Hi everyone! My theme of September is self care. It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of life and forget the simple task of taking care of ourselves. This is a place I have found my self in recently, so I thought why not share some of my experiences with you all!
Have you ever imagined a life where you woke up each day and had a simple and effortless relationship with food. You ate when you were hungry and stopped when you were full, eating whatever your body craved. No moments of being hard on yourself . No beating yourself up when you eat something “bad”. No shame, no guilt just peace. You simply ate what felt good for you and your body.
Believe it or not, this life isn’t just a fantasy. It can be achieved! This type of relationship with food is surely possible. All through a process known as, Intuitive Eating.
I recently read a book on Intuitive Eating, and it truly changed my life and my relationship with food!
The book; Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch
An intuitive eater is a person who “makes food choices without experiencing guilt or ethical dilemma, honors hunger, respects fullness and enjoys the pleasure of eating.”
Food and eating has always been an area in which I struggled. If I had a food that was classified as “bad” such as ice cream or carbs, I had a huge feeling of guilt rush over me. Had a slice of bread, now I must go run 5 miles because I had too many carbs. This was my mind set. I lived a life of complete restriction. I was hard on myself about any decision of what I put into my body. I developed an extremely unhealthy relationship not only with food, but with myself.
This book created a pivotal moment in my life, allowing me to form a healthier relationship with myself and food. I wanted to share some highlights from the book which helped transform my life.
Developing trust is the focal point of Intuitive Eating. You need to develop trust in your body. Trust was something I did not have even little of with myself or my body. If your body is telling you it is hungry and needs food, have trust it knows what it needs. We can not override our internal signals. Trust is one of the greatest benefits of Intuitive Eating, you learn to not only trust your body, but to also trust yourself. Trusting and becoming an expert on yourself will make you feel more empowered to create the life in which you can thrive!
Food is Our Fuel
Listen to your body it knows exactly what it wants and needs. Food is NOT the enemy. Our bodies need food to function properly throughout the day! When you look at food as a form of fuel, you will begin to mend your poor relationship with food and your body and soul will begin to feel good again! Also, when we look at food as fuel we start to see food as an energy source not an enemy. We begin to make food choices to eat for function rather than for appearance.
Stop Fearing Carbs
Carbs seem to the hot topic now a days. Society has created a world of fearing carbs. Carbs are not our enemy, they are actually our best friend. I know this might seem like an absurd concept, but it’s absolutely true! Carbohydrates are our body’s number one fuel source, it can not function properly without it. If we do not feed our body enough carbs, it makes everyday tasks difficult and if you’re trying to exercise on top of all of that, I’m sure you find your body fatigued and irritable. Stop running from that slice of bread, but embrace it instead.
Exercise for Fun
On the reverse side of eating, comes exercising. Many people head to the gym with the mind set of “I’m going to burn X amount of calories”. This mindset gives us a negative association with exercise, because we feel we HAVE to go not that we WANT to go. Exercise does not have to be going to the gym, lifting heavy weights, or running an extreme amount of miles. Make exercise something you enjoy and have fun doing. Make it an activity you want to go and do, not something you feel you have to do! Maybe thats walking outside, participating in a group fitness class, or working out with a trainer! Make exercise the fun part of your day, not the part that you dread!
Embrace Your Body
The foundation to maintaining an Intuitive Eater mindset is to dispose of the self critical mindset. Our culture is full of an environment which lacks acceptance and imposes strict rules for eating, but we need to break away from this culture. We need to create a culture where food is not the focus, but rather a world where people encourage each other, and stop being self critical over our own bodies. There’s no pressure to lose weight or be judged for eating a giant bowl of ice cream. Embrace the body you were blessed with and treat it with respect, love and trust!
These are just a few of many take always from the book. I highly recommend reading this book! it helped to create a healthier and more confident mindset about myself and food.
If you’ve ever struggled with your relationship with food and yourself, you’re not alone and it is possible to regain that relationship!
For even more info and helpful tips about Intuitive Eating check out the author’s website; Intuitive Eating.
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