Intuitive Eating: Choosing Foods Your Body Will
Most eating plans (or the dreaded "D" word - diets) tell you which foods you are allowed to eat, and how much of
those foods you can have. Usually these foods are chosen because of their nutritional or caloric benefits. Low
calorie foods, low carb foods, low glycemic foods, low fat foods - in the past you may have had to abide by these
On the opposite end of the spectrum are all the "forbidden" foods: high sugar foods, high fat foods, processed
foods, junk foods, fast foods.
Most of us have grown up with a complicated set of "rules" that govern every bite of food we put in our mouths.
Some of us have rebelled against these rules and eat whatever we damn well please, which is usually all of the
forbidden foods we're not supposed to be eating according to "the rules".
Have you ever noticed something essential that seems to be missing from the big picture?
What does your BODY want to eat?
Most of us make food choices from our minds, not according to what our bodies want to eat. We eat foods we think
will be good for our bodies, we overindulge on foods we believe to be bad for our bodies - but we don't ask our
bodies what THEY want.
Perhaps you've never considered this before, but your body communicates with you constantly and it tells you in
no uncertain terms when you eat foods that disagree with it.
Listening to these messages rather than trying to follow someone else's idea of what is best for your body can
go a long way in helping you to lose weight and get healthy.
Starting now, pay close attention to how your body feels after you finish eating. You may discover that your
body doesn't process certain foods very easily, even if they are supposedly "good for you". You may discover that
you actually hate the way you feel after consuming sugar or fast food, but you kept eating it out of rebellion.
Pay attention to your body's digestive symptoms, muscle symptoms, energy level, clarity of thought, and more.
Tune into your body and ask it, "Did you enjoy the food I just fed you?" Your body will let you know if it was a
good choice or not.
When you realize that a food or beverage doesn't agree with you, you may decide to eliminate it from your diet
and gravitate more toward foods that do make your body feel good.
Believe it or not, that's a lot easier than trying to avoid foods because you "have to" or they are "forbidden".
You'll simply choose not to eat them most of the time. If you do choose to eat them occasionally, you'll be
prepared for any side effects that come along with the indulgence.
Overall, allowing your body to have the final say about what it wants to eat according to how each food makes
you feel is a fantastic way to balance your eating habits. You will naturally gravitate toward foods that nourish
and fuel your body, rather than empty calories and chemicals.
Don't believe me? Try it for a week and you'll be amazed at the things you will discover.