Our intuition can help us in many areas of our life and eating is just one of them. Our intuition is like a GPS system.
How many people have GPS systems on their car?
You all know what they are, right?
For the system to work, it simply needs to know where you are and where you want to go. You type in your exact destination and it plots the perfect course for you. Now imagine that you didn’t tell it where to go but you kept looking at the little screen, hoping you would get to where you wanted to go. It wouldn’t work!
Your life and your health is the same way. Often times we want to be healthier or achieve
certain things in our life, but we don’t communicate with ourselves.
When it comes to eating, here are some questions you can ask yourself before eating – this is
what I call Intuitive Eating and it involves more than just your mouth – it involves your whole
1. Make a conscious choice to eat.
Question yourself first to determine if eating is what you really want to do. Many of us eat on automatic pilot
Ask: Am I hungry?
Will food satisfy my hunger?
What would truly nourish me right now?
Do I choose to eat?
If you choose to eat, eat without resistance or punishment.
2. Ask your Body What it Wants.
Once you decide what to eat, consciously choose what to eat. Ask your body what it really wants right now. In the winter, your answers may be warm soups, cooked foods. In the summer, cooling foods like fruits.
3. Eat with Awareness.
Be there when you eat. Achieve the fullest experience of your food by tasting it, savoring it, paying attention to it, rejoicing in it. Eat not only the food, but the ambiance, the colors, the aromas, the conversation. Eat the entire experience.
4. Listen for Feedback.
Now that you have eaten, take a few minutes to relax, Reflect upon what you ate and how you ate it. Take 5 – 10 slow breaths, and then listen carefully to your body. Did you pay attention to the meal? Did the food satisfy you? What would you do differently?
5. Release the Meal.
After you finish, forget about food and eating for a while. Do something else. Do something you enjoy that has nothing to do with food. Many times we finish a meal but the meal never really ends because we continue to think
about what we ate, or what we shouldn’t have eaten, or what we will eat next. When we have a difficult time releasing food, we often cannot find anything meaningful to do after eating.
Ask yourself: What can I do now that is purposeful and enjoyable?
What is one thing that you found helpful that you are going to begin implementing?
Get Real Plan, LLC, 2011