Eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life. If you think about it, we celebrate everything with food . Meetings, parties, a brief meeti...
Eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life. If you think about it, we celebrate everything with food. Meetings, parties, a brief meeting with a friend. How then do we do so that what we eat does not fill us with guilt?
In 1995, nutritionists Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch created a new method called " intuitive nutrition ", which proposes making friends with food and instinctively listening to the signals of our body. That is, eat when our body asks for it.
But I want to eat all day!
Many people eat all the time to satisfy anxiety or a craving, but not necessarily out of hunger. The experts assure in their study that a conscious diet is possible and can bring us great benefits to health.
On many occasions, when we decide that it is time to stop with bad eating habits, we impose severe diets and make strict changes that are difficult to sustain. It is there when we give up and go back to eating everything that makes us gain weight quickly; and with it, our frustration increases.
Intuitive eating proposes listening to the true signals sent by the body in order to choose the best options. It sounds very difficult when all you want when you get home is to eat a good slice of pizza. But the benefits of this method are so many that you can quickly incorporate it as a habit of life.
Eat without guilt
Submitting to a fixed and strict menu on a diet to lose weight often makes us feel guilty when we want to eat one more gram of cheese. When food is an escape route to different situations in life, all we want is to satisfy that desire to eat something that gives us immediate pleasure. And then the guilt comes.
Intuitive eating proposes that we stop obsessing over what we eat, listening to our body, but being aware of everything that does us good and everything that deteriorates our health. Thus, little by little, you will know how to differentiate between the feeling of real hunger and the anxiety that calls you to eat something sweet.
The most difficult thing is to become aware that we are what we eat. The true nutrition of our body is based on food, and not on products. When we understand this, our chip changes and we begin to choose those more natural foods. And when you always eat naturally, eating ice cream or pizza from time to time is not part of your worries.
Pillars of intuitive eating
This philosophy is far removed from diets and its objective is not simply to lose weight, as this will be a consequence in the medium term. Its true purpose lies in changing our relationship with food to ensure a conscious and healthy diet.
This way of eating has its fundamental pillars so that you can carry it out regularly in your life:
Learn to listen to your body: Am I eating out of hunger, out of anxiety, out of sadness?
Prepare what you are going to eat yourself, consciously choosing all the ingredients
Learn to recognize the feeling of fullness
Knowing how to recognize the responses your body gives to what you eat (satiety, stomach pain, bloating, more or less energy, etc.)
Finding pleasure in things other than food
Focus on nourishing your body and not just satiating yourself
Avoid blaming yourself all the time for what you eat or don't eat
Reject the diet mentality
Intuitive eating in everyday life
Carrying out this type of diet suggests that we take life from another point of view. Eating should be pleasant, yes, but it is also pleasant knowing that you are eating foods that make you feel good in the short and long term.
Thus, you will see that although eating a hamburger with fries gives you pleasure, then you feel bad not only because of guilt but because of how your body processes it. Choosing instead a homemade hamburger, prepared by yourself with lean meat, will give you double satisfaction knowing that you are eating something delicious and healthier at the same time.
It is not about never eating those processed products that are so much in our sights, but about minimizing them little by little and not making them the protagonists of all our meals. We live in such a busy society that it is normal for us to solve meals with what we can, we are not going to be martyred for it either; But as long as we do this exercise of choosing conscientiously, we will be doing more for our health.
In the long run, strict diets only bring frustration
You start a diet, it's great for you because you manage to lose those extra kilos in a week. In a short time, you notice that you have regained almost all of the lost weight. So you wonder what you've done wrong.
Strict diets can "save" us for a while, when you need that dress to fit you, for example. But they should in no way be a lifestyle.
Intuitive and conscious eating then proposes that we stop obsessing over the body, with the perfect figure, and with the ideal model. It invites us to understand that the food we choose is essential for our vitality, energy, and health.
The challenge is not only to choose healthy foods conscientiously but to know how to listen to the signals that our body gives and let go of guilt when there is no other option but to eat a sandwich at the office.
Remember to always consult those in the know and never start a strict eating plan without your doctor's permission. Taking care of you is loving you.