What is intuitive eating?
Intuitive eating means breaking free from the on-and-off cycle of dieting and learning to eat mindfully and without guilt. There’s no calorie counting or restrictions on certain foods. This is liberating from the compulsive dieting culture. Here are 3 ways of becoming a more mindful (intuitive) about the food you consume and stay healthy.
- Forget the idea of ‘dieting”
Don’t get caught up in the cycle of dieting. Restricting yourself on certain foods to lose weight only to gain it back, will increase the emotions of guilt and failure therefore eventually discouraging you to continue on your wellness journey, until your the next fad diet. Then the cycle continues and this is ultimately detrimental to your health.
- Food is your friend.
When you’re on a diet, you’re usually restricted from eating certain foods. This tends to make the food even more tempting. Finally, you get to eat, you binge and feel guilty, which creates a vicious cycle. With intuitive eating, you give yourself permission to eat. And that may sound like permission for gluttony however a wonderful thing happens. You stop, think and ask yourself “do I really need another serving?” Will I feel good after having one more doughnut? Often times will find that you really don’t want that forbidden food, you were just caught up because someone said you can’t have it. Don’t abuse food, make friends with food. It actually likes you and wants you to be healthy.
- Listen to your body
Another reason dieting doesn’t work is that it can leave you feeling deprived and physically hungry. And this can trigger binging and overeating. So instead of counting calories or watching portions, simply pay attention to your body’s hunger cues. That means eating a sufficient amount of calories and carbohydrates. Once you learn to recognize your own body signals, it becomes easier to trust your instincts and repair an unhealthy relationship with food.
The increasing societal pressure to look a certain way will never stop. There’s a new diet fad every day and keeping up with those can be detrimental to your health. So honour yourself and listen to your body.