Do Intuitive and Wholesome Eating contradict each other or go hand in hand? Are you afraid of giving Intuitive Eating a chance because you think you’ll eat everything in sight (or at least everything salty, sweet, creamy, and forbidden)? Fear not!
Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking. I’m your host Michaela Ballmann.
Today, I want to respond to a common question, and that is: Is there a discrepancy or conflict between the message of “Eat Intuitively” and that of “Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods”? If you’ve been listening to this podcast or reading my blog for some time, you will see both topics come up with great frequency, but I understand that it seems like the two are mutually exclusive, like you can only have one and not the other.
This is a great question! Many have expressed their fear that if they were to eat the foods they want in the quantities they desire, they would be munching on donuts, ice cream, and chocolate and never stop! Ironically, this belief is directly linked to a distrust of one’s body. Trust in oneself and one’s body is absolutely essential for the intuitive eating mindset and behaviors to grow strong.
Let’s take a look at why eating that promotes health and wellbeing seems to be at odds with intuitive eating.
So, how do we reconcile the concept of intuitive eating with the counsel to eat nutrient dense foods?
It all starts with reclaiming trust in your body and restoring your body back to a place of respect and authority. You know better than anyone what you need and what works for you. Take your voice back and listen to what you say. You may want dessert, but I assure you, that if you are able to mute the noise that comes from fears, irrational beliefs, and unreliable claims, you won’t want to eat 4 donuts, a pint of ice cream, or a King size chocolate bar. You’ll know that a few bites will satisfy and if they don’t, then you heard wrong, and you actually need a hug, a bath, or a walk. There’s another need to be filled. It’s ok. We get used to using food to try to fill all of our needs, but be patient as you learn.
I’m convinced that as we develop our voice, take back our rights, and allow our body’s signals to come through loud and clear, we will want and enjoy nourishing foods…with a side of dessert.
Thanks for listening to this episode of Nutritionally Speaking. I hope it has helped make intuitive, wholesome eating tangible for you. We would love to hear your comments or questions–you can go to my website at wholify.com and click on podcast to comment on this episode or listen to previous episodes. I would also really appreciate it if you would review my podcast on iTunes. Thanks again for listening and I’ll see you next time!