Part 3: Nutrition, not restriction. Learning how to eat intuitively.

Welcome back to Part 3 of this 5 part series on Intuitive eating. If you missed the first 2 posts you can find them here:

  • Part 1

  • Part 2

Alright, let's get into this week's post...

Make Peace with Food

Forbidden foods are tempting foods. The chances are that when you’re restricting certain foods from your diet, you’re going to want them even more - then when you finally do eat those foods, you binge and feel guilty about it.

When you start eating intuitively, you’re more in touch with your body, and you’ll begin to stop and ask yourself, ‘Do I really want this now?’ and ‘Will I feel good when I’m finished?’

The combination of checking in with yourself and giving yourself permission to eat those “forbidden” foods will create a mindset that will help you realize that you probably don’t actually WANT that food.

More often than not, we just get caught up in society telling us that we can’t have certain foods, which makes us want them even more.

When you’re trying to restrict your diet, what kind of food do you crave? Let me know in the comments below.

Challenge the Voices in Your Head

Do you ever get a little voice in your head, shaming you for eating that donut, that extra slice of pizza, or that ice cream cone? It’s your psyche’s way of monitoring all the dieting rules you’ve heard again and again over the years, forced upon you by society.

The voice can be real voices too, like your mother asking if you should really be reaching for that extra serving of food or your friends giving you unwanted advice about weight loss. In either case, part of intuitive eating is learning how to ignore those voices in your head and push back against the voices in real life.

Let your loved ones know that you’re on a path toward trying to live a healthier life, and part of that plan means working to eliminate the negative voices surrounding your weight. If they’re genuinely trying to be supportive, they’ll understand and back off.

Is there someone in your life who makes you feel shame toward food? Is that person also yourself?

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