“Learning to listen to your body's cues can help point you toward a balanced way of eating that's right for you.” - Annie B. Kay
Let this be the year you forget about fad diets and learn to listen to your own inner wisdom. Eating healthy can be as easy as listening to your body. Here are 5 tips for intuitively eating well:
1. Slow Down & Savor the Flavor
Slowing down and consciously chewing your food has myriad benefits: It can improve digestion, reduce mindless munching in front of the TV or computer, and discourage the impulse to take a shortcut with processed food. Instead, you'll find yourself experiencing new flavors and observing your reactions to them.
2. Befriend & Understand Your Hunger
Hunger is a biological urge with attendant physical sensations: Your stomach rumbles, your energy dips, perhaps you even get irritable. But it's easy, particularly if you're in the habit of eating when you're bored or stressed, to lose touch with what hunger actually feels like. Reconnecting with the sensation of physical hunger is a crucial element of eating with conscious awareness and one that requires the ability to distinguish emotional cravings from physical messages of need.
3. Treat Your Cravings With Compassion
As you slow down and begin to pay more attention to what and when you eat, it will become easier to differentiate a craving from a message your body sends to tell you "This is a supportive food," or "This food may or may not work as well". Listen to your craving without judgment. Whether you consciously decide to eat the food you're craving or wait to see if the urge passes, the important thing is to stay conscious and connected with what you're eating.
4. Find the Middle Ground
Making a practice of eating just until you are gently sated can help you learn how much food is enough and also give you some commonsense tools for choosing which foods to make a part of your regular diet.
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