As a wellness professional I get asked a lot about how to lose weight without having to go on an extreme diet or without having to exercise for hours on end. Most of my answers include a lot of the principles that intuitive eating teaches, which usually brings them to this next question…
‘What is intuitive eating’
Before I explain, here’s a quick background on me. A few years ago, I started to really listen to my intuition. I knew it was a “thing”, but didn’t truly know what it meant. People would say “what does your gut tell you?” Half the time, I had no clue what it was trying to say until I started actively listening to my body and my life completely changed.
It made me realize that I had a terrible relationship with food and exercise. I wasn’t eating to be healthy or exercising to feel good — I was punishing myself with exercise and destroying my mind and body with the unhealthy relationship I had with food. After I decided to change my unhealthy patterns, I realized that I needed to help other women do the same. I needed to help other women learn to tune into their own bodies.. with their own intuition so that they could finally have a healthier relationship with food, exercise and their body’s.
So, how do you start to activate your intuition? How do you learn to trust yourself around food again? How do you learn to trust yourself to only have a couple cookies instead of the cookies, ice cream, AND cake!?
There are a few ways that you can start to be more intuitive when it comes to food, exercise, and your body in general.
The first step in starting to lose weight or make a big change in your life is to…
#1. Become more self aware.
Once we become aware of how our bodies are feeling moment to moment, we are able to detect the foods that make us feel good and the ones that don’t really agree with us.
For example — Fried foods used to be a little treat for me; until I started paying attention to how I was feeling after eating it. I felt so lethargic 20 minutes later. I came to the conclusion that the cons outweighed the pros in this scenario. Just by becoming aware of how the foods made me feel, I was able to cut out certain foods from my life AND feel good about it.
Don’t get me wrong… the occasional fried food happens, I’m only human and I don’t like to banish ANY foods from my diet. But — Limiting the foods that don’t make me feel good because I want to not because I have to makes me feel like I’m more in control.
#2 Become aware of your trigger environment, foods, and feelings and make a plan..
Certain places, people, feelings, and foods can set of a period of overeating where you feel like you’ve lost control.
Maybe every time you go to the movies, you binge on loads of buttery popcorn? Solution: Maybe go to a museum instead or have a movie night in and make your own popcorn.
Maybe when you order Chinese food you just can’t stop eating it? (Yeah, this is one of my triggers) Solution: Skip the take out and cook something at homee, order something different or share with your date.
Maybe when you go to a bar, you have too many drinks which causes you to binge eat at the nearest drivethru after? Solution: Limit your cocktails and go straight home after a night out.
Inevitably, eating triggers happen and when they do — Its important to recognize them for what they are and think about how you could avoid it from happening again in the future.
What you should NOT do is beat yourself up and goin on another binge. Forgive yourself and keep moving forward.
#3 Shift your focus to the foods that make you feel good!
You know, those foods that give you that feeling of “danggg, my body needed that!”
For example, Some foods that come to mind are leafy greens and dark chocolate for me. Leafy greens because they provide the fiber and other nutrients that my body needs and I love taking care of my body! And chocolate because it makes my soul happy, its delicious, and feels a little like I’m breaking the rules! Balance is the key, right?!
If you’re thinking, So how do you know if its your intuition talking to you or just your brain getting in the way?
When you listen to your intuition, you feel happy and expanded, but if you choose to ignore it, you can feel uneasy or slightly contracted. Listen to that gut feeling in that small millisecond before your brain decides to take over a choose how you are going to feel. That milisecond is your intuition.
I have a challenge for you… Yes, if you want to make a breakthrough and learn to let your intuition guide you so that you can finally stop having so much anxiety around food, this is for you.
Brainstorm all of the triggers that you feel like you have and come up with some different ways to avoid them altogether OR a plan to break the over eating cycle that comes after it.
Sometimes becoming self-aware, figuring out what foods feel good, finding your triggers and making a plan feels really overwhelming when we’re trying to implement it ourselves. That’s why its always a great idea to seek support. Find a mentor or a coach that you can trust to support you in this life change and you find yourself on the fast track to a healthier and happier you.
Lots of love, health, and happiness to you!
If you’re ready to break the binge eating cycle, lose weight, and learn to keep it off while mending your relationship with food, then book a complimentary clarity call with me here
You can expect to gain clarity on your next best step towards a healthier, happier, more confident you.