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“.