So you don’t have to keep the unwanted Christmas gifts, the kitsch ornaments you were given by Aunt Gladys, or the faded old t-shirts that have seen better days. Instead keep only those things that “spark joy” in the words of Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo
Kondo has been tip-toeing across many of our TV screens (thanks Netflix, you rock!) this year with her whimsical wisdom on how to live a more centred life, surrounded only by those things that matter to you. Awesome.
“What has this got to do with food and eating Jennifer?”
A lot as it turns out . Because intuitive eating is all about embracing the satisfaction we get from food and chasing down a lot more of it (like a dog chasing the postman). In fact, Principle 6 of the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating is: “Discover the satisfaction factor.”
That ice-cold drink on a hot summer’s day – it satisfies like nothing else, much more than a lukewarm glass of water. It brings joy!
Or that favourite dessert your Mum or Nan used to make, that you’d look forward to eating one mouthful at a time. It was so much more than a dessert – it was a joyful experience!
But if you’ve spent a life-time dieting or dutifully following all the latest healthy eating advice that is forever being dolled out in magazines and newspapers (superfoods, blah blah, kale, blah blah), then there’s a good chance you’ve lost touch with your own food likes and dislikes.
What the heck do you really like eating?! Like REALLY enjoy? What do YOU enjoy?
We’re often so far down the rabbit hole of “dutiful healthy eating” we can’t even remember which foods we gave up a decade ago that were our favourites… just cast your mind back now though, what foods did you love eating a decade ago that no longer appear on your menu?
One of my lovely Zest clients explained her experience of this so well to me, she said:
“I had a whole lot of different yummy foods around me and was eating them because they were there, but not necessarily because I felt like it or particularly enjoyed it. Like white chocolate, I could eat a pile of that and not really feel satisfied. Whereas a few squares of my favourite dark chocolate was so rich and satisfying.”
We have taste buds and desires. And if we ignore those, by trying to load up with all the latest and greatest “health foods”, we can end up eating even more food than if we just focused on feeding our satisfaction.
The authors of Intuitive Eating (Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch) have coached loads of people through intuitive eating and they say the same thing – when you honour your satisfaction you end up eating less food.
Or, in other words: if you’re ignoring your satisfaction, if your food doesn’t “spark joy”, then you’re likely to overeat in a crazed attempt to try and fill that satisfaction void.
So is your eating style sparking joy? Do you love what you’re eating? Do you look forward to meal-times? Or are you pushing yourself through another plate of boring salad?
Make your food-joy a priority. Check out intuitive eating and discover how to really eat in a way that sparks joy <3 it’s life-changing (just like Marie Kondo’s tidying up magic).
P.S. Is emotional eating a problem for you? Well remember to mark the 20th February in your diary, because I’ve got some super-handy stuff in the works for you… ooh and don’t forget the FREE webinar – your invite will be winging it’s way to you soon!