When one’s body doesn’t get the energy it needs from food, it can trigger intense biological mechanisms that can affect the body both physically and mentally. Today, we often see eating or not eating as a matter of willpower. The focus is far too often on deprivation, when in reality, there is a biological need for energy. Interestingly, when deprivation is increased, there is a heightened desire for food, along with increased salivation and an increase in digestive hormones. Fueling your body with adequate energy, according to your hunger cues, will lead to moderate, mindful eating.
Our culture is obsessed with weight, health, nutrition, food, exercise etc. Many of my clients when I ask them about the health and wellness field, they quickly state they do have or had an obsession. The amount of disordered eating in our society is astounding. Some research has even stated that up to 50% of people in the world have a poor or disordered pattern with their eating. Whereas eating disorders (ED) make up 1 to 3% of the population.
When it comes to being an intuitive eater, cost can be seen as a potential barrier. How is one supposed to eat intuitively, with respect to their body’s signals, if they have a tight budget? From my own experiences as a college student, I can confidently say that not only can intuitive eating on a budget be accomplished, it can actually be enjoyable!
For several years I focused on the “wrong side of health.” The side of health, diet culture wants you to believe. The side of health that is punishment and restriction. The side of health that caused fear around foods. The side of health that caused me to have such a poor body image and critique everything “wrong about my body.”
Among many reasons, we should eat breakfast because it sets you up for a whole day of intentional choices. Often times, when we are deprived of nutrients early on in a day, we become ravenously hungry and make poor choices later on. Instead, fuel your body early on for more energy and mindful food choices throughout your day.
The pandemic has caused every person to reflect on their own health, especially when it comes to how well their immune system can put up a fight. To this end, many people have been looking for a way to boost their immune system or optimize its function. Public hygiene practices are essential any time, especially during a pandemic
The plate method is nothing new. It has been taught for many, many years and was actually first used for those with diabetes. Visually, it is easy to understand, and most of the time when working with individuals, we can tweak what they are currently eating to align with the mission of the plate method.