This is the final episode in our Intuitive Eating 101 series, and it is last for reason! Gentle nutrition is amazing, but it can also be turned into a “diet” pretty quickly if you aren’t in the right place. That’s why I encourage you to consider releasing restrictions and practicing some body love and self care FIRST.
Most of my clients don’t reach this phase till about 6 months into their practice (and that’s while working with a coach), so you shouldn’t force yourself to move too quickly here.
“Gentle” is the key concept!
I would advise taking a small step forward to start. For instance, try adding another vegetable or a new grain into your daily consumption. Maybe make it your goal to add it into your dinner. (Don’t force it, and don’t restrict anything else. Just add a grain or veggie you might enjoy!)
Next step: check in with yourself.
How do you feel?
What impact has the change had on you?
How is your body responding?
There isn’t a single way of eating that serves every person in the world in the same way. Our bodies are unique, and we want to honor that with intuitive eating. Again – we aren’t forcing anything here.
We’re going to ease our way in and try out some gentle nutrition!
No matter what you find out, try to stay away from language like:
“I can’t eat that.” or “That food is bad for me.”
You might notice you don’t love how you feel after you eat something, or that your body doesn’t handle a certain food very well. That’s normal!
Try incorporation this phrase instead: “I choose…”
When you understand that what you eat (or don’t eat) is about your own choices, you can feel empowered rather than feel restricted.
(And don’t forget — you can join the FREE Food Freedom and Body Confidence Challenge here — it kicks off October 7th!)
P.S. Food allergies and sensitive should always be approached with the help of a doctor or nutritionist. I don’t want to downplay any of those!