Eating is supposed to be something you do instinctively, when you have the need to, when your body craves some more energy. Sounds easy, but I know sometimes it’s not that easy as the brain plays a deep role in this whole system.
Something I’ve been learning in the past years is to learn to listen to my body. I think it’s essential to create a good relationship with food, this means that I believe in eating what makes me feel good inside and out. (And this is… surprise, surprise: a plant based diet).
Sorry for my redundance, I don’t want you to feel like I’m always preaching about being vegan but it really changed my life for better and I want you to be able to understand why and maybe try it out!!
I’ve learned, from my experience, that eating has to be something enjoyable, something you should not be stressed about, something natural. But our brains are programmed to eat as much as we can when we have food, because no one knows if you’ll be able to eat something else later (a very intrinsic prehistoric behaviour that we have). So, the question is: is it real to be able to eat only when you are hungry and stop as soon as you are full? Wouldn’t people end up eating a lot of junk food if they followed their instinct? (Cuz that’s what apparently people crave).
I think that the concept of intuitive eating is related to mindful eating and at the same time to a mindful living in general. Your inner you already knows what is good or bad for you. You don’t need me to know that eating healthy is the right thing to do, you don’t need my words to know that doing exercise is good for your health… but some people need some kind of extra motivation to start a healthy journey.
Of course, this concept of intuitive eating is not only something related to the vegan lifestyle, but I don’t believe that eating “intuitively” a croissant will do you any good. So, when I talk about abundance and intuition, I am thinking about wholesome foods!! I think if you eat an abundance of wholesome plant-based foods, there’s no need for restriction and so you can follow your instinct and eat as much as you want whenever you feel like it!!
The clue is to try to find the connection between your mind, your body & your soul & always follow your bliss.