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At last, we have arrived at the final principle of Intuitive Eating. A few things I want to mention, I loved the positive response that these posts have received. I’m so happy many of you are finding your own journey to intuitive eating and find my advice helpful. With that said I highly, highly encourage you to buy the book Intuitive Eating. My posts only scratched the surface of the detail the book goes into. And recently an Intuitive Eating workbook also came out which I haven’t set my own eyes on but seems like a really great way to figure out how to overcome some of the obstacles you might face while trying to eat intuitively. Now onto the last principle.
A lot of people are scared by the idea of Intuitive Eating because it throws the food rules out the window and they fear that they will only eat pizza and ice cream for the rest of their life. But Intuitive Eating does include nutrition (it was created by two Dietitians after all). But addressing nutrition can inadvertently lead back into the diet cycle if you have not fully given up the diet mentality. It’s a slippery slope between talking about nutrition and health and falling into a diet trap, and therefore it’s left until the very last principle.
If you’ve made it this far in the intuitive eating journey you’ve probably already realized that the phase of wanting to eat only pizza and ice cream is fleeting. Once you truly recognize that those foods are always available, you don’t want them all the time. And if you’re staying in tune with your body and honouring what it wants, you realize that your body craves proper nutrition. Your body will crave salads, smoothies, whole grain breads, etc.
But what is nutrition and what is healthy for our bodies? What should be a simple question gets ever so complicated by the media, the constantly changing fad foods and the faux science nutrition articles that get spread far and wide across social media.
Start with taking it back to the very basics. We all know some universal truths. We should eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. We should eat a variety of foods. We should drink plenty of water. We should eat fibrous foods including vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, and whole grains more often.
While these universal rules apply to pretty much everyone, nutrition isn’t one size fits all. That’s what makes it so complicated and why we get so many mixed messages. It’s true that some people cannot tolerate gluten or dairy but it’s not true for all people. And you may not be necessarily any healthier by avoiding it. When it comes to nutrition you are the expert on your own body. Only you know what foods make you feel good or bad, what foods you crave, and what foods satisfy you. So listen to your body and follow those cues as a starting point.
Once you’ve mastered the first step, it’s okay to look for more guidance on what foods are better for your body. Like, should you choose the cracker with added Omega-3 fats or not. Those are good questions to ask and good things to seek answers for. That is all provided that it doesn’t become the only criteria you use for choosing food. Nutrition should gently guide your choices but your intuition, cravings and satisfaction also determine what you eat. And if you start to notice that you’re choosing the cracker that tastes like sawdust because it’s supposed to be healthier, then you’re falling back into the diet trap and you need to take a step back. As I’ve said a million times – progress, not perfection.
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