Part 4: Nutrition, not restriction. Learning how to eat intuitively.

Welcome back to Part 4 of this 5 part series on Intuitive eating. If you missed the first 2 posts you can find them here:

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Discover Satisfaction in the Food You’re Eating

Feeling satisfied has to do with noticing what you’re eating and taking the time to appreciate it. This step is perhaps the most important part of intuitive eating because it forces you to connect with the food you’re eating.

Getting satisfaction from your food comes down to figuring out what feels good and what doesn’t. Sure it might feel good to eat a slice of pizza, but how do you feel after eating six slices? Probably not great. How about after two slices and a salad? Probably a bit more energized, and a little less bloated. Once you start understanding what feels good in your body, you can put that into practice and start fueling yourself in ways that are truly satisfying.

To start putting satisfactory eating into practice, start with just one meal a day. During this one meal, pay attention to the taste, texture, and appearance of your food, then concentrate entirely on your first and last bite.

What’s the last meal you ate? Was it satisfactory?

Slown Down

Do you know that it takes 20 minutes for your body to recognize that it’s full after you begin eating a meal? When we scarf down our food, we don’t give our bodies a chance to realize that we’re getting full, and we might eat WAY more than we actually need. If you regularly find yourself feeling nauseous, bloated, or really tired after a meal, you’re probably eating too much too quickly!

So chew more, put your eating utensils down in between bites, and take the time to savor each bite. In return, your body will naturally stop itself from overeating and better manage weight.

How long does it take you to eat a meal?

Don’t Use Food to Cope with Emotions

People often overeat to cope with feelings of anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger, or stress. If you’re struggling to manage your weight or find yourself struggling with overeating, it’s important to get to the root of these difficult emotions so that you can find ways to nurture yourself and start resolving those problems without turning to food.