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Intuitive eating isn't a diet. It's about healing our relationship with food from the inside out. Intuitive eating is eating based on your internal cues and it fundamentally goes against diet culture, which is rooted in external cues.
It is simply eating without any restrictions. It is about trusting your body to make food choices that feel good for you, without judging yourself or the influence of diet culture.
In the beginning, when it comes to intuitive eating, our intuition or cravings might still be rooted in conditioning or fear or a history of distorted eating patterns. But the truth is your body knows exactly what it wants to keep you healthy; it truly only wants the best for you. Just as our ancestors did not need any education in nourishment, this wisdom lays dormant inside you too. With consistency and awareness, reconnecting with your body's natural ability to tell you when you're hungry or satisfied will happen innately.
Are you ready to heal your relationship with food? Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Trust your body and give yourself permission to eat when she lets you know you're hungry and always choose to eat real foods. We have created an ebook all about it for our practice members. You can download it here.
2. It is a good time to start eating when you have a 'mild' appetite. That is the moment your stomach starts growling, and you start thinking about food. So don't ignore your hunger pangs until they overwhelm you because this will cause you to eat whatever you can get instead of choosing foods that actually nourish you.
3. Pay attention to fullness and pause frequently to check in with your body if you need to eat further. You'll know you've had enough when you feel satisfied and happy.
4. Unlearn your fear of carbs, sugar, fat, meat, or calories … basically creating a clean slate of non-judgment of food and then not only reconnecting with your body's voice but also listening to that voice. Achieving this doesn't happen overnight, but hopefully this post has inspired you to reconnect with your body and your relationship with food. 🕊
*blog post only available in English
Our digestive system is SO important for the health and functioning of our entire body. We like to think of it as the hub of our health, organising what nutrients enter our bodies to give us energy, protecting us from harmful pathogens, and communicating with our other body systems to carry out essential functions.
Here are some little things we can begin to bring our attention to, to support this vital system.
𝘿𝙤𝙣'𝙩 𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙘𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙘𝙝. ☕️Have it after a balanced breakfast.
𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙥 𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙪𝙣. 𝙎𝙞𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙮 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙡. 🙏Practice mindfulness and gratitude when you eat. Take a few deep breaths before eating and give thanks to your food. When we are busy or stressed, our bodies simply do not prioritise digestion.
𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙪𝙣𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙤𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙖𝙨 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙖𝙨 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙗𝙡𝙚. 🌞Especially after a meal, this helps with digestion.
𝘾𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙗𝙞𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙡 𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙙𝙨. ❤️Contraceptive pills contain synthetic estrogen, which can be the cause of weight gain but also of a bloated belly.
𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙥 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙨. 🍱When we don't regularly eat our blood sugar levels drop, and our body perceives this as a physical threat to our survival. More stress = worse digestion.
𝙎𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡. 😴When you are well-rested, it stimulates a more diverse microbiome and releases neurotransmitters that improve your mood. Win-win.
𝙂𝙚𝙩 𝙙𝙞𝙧𝙩𝙮. 🦠This philosophy builds up beneficial gut bacteria. Super sterile tendencies aren't helpful to our gut health.
𝙈𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙮. 💃🏻Exercise promotes an increase in the diversity of healthy bacteria in the gut.
𝘼𝙫𝙤𝙞𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙙/𝙧𝙖𝙬 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙨. 🥗Our digestive system needs to work harder to break down the fibres and nutrient components of raw foods. Eating more warm, cooked foods help with our digestion.