Have you ever lost weight following a particular way of eating only to gain it back soon after? If so, you're not alone.
Based on a recent poll of my Instagram followers, no one who loses weight on a diet (or some would call it a lifestyle) keeps the weight off. Unless they go back on the same (or sometimes an even more restrictive) diet.
So why do we do it? Is it diet culture, is it how we were raised, or is it the standards of beauty we've been exposed to from an early age? Would you believe it's all three? Yep, all of these factors can play a role in how we feel about our bodies and how they look.
When I first heard about intuitive eating, I rolled my eyes. I thought that it was an excuse to eat whatever you want and not care about your body. In some ways, that's exactly what it is - without judgment. It took me about 4 years before I saw it for what it is, a way to finally love yourself and the body you're in, without trying to change it.
What I've learned is that it is so much more than that. In fact, its 10 principles seem really emotionally healthy. If you know anything about digestion, you know how important it is to be present when you eat and to try your best to get into "rest and digest" mode to keep your gut healthy.
To my autoimmune community, if you're restricting because certain foods trigger flares for you, please continue to do so. You can always modify the principles to fit how you eat so long as you don't bend them so far that the original design is lost.
To those of you with disordered eating, while this can help you, please seek professional help before deciding to follow these principles.
I plan to start using this model in my coaching (except for my autoimmune/disordered eating peeps), and I'd love to guide you in creating a plan to implement this in your life.
No meal plans, no macros, just listening to your body. If you're ready to make changes that help you thrive, let's talk.