If you haven’t heard of intuitive eating, it is quite easy to deduce. It is a way of empowering yourself when it comes to your eating choices.
Learning how to connect with your own needs and feelings when it comes down to food, can be incredibly beneficial to your health and wellness.
Principles of Intuitive Eating
Intuitive eating is deeply rooted in self-care and self-respect and is an interplay of emotion, thought and listening to your feelings.
1. Reject the diet mindset
Forget about losing weight quickly, easily and permanently. Reject the diet culture that focuses only on weight loss and makes you feel like a failure every time the diet stopped working.
2. Pay attention if you are hungry
Your body needs energy, and if you feel hungry, you have to eat. Learn to honor your biological sign sets the stage to build trust in yourself and food.
3. Make peace with food
Permit yourself to eat, if you tell yourself that you cannot eat something, it can lead to feelings of scarcity and deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings.
4. There are no good and bad foods
If you tell yourself that you are being good for eating very few calories and bad if you eat a sandwich, it will trigger guilt and negative feelings.
5. If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad
Trying to comply with the diet culture, you might overlook one of the gifts of life: pleasure and satisfaction in eating.
6. Honor your fullness
Trust that you give the foods that you desire and listen to your body when it tells you you are not hungry anymore. Pause when you are eating and assess if you really need to continue eating.
7. Be kind to yourself
Food restriction can trigger loss of control and it actually leads to emotional eating. Find ways to comfort yourself and resolve your problems –food won’t fix anxiety, loneliness and boredom.
8. Respect, respect, respect
Respect your body –we are not one size fits all. Learn to feel good about your size and avoid being overly critical of your body shape.
9. Don't force yourself to exercise
Get active and see how it feels when you move your body, instead of the calories you will burn. Feel the energy dancing gives you, the wellness you experience after a long walk.
10. Be gentle
Make tasty food choices, make you feel good and that honor the health of your body. Be gentle with yourself, focus on the progress not perfection.
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