5 Tips for Intuitive Eating and the Holidays
Seeing as I missed posting on Monday this week, I thought I would take a break from our series on The Eating Guidelines to offer some tips on eating intuitively during the holidays.
Christmas is just around the corner, and the holiday parties and shopping…
The Eating Guidelines: #5 Eat Until You Are Satisfied
I don’t want to take much of your time apologizing for my lack of posts lately; so I am just going to say that I am back and continuing on with my series on the Eating Guidelines..
In honour of this new “home” for the blog, I am doing a series based on…
Anonymous asked: i'm recovering from a year long eating disorder. during the day i can eat pretty normally, but around bedtime, usually between 9 and 12, i am STARVING. i'm also in a "screw it" type of mindset. i've tried eating more throughout the day, more protein... nothing helps. i haven't been weighing myself but i'm terrified of how much weight i might have put on.
I am sorry you are going through such a difficult time, just know it doesn’t have to last forever - even though it may feel like it. It is difficult for me to offer extensive advice in this situation, but perhaps you are not eating enough for dinner? Also, there is nothing wrong with having a snack before bed. I often do this. Some of my favourites are nutella on toast, honey on melba toast, or some oatmeal. Remember, your number one priority is taking care of your body - and right now that means feeding it when it needs to be fed.
You can trust your body - remember that. Intuitive eating is all about building this trust. I understand the “screw it” mindset - but that is no way to live and is unnecessary. Just because you are hungry before bed doesn’t mean you have to resort to “screw it”. Think about it, typically you eat breakfast around 7-9am and then lunch around 11-1pm and then again dinner around 5-7pm, so that means you are eating around every 3-4 hours. Well if you have dinner around 5 or 6, it is only normal that you would be hungry again three or four hours later.
As for weight - that’s when you should say SCREW IT! Weight doesn’t matter - weightloss or weightgain (unless you are attempting to gain weight as part of recovery for an ED such as anorexia). So screw it if you have gained weight. It’s not about weight. It’s about taking care of your body. Weight isn’t a good indicator of health, anyways. And though society may tell us otherwise, it is not an indicator of beauty, either.
Just focus on the truth. And pick up a copy of “Intuitive Eating” by evelyn tribole and elyse resch and some Geneen Roth books if you haven’t.
Hang in there - you can do it!
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The Eating Guidelines: #4 Eat What Your Body Wants
To my regular readers, forgive my little “hiatus” – I was busy doing things like writing exams, finishing my undergraduate degree – yay! – and travelling to Africa all summer. Now to continue on with the series…
In honour of this new “home” for the blog,…
Anonymous asked: Hi, I started eating intuitively last week after realizing I had bigger food and body image problems than I realized - I go through cycles of binging and restricting food intake. I want to eat intuitively, but there's a problem: Most of the time, I have little appetite, and when I do feel like eating, I rarely feel physically hungry. I know I haven't been getting enough calories, and as proof of that, I've been bingeing on chocolate (my Kryptonite) the last couple of days. What should I do?
Hi! Thanks for the question.
I came across a similar question awhile back, and here is a blog related to it so you may find that helpful: http://honouringappetite.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/faq-what-if-im-not-hungry-for-breakfast
Sometimes it is a matter of just starting to eat. If you get in the cycle of skipping main meal times (breakfast/lunch/dinner) then your body can go into “starvation move”, which can cause it to stop sending you “hunger cues.” - you know when you’re in a theatre or on a long road trip and you are SO hungry you can’t stand it, then thirty minutes later, if you haven’t eaten anything, that hunger feeling subsides? This is what I’m talking about - and it may be part of what is happening to you.
I recommend reading the Intuitive Eating book if you haven’t yet (always my #1 recommendation!) and ensuring that you are eating at least your three main meals each day and you will likely find overtime that your hunger cues return.
Re: bingeing on chocolate - 1) chocolate is NOT kryptonite! No food is kryptonite. Food is never bigger, stronger or more powerful than us. And food is never “bad”. by calling chocolate your “kryptonite” you are giving it more power than it deserves and also implying that it’s something “bad” for you, which will then lead you on days when you feel lazy/guilty/rebellious to binge on it. Chocolate has no power over you.
2) the bingeing is likely caused by the body’s lack of proper nutrition. Again, if you focus on getting your three meals in, you will likely find the bigeing subsides. And if it’s emotional eating, that’s when you have to deal with the psychological aspect of things (Geneen Roth’s books are great at this! “Breaking Free from Emotional Eating” is a must read!)
Hope this helps!
Note: please keep in mind that I am not a professional nutritionist, nor have I studied nutrition beyond my investigations into eating disorder recovery & Intuitive Eating; therefore, my opinions/suggestions are not to be taken as an official ‘Nutrition plan’ nor are they to replace an eating plan for those in recovery from eating disorders.
missnutrition asked: Hey! Love your blog SO much! I was wondering if you have any recommendations for other blogs that promote intuitive eating/mindful eating/body positivity/anti-diet/etc? I'm having a hard time finding any besides yours, and that's all I want/need on my dash. Thanks!
Other sites I like:
- “A Healthy Paradigm” http://www.ahealthyparadigm.wordpress.com <- Jodie has a Facebook page, too, and she also writes for Libero Network!
- “Eating as a Path to Yoga” http://eatingasapathtoyoga.wordpress.com/
- http://intuitiveeating.com <- the official Intuitive Eating blog
Hope this helps! :)