The other day I posted about intuitive eating.
The feedback has been amazing! One of the biggest questions I got back was… how do I actually tap into my body’s cues?
Well … it begins through a process called MINDFUL EATING.
And the first step in intuitive eating has to do with overeating.
The fact is, a lot of us end up overeating because we eat way too fast.
We have an automatic “shut off” response built into our bodies … but a lot of us override it because we don’t give it time to kick in!
That can mean we end up eating more food than we meant to – and more than we need.
Not only do we take in too much food with each bite AND eat too fast … but we also don’t chew it enough.
This can drag your energy down as your body struggles to digest the excess food. It can also make maintaining or decreasing your weight a big challenge.
So the first and biggest tip for intuitive eating is to …
SLOW DOWN. Take small bites, and take the time to taste and enjoy your food.
→ It takes about 20 minutes for your body to know it’s full!
I know if you’re used to eating fast, it can take some time and energy to switch this up.
I’ve been there myself … but to speed up results, sometimes you need to SLOW DOWN.
Another tip: If you are tempted to have a second helping, drink a glass of water and wait 5 minutes to see if you still want it. If you’re still hungry … have it!
This isn’t about depriving yourself – in fact it’s just the opposite!
It’s about honouring your body by learning to key into its messages, so you can give it exactly what it wants and needs.
Action Tips to Slow Down:
- Take a moment BEFORE you eat to be grateful for your food.
- Take smaller bites.
- Put your fork down between bites.
- Chew more. 15-30 times with eat bite!
- It’s not a race … slow down while you eat.
- If you want another plate, drink a glass of water, wait 5 minutes, and then decide if you still want it.
How about just for TODAY, you give this a try?
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About the Author: Christina Della Rocca, n.d.
Christina Della Rocca is a multi-disciplinary Health Coach with over 20 years of experience in the fields of health, fitness, and wellness.
One of Montreal’s leading wellness professionals, Christina has been featured on Montreal AM live, RDS television, CHOM FM, CJAD, Mountain City Rock, and Trends Magazine. Founder and Director of EXERCISE PLUS A Wellness Company that brings health & Fitness programs to companies in and around the Montreal area., Christina is a leading Corporate Wellness Specialist.