WHAT IS INTUITIVE EATING?
Eating Intuitively is the ability to understand what you need instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. Essentially, it’s the opposite of a traditional diet. It doesn’t impose guidelines about what to avoid and what or when to eat. Instead, it teaches that you are the best person, and the only person, to make those choices.
It is a way of relating to yourself, to your food, your health and your needs on a physical, biological, psychological and spiritual level. It takes us away from the Diet Traps of Restrictive Eating, Punishing Behaviours, Fighting Fat, Denying ourselves of nourishment to reach some percieved image of perfection.
Each of us has a completely unique relationship with food. We have our past experiences, our current belief systems around our bodies, our worth and our thoughts about food. Intuitive Eating allows us to break down some of the limiting constructs that we have created around our eating behaviours, and allows us to come from a place of relaxed curiosity, self love and self acceptance and knowing.
What forms our relationship with food, and how did we get so far away from our own Intuition?
As the world we live in continually expands, our own ideas, customs, beliefs and social behaviours will also be shaped. It can be shaped by the people we have around us, our family, friends, the country we live in, the media we consume. There are many things that begin to mold us from a very young age. Food is a big money making industry, as are other industries such as fashion, medicine, surgery. We are exposed to advertising on a sub-concious level every day, The Diet and Health industry itself can often be a wolf in sheeps clothing, offering to solve all of your problems. Quick Fat loss Tools, Drop a dress size, Get a bigger booty, and then, and only then can you be happy. it is easy to see how we can get so far away from what we really need, what we really want to be happy and healthy. Take the recent trend around getting a 'Big Booty'. Now we see many women risking their lives to get fat drawn out of their stomachs, and injected into their buttocks because they believe this is the way to finally feel happier about themselves. They feel they will be more complete as a person. Did this come from a place of intuitively knowing what they needed? Or was this a belief system that they created, felt controlled by?
Many of us are in the cycle of postponing our happiness until we reach that size, that weight, that shape. We have been conditioned to believe we are not enough, not pretty enough, sexy enough, skinny enough to what? To find love, to be accepted. So our bodies and our body image have become so intertwined with the food we eat. We have gotten further and further away from fuelling ourselves for vitality, for life, to create, to expand, to grow. It can then become this fear state around food. If I eat that piece of cake, I will be fat, I will not be loved or accepted. Our relationship with food over time has become more about feeling guilt and shame around desire, denying ourselves of nourishment and nurture, and hating ourselves for not being good enough.
How do we reconnect to our own Inherent Intuition?
It is important to note the place we eat from can have a huge impact on the bodies physiology. So what feelings are we eating to soothe, and what state are we in whilst we're eating. Self attack generates a physiologic stress response in our bodies, leading to hormonal imbalances, weight gain, compromised gut function and more. To tune into our intuition we will not only be looking at food itself, but we will be looking at our emotions, our relationships, our desires, our purpose, our daily behaviours. Everything you need to know is within you, it's just about now shedding the layers that have become a burden, to allow that deep knowing to filter through.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
IFBB PRO Athletes Rosie Rascal Harte & Claire McGrath on a mission to spread our combined learnings from many disciplines and industries to help you on your journey of personal development with your health, vitality and abundance. We are here to guide you to manifesting the life and relationship with food you have always wanted. How we relate to food affects so many different things in our lives that we may not even be aware of. We will help you discover what's holding you back and give you the tools to manage yourself to take you forward for life.