By now, you’ve taken our Nourished Quiz “What’s Your Eating Personality?” If you haven’t yet and are interested in taking this free quiz, check it out here! It takes less than a minute to complete and will provide you with:
- Clarity in what type of eater you are
- Steps to feeling confident in your eating habits
- Guidance on how to eat with balance
Now if you’ve taken it and you’re an Intuitive Eater, then keep reading!
As an intuitive eater, you trust your body to make choices around food that feels good for your body. You make food choices based on satisfaction, hunger, and fullness, and you do so unapologetically. Today, we’re going to discuss these details in more depth and then discuss next steps to continue moving forward with your balanced eating habits.
The 4 characteristics of an Intuitive Eater:
- You give yourself unconditional permission to eat
Intuitive eaters give themselves unconditional permission to eat. You have no rules when it comes to food. You have no off limit foods, and you allow yourself to eat all food groups. All foods can fit, and you can have as much as you want. As you can tell, this differs from the many diets out there that puts foods and food groups in a box. Diets define the foods that we can eat, the amount that we can eat, and the timing of our meals.
- You eat for physical instead of emotional reasons, majority of the time
You typically eat for physical reasons instead of emotional ones. Physical reasons implies physical hunger. This isn’t to say that you never have or will emotionally eat, it implies that you eat for physical reasons more so than emotional ones. In conjunction with characteristic #1 above, you eat any and all foods for those physical reasons.
- You’re in tune with you hunger and fullness cues
You know when you’re hungry, and you know when you’re full. You tell yourself these internal cues, and start/ stop eating in response to these signals. You’re able to trust your body to tell you when and how much to eat, and you don’t need to second guess yourself. Being in tune with your internal cues comes naturally and you don’t need to rely on dieting apps to log your food or calories.
- You have body and food choice congruence
You prioritize your health (hello, that’s why you’re here!), and therefore make your food choices based on that, in addition to what your taste buds want. It’s about balance. The food choices that you make feel good. You’re in control of your eating, and you’re confident in that. There’s no eating of food that makes you feel like crap, and your binging and overeating days are gone.
So there you have it, the four characteristics of an Intuitive Eater!
Now, are you curious to how you can continue to support yourself in creating and maintaining balanced eating habits?
We’ll walk you through a mindfulness exercise that our students in our Your Nourished Route self-paced program learn to build consistent eating habits that are stress-free.
One of the skills that you can (and should,) learn to incorporate into your everyday routine is to be more mindful about your eating habits and check in with yourself more frequently. This can help you to make more intentional choices when it comes to your eating habits and find more balance in your food choices.
When it comes time to eat, or if you’re thinking about food, ask yourself the following questions:
- How am I currently feeling – am I hungry? Am I full?
- Why do I want to eat now? Is it for emotional reasons? Am I stressed?
- Are there distractions around me?
- Am I in the mindset of putting a food into “good” vs “bad” categories
In doing so, you’re more likely to continue on your journey as an Intuitive Eater and create eating behaviors that are effective, easy, and joyful.
And the last question that you can always ask yourself is “What can I add to this meal or snack to make it more nourishing?”
This is a simple tactic that can be a game changer when it comes to your eating habits and reaching (and sustaining) your nutrition goals! When we’re so committed to our health and nutrition, we often focus on what we can eliminate or restrict. Instead, if we change our mindset to what we can ADD to a meal, we can find food more enjoyable. This will make your life (and cooking,) easier, more efficient, and less overwhelming.
So – what’s the final thing that you need to create and maintain balanced eating habits.
Your next step:
If you’re ready to give up on the stress, confusion, and frustrations you feel when it comes to healthy eating, we invite you to start your journey to living your best life in this course.
This is exactly what Your Nourished Route self-paced course was designed to achieve.
Your Nourished Route is a 4-week self-paced course designed to build your own foundation of nutrition, create confidence in what and how to eat for your body, and generate an effortless system that will help keep you on track with your health goals.
I’ve been in your shoes. I’ve felt confused about what to eat and have felt overwhelmed by all of the nutrition information that’s out there. I’ve done the research for you so that you don’t have to feel this way.
Your Nourished route was designed to give you a place to start so you can feel clarity and confidence when it comes to your eating habits.
This is just the start of your nourished journey!
If there’s anything I can support you with, or if you have any questions, you can schedule a free discovery call with me here.