Surprising side benefit of intuitive eating: noticing how your body feels between meals
Here is a quick story about someone’s experience. Now, your mileage may vary (i.e., this might not happen for you), but it wouldn’t be surprising if it did.
For years, one of their favorite secret treats has been donut holes. They are small, delicious, tasty bites of amazingness.
They used to look forward to going to the grocery store because it meant they would treat themself to 2 to 3 of them. (And a few times, they might have come up with excuses to go to the grocery store so they could justify buying a few.)
But then they put themself through their intuitive eating experiment.
They waited until they were physically hungry before eating and stopped eating when they were comfortably full. And they also paid attention to how they felt AFTER they ate.
The AFTER part was incredibly eye-opening for them.
They realized they had more energy, their digestive system was pleased, and their sleep improved because they ate less at night.
But then, one day, on the way home from the grocery store, they discovered something that made them feel a little disappointed.
It turns out they didn’t love their beloved donut holes so much. <Yes, they ate one in the car.>
Once they had keyed into their body’s signals, they found that the donut holes tasted too sweet, and they gave them a stomachache.
They WANTED to like them, but they just didn’t anymore. Talk about a mixed blessing!
The truth is sometimes they still want to eat them – emotionally, anyway. And that’s not saying they’ll never eat another one again.
But it’s just not worth how they make them feel now. So, it’s becoming a matter of training themself to walk past them at the grocery store by remembering how they make them feel after they eat them.
And that’s not the worst thing.
It’s valuable to pay attention to the cues your body gives you in the hours after you eat.
You might notice that some foods make you feel bloated or tired, while others give you even more energy.
→ Paying attention to your body and KNOWING which foods make you feel good and which ones DON’T is one of the most valuable aspects of intuitive eating.
- Do you get bloated after you have a glass of milk?
- Do you get tired after you have a bagel?
- Do you get itchy after you have too much sugar?
What foods make you feel great? What foods don’t?
If you spend a minute journaling about what you’re eating and how you feel after (food and mood journal), it could potentially change your LIFE.