I get lots of great questions about intuitive eating and Health at Every Size, but there’s one that sticks out: How to eat intuitively when I don’t trust my intuition about food?
It’s one that I’ve heard a few times recently. And, it’s an excellent question! Intuitive eating sounds great, but what if you don’t trust your body and brain to tell you what to eat? The good news is that you don’t need to have an answer to this question before starting your intuitive eating journey. Answering this question is the journey.
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Learning how to eat intuitively is the same thing as learning to trust your intuition about food.
Think that intuitive eating is only for people who have A+ intuition when it comes to what, when, and how much to eat? You’re wrong. Of course it seems that way. Intuitive eaters made the decision to quit dieting, then spent considerable time and effort learning to trust their bodies.
What I’m saying is: Learning to hear and trust your intuition is the main part of the journey towards intuitive eating.
I’ll be honest: Unlearning all the diet and food rules you currently abide by (consciously or not!) takes some time. If you sometimes feel guilty about eating something, or if you find yourself adding up calories in your head despite your best efforts not to, THAT’S OK. It doesn’t mean you can’t learn to be an intuitive eater, it just means you’re not as far along in the journey yet.
If intuitive eating was only for people who already knew how to eat intuitively, what would be the point?
That would be like saying that you’re only allowed to learn chemistry if you perfectly understand chemistry already. Or that you’re only allowed to do a couch-to-5K if you’ve run a 5K before. That’s just not how it works! The whole point of learning is that at the end of the journey, you’re able to do things that you weren’t able to do before.
That’s not to say that it’s always easy.
In the end, intuitive eating makes your life easier — a more peaceful relationship with food means less stress and more time/energy to do other things. But at first? It’s not easy, and it might not feel intuitive at all.
If you’re looking for some guidance on your intuitive eating journey, I can help.
If you can’t stop tracking food or adding up calories in your head, my free Stop Counting Calories Challenge is a great place to start.
Calorie counting is a big early obstacle to intuitive eating. Often, if you’ve counted calories in the past, it seems impossible to get those numbers out of your head.
During the free 7-day Stop Counting Calories Challenge, I’ll send you daily emails with a journal prompt and a very quick activity (some only take a couple seconds!). By the end, you’ll have more insight into how calorie counting actually makes you feel, and how to stop. Sign up here, and see how much progress is possible in just 7 days!
If you’d rather get personalized, one-on-one support, schedule a free discovery call to learn about what my coaching services can do for you.
I offer 3-month and 6-month intuitive eating coaching programs. Each one includes an in-depth initial session during which we’ll talk all about your relationship with food, struggles, motivations, and goals. Then, you’ll get bi-weekly check-in calls, ongoing support via text chat, and regular readings and journal prompts to guide your journey. Schedule a free discovery call to learn more!