There’s a bit of a blizzard on the east coast this weekend, in case you haven’t heard. That means bundling up with lots of books, coffee, and comfort food, as going outside is basically useless. So, I thought I would type up a post on intuitive eating because eating is everyone’s fave way to spend a snow day.
Intuitive eating means truly listening to your body’s cues for hunger and fullness. You should eat when you feel hungry, and put down the fork when you feel satisfied. Sounds easy enough right? Well, it is, but the main challenge lies in eating mindfully. Mindful eating requires you to eat without distraction. To enjoy the flavors, textures, and experience of your meal. To not have Netflix on in the background, or be scrolling through your Instagram feed, or eat while working at your desk. To eat slowly so your body can process the rate at which your stomach fills. To understand the difference between hunger and thirst cues, because dehydration can make you think you’re hungry when you really need a glass of water.
The other key to intuitive eating is moderation. You cannot live on only kale and brown rice. If you want ice cream, have a little. Eat your main course to satisfy your hunger and take in your nutrients, but don’t make anything off limits. There are no “bad” foods, but there are bad eating habits. Depriving yourself of everything rich is a set up for failure, because when you cave, you’ll feel guilty and can begin to view food as a punishment or a reward. Food is neither. Food is essential to your survival. It is also essential to your well being. Food is to be enjoyed, not eaten as quickly as possible to get back to the other more “important” tasks of your day.
Listen to your body. Treat yourself in moderation. Enjoy your meals. Enjoy your life.