Are you looking for a way to connect with your body? If you’re tired of yo-yo dieting, have you considered intuitive eating? Let’s look at the many benefits of intuitive eating.
According to an article at jamiemendell.com, “3 Principles of Intuitive Eating”
“Principle 1: Reject the Diet Mentality
This one is huge. In order to let IE in, and use our body as our guide, we must let the idea that “there is a diet out there for us” go. Diets provide us with an amazing sense of control which can be empowering at first, but ultimately defeating when we get fed up with following some plan or we “fail”. And by the way, it’s not our fault that we fail at diets. We fail because most diets go against what our bodies want, and that inherently feels wrong.
I’ll be honest: you will probably get annoyed or fed up with IE at some point and resort back to a diet for a few days. IE takes longer, you must be patient. It’s about the journey, learning about yourself and what works for you and what doesn’t. There is no “plan” to follow. In the past 4 or 5 years, I have had moments of “this is way too hard, I just need a diet, a plan, someone else to tell me what to do”. And I’ve gone back to diets. But overtime, I learned that they just kept not working for me, and IE was always what I came back to. Now, diets aren’t even an option.
Principle 2: Honor Your Hunger
We should be eating when we’re hungry to keep our metabolisms going. Hunger is GOOD. I love being hungry, because then I eat! This principle is all about trying to level out the periods of restriction followed by overeating. Keeping yourself fueled throughout the day with foods you want and love is essential.
Principle 3: Make Peace with Food
This one is fun but scary. Making peace with food means giving yourself permission to eat what you want and crave. You know those lists you have of “good food” and “bad food”. Say goodbye! There is no such thing.
A common question I get about this one is… but if I eat whatever I want, then I’ll just eat junk all the time and I’ll blow up (or in the case of my Dad, he is convinced he would just eat hotdogs and cheeseburgers all day, every day). To that I say… yes, you may eat a lot of “junk” (higher fat, sugar, calorie) food at first, but over time you’ll learn that your body just wants to feel good, and feeling good will come from incorporating nutritious food into your diet too.
A friend told me a story recently about someone she knew who started following Intuitive Eating several years ago. She started eating 6 Dairy Queen Blizzards every single day, because that is what she had been depriving herself of for years. Eventually, she needed less and less ice cream, and her body finally said “Enough of this, I need real food”.
I went through this too, and I’ll be sharing some of my experiences with this during the 21 Day Challenge.” To read the entire article click here.
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