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Try Intuitive Eating!
Mindful eating. Intuitive eating. Are they the same thing? Are they different? Does it mean I get to eat whatever I want?
Today I'm going to be talking all about intuitive eating, what it means and simply how to get started.
Hi, I'm Elizabeth and I'm here to help women like you achieve a healthy and abundant life. Let's dig in. (Feel free to watch the video above, or read the script below!)
WHAT IS INTUITIVE EATING?
By definition, an intuitive eater is defined as a person who makes food choices without experiencing guilt or any ethical dilemma, honors their hunger, respects their fullness and enjoys the pleasure of eating.
Does this sound anything like you? Or do you find yourself feeling out of control with food, guilty after eating junk, or just general frustration when it comes to knowing what to eat, how to eat, how to stop eating, and everything that goes along with the task we do multiple times per day?
Yeah, we eat several times a day. It's probably easy to feel frustrated with food when every day you find yourself fighting the voices inside your head about what you "should" and "shouldn't" eat. Or, what a "good" versus a "bad" food is. I know you know what I'm talking about. The broccoli is "good" and the m&m's (my personal favorite) are "bad". Oh, and carbs, need I say more?
THROW OUT THE "GOOD" vs "BAD"
Intuitive eating gets rid of all those voices in your head. It allows you to eat a great balanced diet filled with the foods you love, both "good" and "bad" (but remember, we're throwing out those stigmas).
In fact, that's your very first step to becoming an intuitive eater. Get rid of the food police! Ok, I know, easier said than done. Here's how to take this step.
Spend a couple days paying attention to how you "label" foods. Do you label them as "good", "bad", "fattening", "off-limits", or "no way can I have those around, I'll eat ALL of them!" (Yeah, you know those m&m's I mentioned earlier? Guilty)
All you've got to do is pay attention. That's it. Write down the words that come up for you. The labels you place on food. You might be surprised what you tell yourself! It's possible you haven't even noticed how many "food police" are in your head!
In fact, do you want to know a little more about my story? Well, while I was in college studying (ironically) nutrition and wellness, the stories I told myself about food were pretty rough. I tried all different kinds of "diets", and not diets per se, but focusing on trying to make my diet "perfect" according to what I was learning in school was "good" or "bad" for you - because let's face it, that's what we're bombarded with every single day. We're told that fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and healthy fats are the "good" stuff for us, while the sugar, trans fats, saturated fats, refined carbs, and all the rest of the delicious foods are "bad" for us. And although it's true, the health foods ARE good for our bodies, it doesn't mean the other stuff doesn't play a role in our life. And it's all about learning balance.
That's what I learned when I went to grad school and studied the psychology of nutrition. Nutrition is more about, well, nutrition. It's about our relationship with food. It's about understanding what foods make us feel good, what we like and don't like to eat, and how we enjoy ourselves too! It's all about finding the balance that works for you.
Once I threw out those own food labels I created for myself, my relationship with food completely changed. I can honestly say I eat the fruits, vegetables, and even the sugar and I don't feel guilty about any of it. And you know what? The clients I've worked with over the years? They've been able to make those own discoveries for themselves. Because why should you obsess over every bite of food you put in your mouth? It's exhausting, frustrating, and ultimately just makes you miserable.
So, if you're looking to take that first step toward healing your own relationship with food, will you try this experiment?
For 3 days, pay attention to and write down all of the food "labels" you come up with.
Write it down on a paper, look it over, and then I want you to do one thing.
Crumple it up and throw it out. Yeah, I said it. Physically throw that paper away and throw all of that trash talk about food in the literal trash.
Because guess what? Food is neutral. It's not "good" or "bad". And... eating a "good" or "bad" food does not make you a "good" or a "bad" person.
Once you throw it out, every time that thought creeps back in, remind yourself that food is neutral. That is your first step to healing your relationship with food.
And if you struggle with the emotions surrounding your relationship with food, take my free email course. It's all about learning to manage and control emotional eating.