I have struggled my entire life with weight issues. Many of us have. It is not fun. The “dieting” world is a confusing place. There are endless fads, methods, macros, do this, don’t eat this, eat this instead. The information changes yearly, and we are still left battling the bulge.
Intuitive eating is a way of focusing less on dieting and more on your body’s hunger signals. The practice was initially from the book “Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works” by Elyse Resch, which encourages readers to pay attention to when they’re thirsty or hungry and when their body is not. The program was developed to help chronic dieters free themselves from restrictive eating practices. Ultimately, leading their constituents to learn how to nourish their bodies by making peace with food.
Intuitive eating is about nourishing the body while paying attention to your emotions. Another term that we can use is mindful eating.
Intuitive eating is NOT A DIET. However, you can undoubtedly reap health benefits and drop a few pounds naturally.
Making peace with food reduces the pressure
The connection between food and emotions is strong, but it can be even more vital for those struggling with weight. This may seem counterproductive, but intuitive eating is not about focusing on weight loss. I said “focusing,” which means the letting go concept applies.
The theory is that by healing our relationship with food, we recognize and learn about our emotional eating patterns. Ultimately, it's the eating patterns that affect our weight.
Emotional eating is something that can heavily affect your body and the way you feel about yourself. However, it might not be just because of stress or personal problems. Emotional eating can come from our past conditioning and many other unconscious cues. Emotional dependence on food has been shown in recent studies as an independent risk factor for obesity and other weight issues. Yep, we know this, but how do we conquer it?