on and off diets forever or have restricted yourself in the past, ever have felt guilty for eating something or have had a general struggle with your relationship with food and are just sick of it all listen up! Intuitive eating is a form of self-care. I love this concept because it honors both physical and mental health. In the simplest of terms, I think intuitive eating is about honoring your hunger.
I found a great definition on https://benourished.org – This website states: “An intuitive eater is defined as a person who “makes food choices without experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma, honors hunger, respects fullness and enjoys the pleasure of eating.”” Intuitive eating is about rejecting the diet mentality that has been engrained in our brains. This can be tricky because it is so common today to be bombarded with all the health information thrown at us daily. There is SO much advice out there and often times they contradict one another. It seems like everything is bad for us in some way according to some websites, magazines, blogs etc. (ha-ha)!
Personally, I have read so much information, tried so many diets, fasts, drinks, etc. Intuitive eating pretty much throws all of the bs and confusion out the window. I stated before intuitive eating is honoring your hunger. It is being in-tune with your body. If you are hungry – eat. It’s that simple. Intuitive eating is trying to debunk all of the things we have trained ourselves to feel about our complicated relationship with food. I don’t know about you but restriction and limitation always backfire on me. It leads to excessive hunger and often time over eating. Never feel like you need to deprive yourself again! The beautiful thing about our bodies is that they can regulate themselves. Give yourself permission to eat what your body is craving/telling you it needs. Once you tell your body you can’t have something the cravings escalate and begin to spiral, which can lead to the feeling of guilt (once you have eating the food you “couldn’t”).
When you eat what you want and eat it when you want it your body is more likely to feel satisfied and signal to you when it has had enough. Your body is smart. Maybe you haven’t wanted veggies for two days, but in three days all your craving is a big salad. It is all about being in-tune with yourself. The balance already exists! Nourish yourself to feel your best. Your relationship with food will regulate and you’ll feel more at ease. I started practicing this concept recently and have never felt better. I honestly have been eating what I want whether it be a veggie burger or a cookie and feel like I’m in the best relationship with food and best shape I have been in! It is definitely a work in progress to unlearn a lot of the what diet culture has taught us but I just wanted to let you know my thoughts! I encourage you to look into it more if it interests you!
“Keep your fork with you at all times, just in case cake happens.” XO