Eat Intuitively for a Healthier and Happier You.
Are you angry at yourself for quitting your latest diet?
Do you feel like a failure or that you don’t have enough willpower?
Are you angry at yourself for overeating?
Or are you feeling bad about how you look or how much you weigh?
We’ve all been there – angry at ourselves for overeating, feeling like we have no willpower, giving up on yet another diet.
But we’re not the problem!
It’s the diet mentality with strict rules that are almost impossible to adhere to and that have stopped us from listening to our bodies.
What’s the answer?
Eating intuitively is all about developing a peaceful, healthy and satisfying relationship with food, mind and body.
It enables us to end the fight against our bodies and food forever, by rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food.
1. Ditch the Diets & Strict Rules FOREVER:
Stop being sucked in by the ‘quick fixes’ and fad diets that say you can lose lots of weight super quickly and permanently.
You already know when you stop following the strict regime you gain it all back and feel rubbish. Decide to stop putting yourself and your body through the pain of dieting - for good. Diets don’t work.
2. Honour your Hunger & Fullness Signals:
Start eating when you are hungry and stop when you are full. If you’re starving, you end up overeating as you’re driven to eat. Eat enough according to your appetite and activity levels.
Start tuning into your body and how full you are feeling throughout each meal. Learning to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you are full is the first step to trusting yourself again.
3. Make Peace with Food & End the Judgements:
Decide to stop fighting yourself and food. Do not deny yourself anything. Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. When you tell yourself you’re not allowed a certain food, you tend to want it even more and leading to bingeing/ overeating. And the ensuing feelings of guilt.
There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods. You are not ‘bad’ or ‘good’ for eating/not eating foods.
Silence that voice inside of you (the Food Police) that makes you feel bad or guilty for eating or not eating. And that keeps you following strict regimes or rules.
By making peace with food, you’ll find you’re able to tune into your body, listen to those hunger& fullness signals and determine what you really need.
4. Give Yourself Permission to Enjoy Your Food.
Take it one step further and allow yourself to really savour and enjoy your food. The experience of eating is supposed to be an enjoyable one. When you eat what you really want, in a nice environment you are able to relax, and find pleasure and satisfaction.
In fact, you often find you need less food to feel full. It’s about the whole experience of eating, food is meant to be enjoyed.
5. Learn to Identify Emotional vs. Physical Hunger.
Are You Emotionally or Physically Hungry? Or are you sad, angry, lonely, anxious…?
When you identify and honour your feelings and allow yourself to feel them, you realise food won’t fix the issue. You can identify other ways to comfort and nurture yourself.
Identifying when you’re experiencing emotional vs. physical hunger, enables you to deal with any triggers and prevents the discomfort and guilt of overeating which doesn’t help at all.
6. Accept & Love Yourself Completely as You Are.
When you love and respect your body and are realistic and compassionate towards it. You can reject the diet mentality.
People come in all different shapes and sizes. You can be healthy at every size.
Let go of any unrealistic expectations and stop that critical voice. Instead become your own best friend. Love and encourage yourself.
7. Exercise To Feel Good & Get to Know Yourself.
Forget harsh or punitive exercise regimes just to lose weight. Instead, just get moving, find activities you enjoy and focus on how much better you feel after working out. Forget how many calories you’re burning.
Tune into your body and feel into what type of exercise, movement or rest you need. Think of taking good care of yourself and your inner child.
Get to know yourself and find activities and foods you like. Find your motivation – feeling more energised to run around with your children, to feel better…
8. Focus on Healthy Habits not How Much you Weigh.
Choose foods and activities that are nutritious and nurturing. Healthy habits are the key to good health. Healthy habits include eating your five a day, not smoking, drinking in moderation and exercising. When you’re choosing your health and listening to your body and what it needs you’ll find the weight takes care of itself anyway.
It’s about being healthy but also enjoying what you eat and how you live. It’s about a relaxed approach towards health and food. You don’t have to eat ‘perfectly’ to be healthy.
It’s all about a balanced diet and lifestyle and progress rather than perfection. Moderation in moderation (!) and listening to your body. No foods are banned.
It’s time to trust yourself and your intuition – you know what you need.
Intuitive Eating Leads to a Healthier & Happier You
Intuitive eating frees you from the diet mentality, helps you enjoy eating and develop a new and safe relationship with food and your body; enables you to feel your feelings without using food; and to honour your hunger and fullness.
All leading to a healthier, happier and more energised you.
If you do have any concerns about your health be sure to consult your doctor and beware of bogus diet/nutrition advice.
Let me know below one step you are going to take towards being kinder to yourself, making peace with food and/or ending the food fight.
Love Claire xx
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