Hey everyone!! Hope you’re having a great Hump Day so far!
Tonight is the first rehearsal for my Senior Piece and I’m a little bit nervous, but I trust my 4 ladies and I know they’re going to do a great job!
If I haven’t said it on the blog already, I’ve been reading the book “Intuitive Eating” on and off since November. (Keep in mind that I’m not a huge reader, but I was immediately intrigued by the book in an effort to help nurture a positive relationship with food and my body.)
For those of you who don’t know anything about the book, it was written by 2 prominent nutritionists, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. They accurately blend their innovative Intuitive Eating program with loads of research, sets of anecdotes that make sense, and metaphors and analogies that clarify their concepts.
The book focuses on nurturing your body rather than starving it, helps you find the weight you were meant to be, and helps you reject the “diet mentality” for good! There are actually two editions to the book, but I only own the second edition. I was really interested in the chapter on how the Intuitive Eating philosophy can be a safe and effective model on the path to recovery from an eating disorder, which many of you already knew I struggled with.
Since I’m only halfway through the book so far (I know, I’m really taking my time), I thought I’d share 5 things that the book has taught me so far, not to mention the things I’ve learned about myself and eating.
**Keep in mind: I am NOT a certified nutritionist and the following information contains my own opinions on what I’ve learned from the book. If you think you might have a problem, please consult your doctor or a registered dietitian (like Kylie or Robyn!).**
5 Things That Intuitive Eating Has Taught Me (So Far):
1. Honor Your Hunger
I’ve been at a point where I was hungry before bed but I ignored it because it was 10:30PM, and I’ve been at a point where I would eat simply because it “was time.” Sometimes I wasn’t even hungry, but I would eat dinner just because it was 6PM and I was afraid to eat later. One of the key ideals of intuitive eating is to “honor your hunger.” If you had lunch an hour ago and you feel hungry for a snack, eat the darn snack!
2. Respect Your Fullness
Similar to honoring your hunger, I’ve also learned that you need to respect your body when it’s full. Of course I’ve eaten past the point of fullness (who hasn’t) because that’s part of being a human, but when you consistently ignore your fullness level and eat to a point of sickness, then there might be a slight binge problem going on. In that case, it’s best to consult with a specialist.
3. Move In a Way That Makes YOU Feel Good
Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. For a LONG time I’ve had a rocky relationship with exercise, but this past month I’ve been doing things that I want to do because they make me feel good. I’ve been doing workouts from the Healthy Glow Collective 3x a week and I’ve been LOVING them. They’re no joke and they keep my body challenged and strong! On the other days I’ve been trying to do more Pilates. I forgot how much I love it!
4. Feelings Can Be Uncomfortable…Without Using Food
Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life and each has its own trigger. I can tell you from my experience…food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort you for a short time, distract you from pain (hello PMS!), or even numb you into a food coma, but unfortunately, food won’t solve the problem. The next time you’re experiencing an uncomfortable emotion, try sitting with it for a moment and see how you feel. You won’t feel comfortable, but do something that WILL! Take a hot bath, read a good book, color, light a candle, call up a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile, etc. Fill yourself with positivity to counteract the negativity you might be feeling in the moment. If you really want something to eat, then check in with yourself and honor your hunger! 🙂
5. Eating Is Supposed to Be Enjoyable!
Enhancing meal satisfaction means making your mealtime special. Set the table and sit down to eat. In our crazy lives sometimes it’s necessary to eat on-the-go, but how often do we forget that eating is supposed to be a satisfying and enjoyable experience?! This is something I’m still struggling with because I live by myself, so I often eat my dinner while watching something. Instead of watching something, maybe I’ll turn on some music, light a candle, and eat dinner that way.
Now tell me…
- Favorite recent reads? I need new recommendations!