There are sooo many diets out there telling you what to eat and when to eat. One diet tells you to eat a lot of carbs and the next is telling you carbs are pretty much evil.
Before I reached a place where I could eat intuitively, I got sucked into these diets all. the. time. You name it, I tried it. I went Paleo, vegan, dairy-free, and I tried intermittent fasting. None of these diets worked for me. I was not thriving because I was constantly stressed about what I was going to eat and if it was within the diet guidelines.
When I decided to jump off the diet wagon, I was scared. My personality is very Type A and I do not like not following a structure. Even though I was scared, I decided that the best thing for me to do was to actually starting listening to my body. As time went on, I developed a greater awareness of what makes my body thrive and what does not. Now, I can make food choices that I know are true to me and I don't get sucked into the latest diet trend. My body is thriving because I listen to it.
Are you currently on the diet wagon? Here are a few tips that will help you get to a place of intuitive eating.
1. Stop counting - stop counting calories, servings, hours, macronutrients, and anything else you find yourself counting throughout the day - play around with your own serving sizes and see how your body feels when you eat less or more - eat when you are feeling hungry and try not to get caught up in counting the hours since you last ate
2. Don't plan - instead of planning what you are going to eat every day and at every meal, make sure your pantry and fridge are stocked with quality foods - cook recipes that you can use for lunch OR dinner - if you like to snack, bring multiple options to work so you can eat whatever your body wants
3. Explore food sensitivities - once you feel comfortable with the above two steps, experiment with food sensitivities and allergies - the most common sensitivities/allergies are gluten, soy, dairy, corn, and eggs - you may want to try an elimination diet or just start noticing how you feel after eating certain foods
Do not overwhelm yourself by trying to change everything at once. Take small steps every day to help you develop a better relationship with your food.
With love and peace,