Listen and trust your body cues

Mar 31, 2020

 by Marty Skele

Ever feel like you’re out of touch with your body’s signals when it comes to when to eat, what to eat, and/or how much?


It’s especially common if you’ve been following diets or restrictive eating patterns to lose or gain weight, or because of participating in sports that emphasize a certain “look” or use weight classes.


Relearning how to recognize and trust your body’s signals can take time, patience and practice. Here’s a great quote:


“Good nutrition isn’t rigid, restrictive, or complicated.” – Unknown


One of the biggest fears people have when they start out with intuitive eating is thinking they will start eating foods they think are “bad” for them, and not want to stop.


The reality is that if you’re following the principles of intuitive eating, this is very unlikely to happen.


You need to trust yourself. Over time, your body will rebalance, and you’ll easily be able to recognize what feels good and what doesn’t.


If you’re just getting started and are experimenting with intuitive eating, it’s a good idea keep this basic info handy:


  1. Drink enough water (at least 0.3x your bodyweight every day).


  1. Protein is the most satiating nutrient – it will help you stay feeling fuller, longer. (Note: this doesn’t make it “good” or “bad,” but if you find yourself feeling hungry soon after eating, adding it to your meals can help.)


  1. Fiber and nutrient-dense foods (like veggies and fruits) will help your body function optimally.


  1. Some foods (like sugary, processed foods) can affect your hormones, leading you to want to eat more – ie. you might get a headache or feel super tired or grouchy if you suddenly stop eating them.


  1. Studies prove “ultra-processed” foods drive us to eat more (due to their Bliss-Point), since they are so addictive, plus they generally contain zero healthy nutrients as unprocessed foods.


And if you find you are really struggling to tap into your body’s signals, you might want to reach out to a coach, registered dietitian, physician or therapist for some assistance!


Have you been more mindful of how you’re eating since we started this series on intuitive eating!? 


Shoot a reply and let me know!


Even though 2020 has started out a bit bumpy, this year is still YOURS! Time to make your goals a REALITY.


Check out our Online HYBRID COACHING to help you achieve your goals. 


Make it an amazing day,

Marty Skele