How to start intuitive eating
Intuitive eating can seem really overwhelming if you've been tracking calories/macros for a long time. Getting started is often the hardest part. Here are 3 ways to help make the transition easier:
1. Get rid of judgment about food: Before beginning intuitive eating, you need to have worked on your mindset around food. If you still think of foods as 'good' or 'bad' then intuitive eating is unlikely to work well for you as it will become another form of restrictive dieting. It's great to be aware of the different nutritional properties of foods but this shouldn't translate into a binary view of food. 2. Pay attention to your hunger cues: We are often really out of touch with our hunger cues, particularly if we have a history of restrictive dieting. Getting to know when we tend to be hungry, how hungry we are, what foods are more or less filling is hugely helpful when navigating intuitive eating. Learn about the different ways that hunger manifests for example, maybe you notice low energy, low blood sugar etc before your stomach starts to rumble etc. 3. Figure out some staple meals: Intuitive eating doesn’t have to mean ‘winging it'. Think about some meals that you particularly enjoy and are easy to prepare. These can be really helpful, especially in the beginning when you are finding it hard to identify what you want to eat. It can also ensure that you are not spending too much of your day thinking about food.