I think it is safe to say that most of us would like to be able to eat and nourish ourselves with ease; without stress, worrying, and concern over food and our eating habits. This comes from the general concept of intuitive eating, or finding a deeper connection to your body to ultimately trust that it will help make the food decisions that will make you feel well and most importantly, happy. If you’d like to read more on intuitive eating, check out my prior post on it titled “A Look Into Intuitive Eating”. This post goes into a more specific topic within the umbrella of intuitive eating; knowing whether or not we are waiting too long to eat.

In the current days of diet culture being looked at under a microscope, we tend to think that any new information out there will now only be coming from an actual health perspective.

Unfortunately, it is not the case. Now, things are only more difficult to point out as diet culture; it has shape-shifted into wellness practices and topics that continue to perpetuate less calories and guilt around types of food, just with a prettier package. All of this to say, a newer concept such as “intuitive fasting” is something that attempts to take on the packaging of intuitive eating, but is hiding harmful information underneath.

In comes intuitive eating; something we have been doing since the beginning of time, only now needing modern directions and prompts because diet culture has taken us so far away from our own body connection. So, let’s work on a prompt.

Are you waiting too long to eat? Ok well, what is too long? And why is it important? Too long looks different for every person, so it takes some cues for us to figure out if that is the case.

● Do you find yourself feeling brain fog, or depleted throughout the day?

● When you do go to eat, does it not even matter what you eat because everything sounds good?

● What is the pace of your eating?

Although simple questions and things we may be able to connect ourselves, we have been conditioned to believe that eating less may be the ideal option. Everybody is different; they have different needs for functioning optimally. And more importantly, everybody and every body is deserving of food and nourishment. Finding the sweet spot where we feel happy, energized, and nourished. Gentle fullness. It is a somewhat abstract concept, but it has physical and mental benefits.

Working on these prompts and working toward the process of intuitive eating helps us in so many ways. It can help improve our metabolism by eating in a regular fashion and eating for our body’s needs, rather than restricting. It can lower levels of inflammation in our body and balance our hormones over time. It brings us to a place of self-awareness, positive nutrition, and true self acceptance.

If you’d like to learn more on how intuitive eating can help you, call our office to schedule a free 20 minute consultation with me!