My Intuitive Eating Experience

March 25, 2010

At around 10 o’clock this morning I started noticing my typical signs of hunger- growling stomach, headache, difficulty concentrating, so I ate a few nuts.  About a half an hour later, my hunger came back.  I knew that eating more nuts would not satisfy me….what I really wanted was to eat my lunch! My initial thought was, “I already ate breakfast and it’s only 10:30 in the morning, I can’t eat my lunch.  I can’t eat lunch earlier than 11:30.“   Suddenly I realized that this was a completely unreasonable rule.  Who says you can’t eat your lunch at l0:30 in the morning?  I am sure that this thought came from our society and years of  being in environments (school, work), which have taught me to eat lunch at noon.  But in my current life, I can choose when and what I want to eat.   So, today, for the first time in my life, I ate my nicely packed lunch which included a salad, yogurt, and fruit at 10:30 in the morning and I was completely satisfied. 🙂 

The reason that I’m sharing this with you is that I think it’s important for everyone to listen to the voices in your head (or in your stomach :)); try to recognize any “food rules” that are dictating your eating; and to start to challenge them. Obviously my body was telling me that I needed food, if I had ignored it and ate “when it was time”, I probably would have had a completely different experience- extreme hunger, eating fast, probably overeating, then feeling sick, and possibly guilt.  But, instead, I chose to listen to my body, honor my hunger, and ignore external cues for eating (time).  The end result was feeling fueled properly, pleasure, and contentment.

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