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October 28, 2020

Monthly Bites #5 - Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating is a term that has recently become more popular, but what does it really mean? Intuitive eating has a lot to do with getting away from the “diet” mentality and instead, eating to nourish our bodies rather than our feelings! In many instances, food is used as a punishment or reward, rather than as a necessity for our bodies. We need food to survive!! So why is it so hard for us to use food as it is meant to be used?We all love to buy cakes to celebrate a birthday or new job, but then turn around and restrict the same food or not working out or doing poor on an exam. This type of reward/punishment system is neither good for us physically OR mentally!Becoming an intuitive eater is the first step to becoming healthier all around! Our relationship with food has a direct correctional with our health: The more you use food as a reward/punishment, the less you are going to pay attention to what you’re putting in your body on a regular basis. How you eat from day to day, is a huge determinant of your overall health.Intuitive eating is listening to your body and giving it what it needs! If your stomach is growling an hour after eating breakfast, eat an apple! Chances are you didn’t eat enough for breakfast and your body just needs a little more. If you’re at a party and see your favorite cookie, have one and move on. Don’t eat based on how you’re feeling or how hard you worked out that day, eat based on what your body is telling you it needs!Intuitive Eating TipsHonor your hunger: if you’re hungry, eat but pay attention to see if you’re truly hungry or if you are just eating because you are bored!Patience with fullness: If you find yourself hungry right after finishing a meal, wait 15 minutes. It takes about 15 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full!Awareness: Pay attention to how certain foods make you feel. Eat more of the foods that make you feel good and energized and cut down on the ones that don’t!Acknowledge your emotions: It is important to not keep all your emotions bottled up. When you want to celebrate a new job, buy yourself a new work outfit! If you had a stressful day at work, go for a walk to relax! Finding things, besides food, to do when you’re happy/sad/excited are extremely important!Remove the term “diet” from your vocabulary: Feeling hungry all the time or restricting whole food groups from your normal routine is not a healthy way to live. Diets are short term, we want life-long nourishment!Marissa

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