Intuitive Eating Experiences

Choco M&M. My rating: 3/5.

All blog posts should be profound, perfectly formed and at least 500 words long!

But because I’ve been in a bad mood lately, I decided to publish a short and fragmented post today..

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 It’s been 2.5 months since I committed myself to learning intuitive eating. I’m still very much a beginner,  but I’m definitely seeing some positive results: my diet is more varied. That’s because I don’t eat only “safe” foods anymore. I also choose foods based on how much I expect to enjoy them, not just their healthfulness or calorie/fat/carb/protein content.

My first step in intuitive eating was to make peace with food. It means I gave myself permission to eat foods I usually avoid. That’s why I’ve eaten treats almost every day for 2.5 months. I started with ice cream and then proceeded to chocolate, sweets and other “heavy stuff”.

Looks like I’m also uncovering my real food preferences  – for instance hot chocolate with whipped cream wasn’t nearly as good as I expected – too greasy! I’ve also been methodical about testing chocolate and I came to the conclusion I like milk chocolate the most – I’m no dark chocolate fan and no amount of research about health benefits of chocolate is going to change that.

And like you can see, Choko M&M:s didn’t impress me much. 🙂

There are still plenty of foods I haven’t experimented with – for instance pizza. I just haven’t felt like eating pizza yet.

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My biggest challenge re intuitive eating has been mindless (unconscious) eating – I often find it difficult to calm down enough to focus on tasting and savoring what I eat. Even when I’m not busy, my mind is busy wandering from one thing to another and I often realize I’ve finished my meal and have no idea what it tasted like.

Eating like an automaton is not a recipe for getting satisfaction.

What about my weight?

I think I’ve gained some weight since I started intuitive eating in August.

I can’t say how much exactly, because I haven’t weighed myself for 1,5 months. I also have no intention of weighing myself in near future, because I don’t want to endanger my learning process by hopping on scales – I would probably just start unconsciously restricting my diet if I weighed myself right now.

I think I’m already a bit bored with my daily chocolate bars. When you can eat what you want whenever you want, having chocolate every day is not that interesting.

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Thanks for reading my ramblings today!

P.S. If you’re interested in intuitive eating , also check my other posts on the topic – learning intuitive eating and “diet without dieting“.

Comments

  1. Hi Satu! If I went intuitive, I’d be 30 pounds more. I’ve never been a naturally slim person. Even as a 5 year old, I tended toward chubby. So I have rules that must be followed most of the time because some part of me wants to morph into an elephant. 😀

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      You might be surprised if you tried it, Marion! 🙂 I haven’t felt the need to eat huge amounts of chocolate, candy etc, small dose is usually enough to satisfy my inner cookie monster. 🙂

      I think that I may’ve actually started losing weight again, which is supposed to happen when you have a more relaxed attitude to eating. Sometimes I wish I could lose my extra weight faster, but I try to accept the fact that it takes time (like 12 months) to adopt a new way of eating.

  2. Satu, I ‘m going to presume that you know that there is a book with the title “Intuitive Eating A Revolutionary Program That Works” by Evelyn Tribolie & Rlyse Resch. I”m not far enough into the book to comment either for or against the Program. But I certainly will in some form when I’m finished with the book..

    Glad to hear that you are finding out that things you thought might be good, aren’t. Regarding Pizza it can be home made using 50% Whole Wheat Flour, which should make it more healthy and free of the problems that store bought pizza has(both from Pizzeria’s and grocery stores).

    • Satu says:

      Hi Robert! I use Tribole and Resch’s book as my intuitive eating guide and I *love* it.

      It’s good you remind me about the possibility to make home-made pizza with whole wheat flour. If I want pizza I’m probably going to make it myself and make it good! 🙂

  3. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Got your message about your recent yoga. Make a post about it! I think the feeling and experience with it, what poses you did, etc… are very interesting. I’m not sure how long it’s been since your last yoga and how that affected your workout, but since you’re naturally flexible, not probably the Err! that I have after having a week or so off from the gym. I’m curious about all of it.

    🙂 Marion

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