Part 5: Nutrition, not restriction. Learning how to eat intuitively.

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

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

Drink More Water

Most of us are dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Worse than that, dehydration can masquerade as hunger which leads us to overeat! Next time you’re feeling hungry, drink a glass of water and give yourself 15 minutes to see if those feelings subside. Just note that this will only work if you have in fact recently eaten a nutritious meal - drinking water will not work as a hunger suppressant!

If you don’t already, start bringing a reusable water bottle with you whenever you leave the house. Remember that water helps with digestion as well as the transportation and absorption of nutrients, proteins, and hormones (SUPER important for those of us in recovery!) You can watch my IGTV episode here about nutritional supplements in sobriety. Water also helps support the body’s natural detoxification process, promotes healthy skin, and can help relieve headaches.

Do you drink enough water?

Plan Ahead

Meal prepping is a term that’s gained a lot of popularity in the last couple of years, and it’s definitely not as overwhelming as you might think!

My favorite way to meal prep is to reserve some time over the weekend to prepare your food for the next coming week or at least the next few days. Although it can take up a few hours, it will help make it easier to stick to healthy, nutritious meals throughout the week when you’re generally too busy to - or would rather not - think about food.

When it comes to meal prep, basically all you want to do is cook big batches of:

  • Whole grains: quinoa, rice, farro

  • Proteins: beans, tempeh, eggs, chicken, fish, meat

  • Veggies

  • Sauces

  • Dressings