Intuitive Eating - Break Through Your Weight Loss Plateau
Annnnd it’s Monday. Whoop whoop! I’m guessing I’m the only one excited about it being the start of another week?
Sorry for my not so contagious enthusiasm about everyone’s favourite day of the week 😉
Maybe this will cheer you up… get ready to hear the most adorable proposal plan!
I wandered over to work out of my one of my favourite coffee shops here in Ottawa, Ministry of Coffee. If you haven’t been there, you are missing out! Their staff is amazing- shoutout to Adam and my friend Shanna who can hook you up with mean earl grey iced tea if you’re in the mood. Anyways, back to the proposal story. I overheard the boyfriend telling a friend of his that he just wrapped up a meeting with a graphic designer who is helping him to create a dog bandana for his proposal. He’s organized a photo shoot with his girlfriend and dog, where he’s planning on putting the bandana on the pup which will read, “will you marry my dad?”
How freaking cute is that?!? I was like,“love does exist!”
But I’m still sticking with the single life. As adorable as that love story is 😉
So now that I’ve got all the mushy, love fest stuff out of the way, let’s get to the real stuff!
I’ve been itching to write this blog post all morning. You guessed it, this one is going to be a juicy one packed with all things intuitive related.
I’m a huge believer in following your intuition. Call me a hippie (which I totally am, I eat kale like it’s going outta style for goodness sake!) but I truly do believe that there is something greater out there. Some call it God or acknowledge it as a higher power – I like to say that it’s the Universe watching my back. So before you start teasing me in believe in “higher powers,” take a second to think back to the last time that you thought of someone you haven’t heard from for years and they magically called you later that day. Or that deja vu feeling you’ve had when you’re watching an event unfold. Or recurring number sequences that keep popping up. As I sat down to write this post, not only was the time 11:11, but my laptop battery had 11 percent. Coincidence? Not a chance. Last week I saw a guy walking down the street wearing a T-shirt with 444 on it. If that’s not the Universe trying to tell you something, I don’t know what is!
Your body, just like the Universe is trying to send you messages – only this time they are in the form of hunger, thirst, and energy. We are constantly receiving message and cues, but we often ignore and override them, writing them off as irrelevant.
For anyone looking to lose weight or just gain a better understanding of how their body works, intuitive eating is the way to go. It’s more than just eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. It’s about tuning into your meals during meal time and taking a moment to set your fork down and enjoy your food for once. It’s about recognizing and being able to separate true hunger from eating out of boredom.
The three most common reasons we eat beyond hunger is because we’re either:
- Emotional / Stressed
Anyone else guilty of eating while working on your laptop or while watching Tv because you want to be more productive? It’s a bad habit that most of us have because we are all so busy!
Losing weight doesn’t have to be so complicated, we choose to make it that way. We choose to shovel the extra cookies, cakes and ice cream into our mouths instead of dealing with the painful feelings surrounding our last relationship. We choose to continue eating past the point of fullness to fill a void or a gap that we think food can fill. It won’t. I’ve tried time and time again in the past – food will never be able to fill anything besides true hunger.
Eat to fuel your body, not feed your emotions.
This quote is bang on. Food is fuel, nothing more, nothing less. It is meant to be enjoyed and for you to take pleasure in consuming, but it was never meant to be your sympathetic friend after a long day at work or a fight with your spouse.
The next time you get the urge to continue to overeat and ignore your hunger cue, try asking yourself the following questions;
- Have I drunk any water today?
- Did I sleep well last night? (If not, can you go for a nap?)
- Am I eating to fuel my body or my emotions?
- What do I truly want right now? (A hug maybe?)
Listening to your body doesn’t have to be a battle and a half. It can be as simple as taking a deep breathe in, tuning the world out for a moment and asking yourself what you need.