If I could only choose one healthy living milestone to celebrate, it would be finally learning to eat intuitively. It took me a long time to get here and it’s one skill I’m most grateful for. Eating intuitively allowed me to get through pregnancy gaining an appropriate amount of weight, then losing it and become more fit than I’ve ever been.
Breakfast: half whole wheat bagel, guacamole (don’t judge until you try), 1 fried egg and half of a nectarine
Intuitive eating allows me the freedom to eat out and has taught me to get to know my body better by listening to it’s cues.
Lunch: lunch buffet at a new Indian restaurant
I have my times when I fail… more than 1 martini is never necessary- HEADACHE. Another basket of chips and salsa? Hmm…
A second plate at the buffet. Indian food may not be aesthetically pleasing, but it is SO. Good.
Overall I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. I focus on WHOLE foods. I don’t count, weigh or measure anymore (though again, I’m not against these methods). It feels good. It feels free.
Pre-yoga hydration. Note, I don’t really like coconut water, but add some pineapple and I can’t get enough!
Exercise helps, too.
Attempting to show you how sweaty I get at hot yoga. Picture doesn’t do it justice.
I also credit intuitive eating for allowing me to not worry about calories while breastfeeding. As anyone will tell you, breastfeeding makes you ravenous, but as we are in the process of weaning (more on that later), my need for extra food is dropping. Instead of worrying about calculating it, I just listen to my body. My hunger cues make necessary adjustments for me.
I don’t obsess anymore if I don’t know a food’s calorie count.
Like David’s delicious homebrew.
Intuitive eating allows me to enjoy fresh food for how it tastes, not its nutritional profile or calorie content.
Salmon and feta spiral, Urbane Grain tomato basil quinoa blend and power greens salad with a tomato from the garden.
Now, if I could make myself as relaxed about exercise. I’m still working on that. I stare at the distance on the treadmill and the mile marker when wogging outside. I constantly check the clock in yoga. I’m hoping I’ll eventually get to the place where I can let go and just enjoy the sweat session, but I’m not there yet.
Is there such thing as intuitive exercise?
Thanks for hosting WIAW, Jenn!
Are you an intuitive eater?