• Denise A Olson

Intuitive Eating-Is It For You?

It seems like there's a new diet hitting the scene every month-it can be tough to keep up with what's in, and what you're "supposed" to do. Over the past few years, the idea of "Intuitive Eating" started gaining popularity. You may be wondering-"what does this mean?" "Is it another diet?" "Where would I even begin?" As a nutrition coach, my main goal is to simplify nutrition for the people I work with. I believe intuition and mindfulness are big players when it comes to nutrition and general wellness, so let's dive in.

What is Intuitive Eating? It's all about listening to your body and eating what makes you feel good. Essentially-you're ditching the idea of "good" vs. "bad" foods. This goes beyond what just feels good in the moment and instead encourages you to truly pay attention to how you feel while you're eating a particular food, and afterwards-everything from your energy levels, how your stomach feels, how you're sleeping, your emotions, etc. Tuning into these things allows you to determine if a particular food is "good" or "bad" for YOU.

Is Intuitive Eating a diet? NOPE! On the contrary-it's about ditching the diet mentality. A diet, by definition, is restrictive. As a result, they tend to be short-lived, unsustainable and simply-a means to an end. The principles of Intuitive Eating are all about honoring your hunger, paying attention to fullness cues as well as when you're feeling satisfied and respecting your body (among other things!)

So where you do begin? Here's your "Intuitive Eating Starter Pack:"

  1. Start bringing some mindfulness to your meals! Before you begin eating, take note of how hungry you are. Take some slow, deep breaths to shift from the "fight or flight" mode many of us are in all day long, to "rest and digest."

  2. Allow yourself at least 15 minutes to eat your meal. If this isn't possible at every meal-start with one! Thoroughly chew your food, and put your fork down between bites. Once you've gotten this down-aim to stretch it to 20 minutes!

  3. After your meal, take note of how you feel. Are you full? Overly stuffed? Feeling satisfied? Are you feeling energized, or like you need a nap? Make a mental note of these things and pay attention to any trends you see. Are there certain foods that leave you feeling better than other? Foods that tend to leave you feeling less than your best?

Of course, making changes to your nutrition can feel challenging, which is why we want to help. If you are curious about Intuitive Eating, or learning about how you can tweak your nutrition to better support your goals, book a Free Nutrition Intro with one of our Nutrition Coaches and take the first step toward feeling like your best self.

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