By Lucy Day, The Modern Medium.
Sick of dieting? Want to create a healthy lifestyle that lasts and actually works? You know you best. Simple. Challenge your attitude, make a simple change to your mindset & create lasting, positive changes to your food habits, health, weight and lifestyle… Intuitive Eating could be the magical solution you’ve been looking for.
I’m super sensitive, super intuitive and super against regimes, rituals, diets and plans, mainly because I LOVE variety and HATE being tied down, I’m changeable & I can’t abide anything boring, same-same or dull. I’ll even drive a different way to work just to feel less structured. I’ve always eaten intuitively and I love the freedom, individuality and ease of not having to listen to ANYONE ELSE or follow a single diet or fad.
Sure, I know what’s healthy, I’m fairly up to date on new super foods, recipes and ideas but I also refuse to completely eliminate anything processed/sugary/sweet, I just manage it/ balance it all out according to my body’s needs.
You know you best. Your body will tell you what it needs, you just need to learn how to listen. Without allowing that monkey mind to get in and take control.
I’ve broken down the mind-set shifts that I’ve taken to successfully maintain a healthy, happy friendship with food, to eat INTUITIVELY…
~ Reject the Diet Mentality ~
This is MASSIVE – you must do this to change how you view food.
Make the decision that you’re never going on a diet again.
This is a healthy lifestyle choice, not an elimination process, so no more diets.
~ Honour Your Hunger ~
With intuitive eating, when you’re hungry, you eat. When you’re not, you don’t.
You have to start to believe that your body knows best. Your body will tell you when it needs to refuel. This may be 6 times a day or once a day. We all over-fill our bodies, eat when we’re not hungry and become deaf to our true needs. If you really want what’s best for you, listen to your body and eat when you are hungry.
Next time you are hungry, stop for 60 seconds to examine your hunger – are you seeking savoury or sweet? Food or water? Hot or cold? Satisfy the actual desire, don’t just pacify with the closest quick-grab snack. Be sensible.
~ Make Peace With Food~
This may take you some time to really process but this is soooo important.
Food is your friend.
It’s fuel for your busy body and system. Food nourishes, brings vitality and health, gives you the energy you need to get around your daily life. Think of food as the most wonderful thing you get to treat your body with each day.
Crappy food = crappy energy.
Unhealthy food = unhealthy body.
Good food = happy body.
Consider the quality of what you eat. You deserve decent food, colourful food, tasty food, food which contains healthy vitamins and nutrients. Have a good think about what goes into your incredible system.
Your plate should look like a colourful story – it needs to look good, taste good, FEEL good. The more colourful the plate, the better the experience. The happier you will be!
~ Listen to your Gut ~
We all know by now that sugar isn’t good for us but good fats are acceptable. We know that processed food isn’t good for us but that natural, clean eating is.
Other than that, the rest is down to you and your body – you intuitively know what makes you feel good, what makes you feel awful, what to avoid, what to stock up on. You already know what you need.
Take that knowledge and run with it.
Get some recipes that fit with your ideal menu and avoid trying to fit into something that won’t inspire and motivate you. You know you best.
~ Respect Your Fullness ~
When you sense you’re becoming full, stop. You know how to tip yourself beyond comfortable, so avoid that bloated, stuffed feeling and honour your intuitive feelings – your body will tell you when it’s full so don’t feel an empty plate is your only confirmation that you’ve finished.
Listen to your body.
~ Discover the Satisfaction Factor ~
We eat with every one of our senses, so try to eat with your eyes and sense of smell too. Savour the mouthfuls, take your time. Enjoy the cooking process as much as you can , take your time. Consider every meal a treat, a gift, a feast, a wonderful opportunity to enjoy what goes into your mouth.
You don’t think you have time for all this? Make time. Pre-plan or pre-cook your dinners. Your body is worth far more than a quick stuff and run style dinner. Food is a gift. Enjoy it.