3 Realizations That Helped Me Heal

My weekends used to be spent researching recipes, grocery shopping, and meal planning. It took me hours to look up recipes and make grocery lists because I was so adamant about sticking to specific food rules. It took me almost all day on Sunday to meal prep because I wanted EVERYTHING I ate to be homemade. When I decided that I needed to change my mindset around food, I knew that planning my meals out to the hour every week was going to have to stop. I was going to have to understand my body’s signals and embrace intuitive eating. I’ve listed below some key realizations that helped me to embrace intuitive eating and work towards a life of food freedom.

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Start Living, Not Existing

When I was going through my dieting phase, I literally thought about food all day (and not in a good way). I thought about every little ingredient that went into the recipes I tried. I thought about every calorie and macronutrient that I planned on consuming that day and the timing of it all. I’m not kidding when I say that it also took me all weekend to meal plan and prep.

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Don't Diet in 2019

As I’m writing this blog, it is the first Monday of 2019 and boy was it the Mondayest of Monday’s. Over the weekend, I went to the coffee shop (as usual) to get some work done. While at the coffee shop, I enjoyed a monster cookie (which if you don’t know contains all the good stuff…chocolate chips, M&M’s, peanut butter) with a side of coffee. As I was sitting at the table, enjoying my snack, I couldn’t help but think about all the people who were denying themselves of this type of food since the new year started.

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Steps to Intuitive Eating

This past weekend, I woke up early on Saturday morning to get a good workout in at my local gym. On a normal weekend, I would come home from the gym and make some type of breakfast that involved eggs & toast & fruit (I know, such a basic breakfast). However, on this particular morning, my body was definitely NOT craving eggs. Instead, I chose to head to my favorite coffee shop and opted for a banana chocolate chip muffin & coffee. You may say that the egg breakfast was the “healthier” option but I’m here to say that the muffin was the “healthier” option.

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How to Become an Intuitive Eater

Diets have too many rules that are not sustainable over a long period of time. I understand that following a specific diet may help you lose weight and/or help you feel healthier, but one day you are going to want to break the rules.

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