The staggering amount of misconceptions regarding healthy food or eating “right” are so off-tangent that it can send anyone who finally decides to bring a positive change in their lives running to the hills.
Has it ever happened to you that the moment you omit the "H" word everyone around you has a huge to-do list of SHOULD and SHOULD NOTs? Like those cranky “dieticians” with problematic self-image issues coming out of their caves to “advise” you that everything you’ve been doing and eating is wrong. Or have your jock bros pressuring you to do 32 hours of workout because that’s the only way. Or those misleading advertisements that make you believe that the one solution to all your digestion, acne, congestion problems is their green tea. The main thing that hinders us from having a consistent diet plan is the maintenance. This constant back and forth of making decisions make us less motivated and trigger our impulses to just drop everything and quit.
So, if you are done with being misled, maniacally calculating your calories, and eating tasteless food then congrats dear soul for you’ve stumbled upon the right place. From now on you won’t let any nutrition scale, ideal size or number define what is good for you. You won’t starve yourself; police eating habits or feel guilty for eating what you want.
We have always known that there’s a correlation between food and mood. The type of food we eat and the bacteria it has, highly affects how we feel and behave. Low-quality, processed food creates fluctuations in your blood sugar, promotes inflammation and disrupts the regulation of insulin. Whereas, if you start being a little bit more considerate to yourself you can reduce the chances of suffering from age-related cognitive decline and your brain muscle from shrinking.
The first and foremost approach towards intuitive eating is being mindful of the sources and ingredients of your food. Keep a track of your eating habits and figure out the pattern for your hunger pangs and at what stage do you decide to do something about it. Seek out cues for when you feel you’re craving something and check if they arise from some emotions (Sadness, anger, boredom, happiness, nervousness).
Let’s say you recognize a pattern of unhealthy eating. Now start with something small. If you eat one large bowl of gummy bears while watching movies, then change it up to a medium-sized portion, then replace gummy bears with healthier options such as smoked nuts, baked chips, seed crackers. Don't just expect everything to change with one snap of fingers. Don’t. Take baby steps. Build yourself up for change and be willing to accept the changes good for you.
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