If you are the type that can’t stick to a food plan to lose weight, a solution is here for you. The solution is intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is what I can call the opposite of traditional eating. This is the type of eating that makes you the expert of your body’s hunger signal and your body itself.
Intuitive eating does not impose any guideline about when to eat, what to eat and what to avoid. It instead teaches you that you are the best human- the only person who can make those choices.
AS a beginner, you will get the detail guide to intuitive eating from this article. I will explain the exact things you need to know.
An intuitive eating is the type of eating style which promotes a healthy attitude towards food and your body image. The idea of this eating style is to only eat when you are hungry and stop immediately you are full. Though this process should be an intuitive process, but for many people, it is not. Trusting the so called diet expert and diet books about what to eat, how to eat and when to eat can cause you not to trust your body and it intuition.
If you want to start eating intuitively, you may need to follow the process of relearning how to trust your body. To do that, you need to be able to distinguish between emotional and physical hunger.
Physical Hunger: This is the biological urge that tells you to replenish nutrients. It gradually builds and has different signals like fatigue, irritability or a growling stomach. It is only satisfied when you eat something.
: This type of eating is driven by your emotional need. Loneliness, boredom and sadness are some of the feelings that create craving for food. Eating then causes self-hatred and guilt.
The main point is that, intuitive eating is about eating when you are physically hungry rather than the prescription of expert s and diet books. Eating is supposed to satisfy your physical hunger without causing you any guilt.
The Ten Key Principles
1. Reject Diet Mentality
: Diet mentality is having it in mind that there is a certain diet somewhere that will work for you. So, intuitive eating s anti-diet.
2. Honor Your Hunger
: Hunger is not an enemy to you. Always respond to the early signs of hunger by nourishing your body. You may overeat when you are excessively hungry.
3. Make Peace with Food
: Get read of the idea about what to eat and what not to eat.
4. Challenge the Food Police:
Food is never good or bad likewise you are not good or bad for what you consume and don’t consume. Challenge any thought that tell you otherwise.
5. Respect Your Fullness:
Your body tells you when it is hungry, and also tells you when it is full. Always listen to your body signals. As you are eating the food, check how the food is tasting and also how hungry you still are or full you are feeling.
6. Discover Your Satisfaction Factor:
Make sure you have an enjoyable eating experience. Take a meal that tastes great to you and always sit down to eat it. If you are able to make eating a pleasurable experience, you will find out it takes even lesser food to satisfy your hunger.
7. Honor Your Feelings Without The Use of Food:
Don’t try to cope with your emotions by eating, find other ways not related to eating to cope with your emotions or feelings; you can meditate, call a friend, journal or take a walk instead of eating. Understand the different between emotional eating and real eating.
8. Respect Your Body:
Instead of criticizing your body for its look and things you perceived is wrong with it, recognize how capable and beautiful it is.
Find a way you enjoy to move your body. Shift all your focus from losing weight to feeling alive, strong and energized.
10. Honor Your Health:
Eat food that tastes good and feel good. Have it in mind that your overall food pattern shapes your health. A meal or snack is not going to make or break your health.
With intuitive eating, you will have better psychological health.
You can start taking the stock of the food you eat and your attitude towards eating. Whenever you eat, ask yourself whether it is based on physical hunger or emotional hunger.