Health | My Eating Philosophy: Intuitive Eating

Disclaimer: I want to caveat that if your particular goal is weight/fat loss or you’re on doctor recommended diet then that’s different and this post may not be for you, I’m looking to maintain my current weight and continue to burn fat.

Let me just jump in and say I don’t count macros, calories, or follow a specific diet (other than no animal products). I follow what I like to call an intuitive eating diet. A strict diet mentality can be so stressful and can really cultivate negative relationships with food that can lead to eating disorders, binge eating, self-critique, and other health issues. People spend most of their time obsessing over the number on the scale, the size of their portions, and whether or not something fits into their macros. I’m here to tell you there’s another way to live and actually have abs while doing so. 😉

I bet some of are you thinking, “what the heck are you talking about intuitive eating ya crazy lady??” Well let me explain – it’s super simple – intuitive eating is the philosophy that truly gives you the control listen to your body and give it what it needs without putting crazy restrictions on yourself. I exercise 4-5 times a week depending on how busy my week is but I say this to say that I do exercise regularly.  Educate yourselves on nutrient-rich foods, sources of protein, a balanced diet, benefits of fruits and veggies (ie. garlic can reduce head and lung congestion, broccoli purifies the liver & spleen, etc) and realize that carbs are NOT bad when choosing good carbs.  Once you have a good understanding of the food you should be consuming, here are a few rules I follow:

  • • I eat until I’m full then stop – a way that you can maybe control this a little better is to get a smaller portion first and then if you’re still hungry get a little more
  • • I pick the best options when at a restaurant – maybe pick the broccoli instead of french fries, or if you’ve been good all week, and you’re really craving some fries, go for it but don’t overindulge! 🙂
  • • I let myself enjoy treats in moderation – this piggybacks off of the bullet above but don’t deprive yourself of your favorite treats, just make sure 80% of your consumption that week has been clean and healthy so the only thing you feel after a slice of cake is content (and maybe a little sleepy 😉 )
  • • I truly just listen to my body – no one knows your body more than you do, plus your diet should be flexible. If you realized you maybe haven’t eaten enough vegetables that day, maybe add a serving at dinner. If you got home late and haven’t eaten, eat something. Don’t let the time on the clock dictate if you can eat or not. Obviously waking up at 3 am for a slice of cake probably isn’t a good idea. But you get what I mean. Also, if you feel a headache or stomach coming on then drink more water and eat clean meals the rest of the day.

I’m not sure as to why this method hasn’t gained more publicity or traction because I’ve honestly never been happier with myself and what I’m consuming. Obviously, I’m not a doctor, registered dietitian, or fitness expert.I’m just sharing my personal experiences with food and diets and what works for me personally. I hope this sparks some thought and motivates you!

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