- Understanding eating habits
- What is Mindful Eating
- Benefits of Mindful Eating
- What is Intuitive Eating
+ How I can help you
Why do we eat what we do?
If you were to talk to a family member, friend, neighbour and local business owner, they would likely all have unique stories as to the types of foods they eat, the times of the day they eat and what drives them to make the food choices they do. For some people, their eating habits can be frustrating when they negatively impact their health goals. Sometimes we don't understand why we do the things that what we do. I believe that mindful and intuitive eating skills are the key to understanding and then changing eating habits.
Some of the influences on eating:
What is Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is about bringing awareness to your interactions with food and while you're eating. The aim is to pay closer attention to your physical sensations, thoughts, emotions, feelings, eating habits and triggers/cues to eat. From traditional mindfulness practice, bring curiosity to the moment to better understand yourself and your environment, without judgement on yourself or food. Initially while learning and practising, you'll need to put in the effort, but over time, mindful eating will become more instinctual.
Benefits of Mindful Eating:
What is Intuitive Eating
Intuitive Eating is ultimately about listening to and trusting your body to tell you when, what and how much food to eat at any given time (considering we need different amounts of energy on different days and at different times depending on activity, sleep, stress, temperature, menstrual cycle etc). With the premise that we are the experts of our own bodies, we can learn to differentiate between physical, emotional and other triggers of hunger, appetite and fullness.
On the surface, intuitive eating may sound simple, but it can be quite complex. "Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full” may sound like a no-brainer, but when you have a history of chronic dieting or rigid 'healthy eating' rules, it's actually difficult. Difficulty comes from a number of things need to be in place, including the ability to trust your body and have less judgement on yourself and all foods.