I’m excited to get more into intuitive eating! This goes right along with the challenge this week, so I hope it helps!
In the book Intuitive Eating, it says to “Feel your fullness.” I love how they explain it, so I will quote it.
“Listen for the body signals that tell you you are no longer hungry. Observe signs that show you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of eating and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what your current fullness level is.”
I encourage you to think about that deeply, and let that influence your next decision that has to do with food…and the next, and the next.
What I like is that this is not a stressful rule.
There is no chance of ‘harm’ coming to your body (such as hunger). No denial. No self-control and will power. Just self-awareness.
So why not try it?
- Pay attention to the slow transition of your empty stomach, to you slightly full stomach. Just become aware.
- Honestly decide that you can and will eat again when you next get hungry. That way, you can relax and truly respond with trust to the signals your bodies give you. Why would I stop eating if I knew I might not get another meal for 5 hours? I would want to ‘stock up.’
There was a stray cat on our farm a few months ago. I felt bad for it, so I would leave food out once in awhile. I have to say, sometimes the food I left was super old and should have been thrown away. Still, when I would come back, the bowl was completely licked clean. Spotless.
Now think of a house cat. How often do you see their bowls licked clean? Not very often. These cats know they will always have food available to them. So what’s the rush? They respect their fullness. What’s your mentality? Stray cat or house cat?
When I respect my fullness, I find that I naturally eat less, and it doesn’t ever feel like I am restricting myself, or ‘dieting.’
Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?
I avoid the gross, stuffed, debilitating full feeling that results from over eating. I finish and I can still move around gingerly and get on with my day. I use food the way it’s supposed to be used—for energy.
Try it out! Let me know how it goes!
Oh and hey- come back later today, I will be posting my favorite homemade granola bars!
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Have you heard this theory before? What has your experience been in trying it out?
Any reason why it sounds unappealing?