Today is National Eating Healthy Day! The goal of today is to try and eat healthy. However, that does not necessarily mean eating vegetables and fruits all day. A new movement in the nutrition world is a concept called intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is being aware of what your body is telling you.
There is a campaign called Healthy at Every Size (HAES). This campaign utilizes intuitive eating to help promote a better body image and a better mindset. One problem that many people in the United States struggle with is overeating. Intuitive eating is an approach to help combat this. By being more in tune with your body, your mind and body will find a harmonized approach to food. The HAES movement is aimed to help support everyone from every size to race. The social, behavioral and biological factors that make you who you are, all influence your quality of life, this includes your eating habits.
Becoming more aware of when you eat, how often you eat and how full you are from one food item can help lead you down a different road to a relationship with food. You don’t have to change who you are and your eating habits, you simply become more conscious of the food that you are eating. This will allow your mind and body to fall into a better rhythm, which consequently can help change you eating habits further down the road.
Here are some steps on how to start the process and where to go next:
- First step to eating healthy is to become more aware of when you are eating and how full you are.
- Second step is allowing this process to take time and finding peace with food.
- Third step is to be able to respect when you are full. No shame in not finishing everything on your plate! Use a smaller plate, bowl or container and to help you feel and think you are full.
- Fourth step is to respect your body. Your body is your personal temple and you are the only one who knows how to keep it at peace. Listen to your body when it tries and tells you things!
- Finally, the last step is once you feel that you have a good grasp on intuitive eating, try become more aware of when you are moving. Exercise can help maintain a better metabolism as well as make you feel more awake. This will help you to have a better feeling of when to eat as well as when you are hungry and full. It also can eliminate extra food and drinks you digest to keep you awake.
- Important note: stop thinking about going on a diet! Everyone has their one treat that they can’t stay away from and you shouldn’t have to. Dieting can be hard on your body and mind which throws them out of sync completely. You don’t need to go on a diet to start or enhance your eating healthy habits.
Below is more information on HAES and intuitive eating:
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