Could your eating habits use an upgrade?
Are you done with diet culture and looking to create a healthier relationship with eating?
Did you know that how you eat is just as important as what you eat?
Maybe you’ve heard of intuitive eating, but what is it? Being mindful around eating sounds great too, but does that mean just chewing your food for a long time? And then there is intentional eating. What?
Your eating habits impact everything: from digestion and immune function to cravings and energy levels, to your mood.
This is one of the nutritional pieces often overlooked and a key component in my work with 1:1 work with clients as well as in Nourish Till You flourish, my 9-week small group coaching program.
Many of us struggle with our eating habits. Here are three approaches to eating that can elevate your health and wellbeing:
Mindful eating brings mindfulness to food choices and invites us to be present while cooking and eating so that we can truly savor our food without any judgment, guilt, anxiety, or inner negative commentary. The Center for Mindful Eating encourages us to become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating, reconnecting us with our innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety. The Center also reminds us of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices, and the impact of their food choices on those systems.
Intuitive Eating is a mind-body self-care eating framework and program, developed in the 1990’s by two dietitians based on their work in eating disorder recovery. There are 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating including, making peace with food, recognizing and honoring your hunger, and respecting your fullness. Intuitive eating is about trusting your body to make food choices that feel good for you, without judging yourself or the influence of diet culture.
Intentional eating is a healthy mixture of both mindful eating and intuitive eating, taking into account what is important to you and for your health and healing journey. Intentional eating moves you away from mindless eating and focuses on being intentional with your eating habits rather than reactive or automatic. Intentional eating also honors the values you hold around food and that can include ethics, sustainability, pleasure, equality and social justice, cost, health, and community.
These three non-diet approaches to eating are fundamentally about cultivating self-awareness, building self-trust, and teaching you how to be in connection with your own body. There’s no “right” or “wrong” way, there’s no all or nothing. It’s about learning to listen, trust and respect your inner wisdom.
When you implement a conscious way of eating you improve your health and revolutionize your relationship with food, your body, and yourself.
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Love, Your Wellness Coach,
P.S. -- Want more? Tune into podcast episode 107, “Mindful Eating, Intuitive Eating, Intentional Eating: What’s the Difference.”
January 11, 2023