Good morning, friends!
Mitchell has been up for his morning feeding, so I am using his sleep time to drop in with a few posts.
Motherhood is something I can’t put into words. It’s more than I ever expected, that I can say for sure. I’m planning to recap my first week with him and updates from me later this week. (Let me know if you want post pardom updates on weight, workouts, eats and life as I go into this new phase.)
Today I am super excited to chat about a hot topic here on le blog. And to be honest, one of the main reasons I started blogging. I am passionate about health and realized that I can help others find their healthiest self, too through my experiences.
Intuitive Eating, or IE, is a concept I had heard about a lot, but didn’t want to bother with actually learning. For years I thought my weight was based on the hours I spent at the gym and how many 100 calorie packs I ate. But during my time in school studying to become a health coach, the idea of eating for our body’s needs came up and totally rocked my world. For the first time I really understood what everyone was talking about when they talked about eating intuitively.
Prior to, I really did not believe that these beautiful, fit, happy women were eating what they wanted. But once I started to put down my fear of fats, stopped counting calories and cancelled out the food noise, I realized that this is completely legit.
I work with clients to understand IE and work through the process on a step by step basis, but I wanted to share some overarching points to IE since I receive so many questions.
Here we go!
1. Not all cupcakes are created equal.
Like most people with actual taste buds, I enjoy eating cupcakes and when one is presented to me, I will most gladly accept it. But do you ever notice that you are chomping away on something and not even enjoying it? Or maybe even tasting it?
Since studying Intuitive Eating, I’ve realized that some cupcakes don’t deserve the time of day. To me, it is about the experience – not just eating something because it is a cupcake or because it is available. This is HUGE.
2. Erasing the diet/non-diet mentality.
In other words, the shame of eating certain food. Have you ever eaten something and then feel a little guilty? That is a “I’m not on a diet but have a diet mentality” in my book. At one point (years ago) I had guilt over eating nuts or avocado because of the fat. Yup, we are talking the low-fat fad timeframe. Crazy business I can see now. But once I broke away from placing foods in “good” or “bad” categories and started eating for my body’s needs, my approach to food shifted. Now I squash that voice and tell it to take a hike. My mind, skin, body and stomach have never been happier.
3. Never having a January 1 Start Date Again.
Nope. Never. Do you know how freeing that is? To never have Monday be the start of “my new lifestyle” and get lost in a whirlwind of “good” days and “bad” days and scales and calories and carbs and all that nonsense? Never again. Balance, people – it is life changing.
4. It is truly possible to crave vegetables.
When my husband and I come home from a trip or have enjoyed an indulgent meal out, he will look at me and say “I need some vegetables.” This coming from a meat and potato man who used to think a meal was half a box of white pasta with a jar poured on top. (I wish I was kidding.)
Once you start adding in some really good for your foods, your body doesn’t feel so great when you eat the other nonsense. Now, that is not to say I don’t eat some of that some times. But it is a lot easier to say no when I know just how wretched I will feel.
This goes back to my earlier amazement of how people eat intuitively and don’t gain weight. You find that a little of the not so great food goes a long way. I find myself satisfied a lot quicker now then I ever did when the food was ‘bad’.
5. I’m a really picky eater.
Okay, so if you know me, this is really no surprise. But I’m talking about picky in terms of quality and taste. As with the cupcake example, I’ve noticed that I don’t really like certain things I thought I used to love. Once I started eating real, whole foods, my taste for the packages snacks fell to the wayside.
Obviously, I’ve become a fan of Intuitive Eating. I will warn anyone that’s looking into it: it can be a really slow process. You’ve just got to trust it and trust yourself. It amazes me how much we (as a society) have moved away from listening to our bodies and instead are listening to advertising or the latest diet theory.
During my time in school and now practicing as a Health Coach, the one thing I have learned more than anything is that we are way smarter than we give ourselves credit for. And for that matter, stronger.
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