It can be really hard to eat healthy these days. You probably know which foods are healthiest, which foods give you the nutrients you need or when to eat certain foods. Yet, that doesn’t always mean you eat them! Or you could be a little too obsessive with being healthy and always count calories or give yourself restrictive diets. How do you maintain a good balance? Listen to your intuition. This might sound a little hippy dippy, but give it a chance.
Instead of setting up a strict diet, calorie counting or bingeing, there are a few questions you can ask yourself before you eat a snack or a meal. It will help you to know what will make you feel good and give your body healthy fuel. It can also help you have a healthy relationship to your body and food.
- How will you feel in an hour? From past experience, we usually know which foods cause us stomach issues, guilty feelings or simply which foods cause us to feel good or bad. Your mind and body can tell you when you need a treat or when you know that sugary snack will cause a stomachache and a sugar crash later in the day when you know you’re busy.
- Listen to what your body wants. In the beginning, you may need help. When you’re craving something sugary or salty, look up what kind of nutrients you may be missing and choose a healthier option instead. Also make sure to listen to understand if you’re just thirsty or bored and trying to reach for a meal instead. Your body will communicate to you what it needs if you listen closely enough.
- Look at your plate. You should see a rainbow of colors to know you’re getting a variety of nutrients. Focus on what you eat and eat what feels best to you. For example, if broccoli always upsets your stomach, don’t eat it. Look for another healthy alternative to get the nutrients that broccoli would provide you. If you notice that eating sugary treats always gives you bad skin, cut back and have some fruit instead.
Do you engage in your intuition when eating? Did you know you can use your body and intuition to make healthier eating choices without being obsessive? Share with us your experiences!