Intuitive eating and weight loss. Three expert tips to help you trust your body and instincts
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Trusting your own instincts and body are concepts that dieters often need to teach themselves. Want to learn more about intuitive eating and weight loss? Learn three tips to help you trust your body and instincts to guide you with healthy eating.
Trust your body. One concept that dieters often need to teach themselves is to trust their own instincts and bodies when it comes to food intake. To trust yourself to eat when you are hungry and to stop eating when you are full sounds so simple! Yet, why are there so many interferences to the simple process of eating? Why do we, as humans, have such a difficult time differentiating between physical needs and emotional feelings when it comes to eating? Why is it so challenging to have a healthy relationship between food, body and mind?
Our family has been living in Spain with a big-hearted Spanish host mother, who provides lavish meals for us three times per day. Consequently, the issue of eating to please my doting host mother versus trusting my own instincts has surfaced. Our host mother serves us portions that she deems appropriate and then asks us "un poco mas?" (a little bit more?) even before we have finished. At first it was funny, and then after a week, I started to feel uncomfortable and nauseous trying to finish the food on my plate. My pants were becoming snugger! If food is a sign of love, our host mother loved us! However, we needed to find a solution to this situation in a culturally appropriate manner.
After an amazing night hike and viewing the stars shining over Africa, I came back and told my host mother about the beautiful "estrias" in the sky that I had seen. She confusingly pointed to the stretch marks on her stomach and laughed. I meant "estrellas" which meant stars. This provided a perfect segway to tell my host mother that I didn't want my "estrias" growing and to ask if we could serve our own plates based on our appetite. She smiled and said, "Si."
This situation demonstrated to me how painful it is when someone normally relies on his/her own hunger cues and then all of a sudden eats larger portions due to someone else's insistence. Perhaps you grew up trying to please someone who was cooking and you were forced to finish your plate...
Learning to trust your body takes time. Slowly learn to trust your hunger and satiety cues and have mainly healthy foods available to eat. You can then say goodbye to diets and say hello to healthy eating for life!
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Updated March 6, 2020Weight Loss->Emotional & Mindful Eating