Have you ever felt guilt and/or shame after eating something? What is the cycle that then happens? Step 1. Make sure that the next day you are “perfect with eating” Step 2. Make sure you exercise off what you had Step 3. Try and not have that food again.
Hunger can be so much more than our stomachs growling. Our body can send us different signals for hunger such as: headache, irritability, nausea, loss of concentration, our throats have a gnawing feeling, light-headedness, decrease in energy, etc. These hunger cues can also be different at times, maybe at snack-time we are having a decrease in energy, and maybe for dinner we experience our stomach growling. Then there is the potential that this could flip flop the next day!
I personally love to establish goals and I find this to be a vital part of my business and my personal life. When I first started to write goals I would right down a few thoughts I had for the day or the week but many times I wasn’t able to accomplish them. This wasn’t because I wasn’t working hard enough at them, it was that I had made them too unattainable for that time period, or I had made them vague.
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.
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!
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.