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National eating healthy day!

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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Do you feel like you have tried every diet out there and failed? Well I am about to change your life, enter intuitive eating.
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Tired of dieting? Try Intuitive Eating

Do you feel like you have tried every diet out there and failed? Well I am about to change your life, enter intuitive eating. In this new approach, you can eat whatever your body craves (even that cheeseburger and fries!). The catch – you must learn to eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Seems to be that with this diet filled world, many of us have forgotten how to just…eat.

Do not be mistaken, this is not a diet. It is considered a non-diet, weight-neutral approach. The focus is on total health and well-being, rather than weight loss. You might even be amazed that your body actually craves healthy foods once it’s not thought of as a punishment.

If any of this resonates with you, check out the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating as summarized below:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality – Throw out your diet books an magazine articles.
  2. Honor Your Hunger – When you are hungry, eat.
  3. Make Peace with Food – Give yourself unconditional permission to eat any food.
  4. Challenge the Food Police – Throw out terms like good food and bad food.
  5. Respect Your Fullness – Listen to your body and stop when you are full.
  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor – Food is pleasurable! Enjoy it.
  7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food – Food won’t fix any of your feelings.
  8. Respect Your Body – Love the body that you have right now.
  9. Exercise-Feel the Difference – Learn how much better your body feels with movement.
  10. Honor Your Health – Balance your tastebuds while making you feel well. You don’t have to eat perfect to be healthy.

As you can see, a major component of this program is acceptance. Making peace with yourself and your body, learning to not use on food for emotional support, etc. This little graphic says so much.

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For more information on intuitive eating check out the book that made it famous, Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch.

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