• Emma Green

Perfectionism in intuitive eating

When you come from a diet mentality, it’s easy to carry the same mindset into intuitive eating. Thinking that there is one perfect way to eat and if you’re not doing that then you’re messing it up. There is no such thing as a perfect way of eating. Intuitive eating is about doing what feels best for you, taking into consideration your own bodily cues, the situation you’re in and what you know about how different foods make you feel. If you eat past fullness, it’s not a big deal. It might just be a bit longer until you feel hungry again. Equally, you might find you’re a little more energetic later in the day from having some extra food. Nothing magical happens after one meal, your body works on much longer time frames to balance things out. There is always something to learn about an eating experience if you’re willing to look for it. If you can work on being mindful without being judgmental, it is such a valuable skill. I think it’s also worth pointing out that intuitive eating doesn’t necessarily mean cooking every meal from scratch, eating slowly sitting at a table and eating highly nutritious food. It might sometimes mean grabbing something on the go, eating whatever food is available and using whatever time you have to eat it. Eating is self care and getting enough to fuel yourself is more important than adhering to particular routines or rituals. Although intuitive eating can sound complicated and difficult because of the societal meanings attached to food and bodies, it is just eating. It’s the way we were born eating. It’s just as much a process of unlearning as it is a process of learning.

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