The Anti-Diet, Diet?

Lets talk about Happy Body Nutrition which is changing the way we think or feel about food while listening to our bodies needs and wants. 

The Anti-Diet, diet. Intuitive eating is where we allow our mind to listen to our body and fuel ourselves according to how we feel. There is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods, we do not heavily restrict ourselves based on society led understandings on what is considered to be ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’, instead we let our body choose what feels right. Intuitive eating can teach us how different nutrients or food groups can affect our body, it also trains the brain to understand that we do not need to binge or purge and instead we have the freedom to figure out what our body likes/dislikes and makes us more in tune with knowing when we are hungry or satisfied. Intuitive eating is a mindset that can aid in taking away the negative attributes of diet culture and focusing on fueling ourselves based on mental and physical health. By doing so, this creates a happier relationship between mind and body. Below are five ways to adopt intuitive eating into your life.

Repair you relationship with food

The best way to rekindle a happy food relationship is to stop giving in to fad diet culture. You may find that you have had experiences with diets in the past that have been hard to stick to, or once getting to your goal weight you tend to binge on all the foods you missed while restricting intakes of certain foods. Following strict rules around food is never fun, and for most people it doesn’t work, this can lead to unhappiness because you’re not allowing yourself the freedom to actually enjoy foods, and can lead to eating becoming a real chore. 

Listen to yourself

We really don’t give our body enough credit, if you take time to actually listen to why you’re craving things you may find that your body knows something that you don’t. For example, if you have significant salt cravings it could be your body saying you need more sodium. It’s important to pay attention to these things to let our body thrive. Understanding happy body nutrition can lead to less stress, happier bodily functions, and less likely to develop deficiency based illnesses. 

If you’re hungry, EAT!

Our body knows when we are hungry, and it’s important that we listen to it. If you always eat when you first get hungry it lets the brain know not to worry, because it knows that it will always be fed a good meal of its choosing, which means we are less likely to binge on anything we can find, which will only let us feel full but not satisfied with what we eat.  One note with this is to make sure you are hungry and not just thirsty.  Best way to find out is to have a glass of water first and if you are still hungry after 10 mins then eat!

Know when to stop eating

As it’s important to know when to eat, it is also important to know when to stop eating. There is a difference between being satisfied and being full. Being satisfied is where we eat while paying attention to things like how the meal tastes, what foods we are eating, and when our body feels happy to stop eating, making it a pleasant experience. Being full is where you eat to where you can’t possibly add any more food into your body, disregarding your body's feelings while overindulging.

What to eat?

If you have previous experience with diet’s and the restrictive nature of them you will know that you have certain cravings and allowing yourself to give into these can lead to feelings of guilt. With intuitive eating there is no guilt, you let yourself eat what you want as long as it's keeping you and your body happy. It's the happy median between satisfying your nutritional needs and your taste buds. It can sometimes mean that you have to cut out certain food groups like dairy because you notice how good your body feels without it, it's all about experimenting with your tummy and paying attention to what it enjoys the most. 

Anything can be trialed and this is not a right or wrong type of "diet". Everyone is so different and anything you try is worth trialing for a time. It takes time to create a new habit (at least 3 months!) and to undo things that was said and done from our past. Sharing this information is to inform people on some of the ways we can develop a better relationship with food.

Chrystie Mountain
Project Physique NZ

Disclaimer: The statements on this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The author does not in any way guarantee or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any message and will not be held responsible for the content of any message. Always consult your personal physician for specific medical advice.

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