Lately I have been reading more about intuitive eating and intuitive living. I always think back to when I was kid-I didn't plan my days weeks in advance, I didn't start making a checklist first thing out of bed, I never had an agenda, I ate when I was hungry, I went on with my day mindlessly, enjoying just being. That is how as humans we are wired, but we try to take control of every morsel in our life including our health, fitness, and nutrition. I wanted to share 3 recent posts from a few of my favorite wellness writers. All share a common perspective on intuitive eating/living, that we all could use to learn more about in the "diet" filled world we live in.
*Note-I am not advocating going cold turkey on taking care of your self :)
"Stress management, social connectivity, sleep, joy/pleasure, spirituality, and movement all play a role in health, and probably a greater role than the food we eat. Honoring these other facets of health may mean compromising on nutrition."-Rachael
Have you met someone who meets ALL the following criteria: sleeps 8hrs every night, works out 7 days/week, eats the recommended 5-9 servings of fruit and veggies everyday, has a spotless house, always has the to-do list done, organizes weekend plans with friends every week...I could go on with other "ideal" ways of living, BUT this perfect person does not exist. Something has to give in our day to day life and if that happens to be nutrition for the day, so be it. Life goes on.
"Stress is what will kill you, not the shredded cheese on your salad or the gluten in your toast."-Robyn
That was my favorite sentence in the post...it's so true! There is not one way to eat, there is not one "healthy", we do not all live the same life, or in the same body! We don't need to stress ourselves more with being robotic in how we eat and labeling foods "good" and "bad." Some days you eat the rainbow and other days you have a donut for breakfast and a burger for dinner and that is OKAY. Life has enough stress with work, bills, family, friends, etc, Let food be one less and listen to what your body wants!
"Moral of the story: Protect yo’ self against crazy crap on Instagram that shows meals without fat and carbs. You’re not gonna find satisfaction without carbs." -Kylie
Oh instagram. It is full of "beautiful," "perfect" bodies and smoothie bowls filled with superfood powders, collagen, bee pollen, fancy mango flowers. Seeing those pictures day after day has a big impact on how you brain starts to think about "healthy" and "diets." Take a few days away from Instagram. See what ends up on your plate during meals. How do those foods make you feel?
"Moral of the story #2: When you’re eating this week, seek satisfaction! If you seek satisfaction to guide you to when you should finish a meal, fullness will naturally be met."-Kylie
Satisfaction-fulfillment of one's wishes, expectations, or needs. What foods make you truly feel satisfied? My favorite satisfying foods as of lately are PB banana toast, eggs and avocado, and these 5 ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites.
I hope after reading even just one of these posts, you can reflect on how your daily intuition affects your well being!