I just enjoyed a lovely slice of lemon syrup cake, baked by yours-truly… for my husband on Father’s Day – yum!
I love all things lemon… Oh! And chocolate! All things chocolate too 😉 And it’s taken years as a nutritionist to get my food loves and my love of healthy eating straight in my own head. Straight enough that I can coach my clients to create a happy+healthy relationship with food and eating too. To enjoy food but still honour your health. Is that what you want too? Instead of stinky-pants food rules and restriction… bah-humbug!
What I know now is, we (you and I) need the right foundation. Maybe I’m inspired by the concrete truck that’s been next door at my neighbour’s new house pouring concrete? (That’s musings and mutterings from my lemon syrup cake brain…).
The point is – you need to create an unbreakable, unshakeable, unmoveable, foundation for your healthy eating. And it’s not activated nuts or charcoal. Nope.
That foundation is – Intuitive Eating
For you to be able to tell the difference between useful, helpful, healthy eating tips and The Diet Lie – you need that unbreakable foundation of intuitive eating.
That’s the foundation that says, “balderdash!” when your friend or workmate starts talking about the new detox they’re doing to cleanse their liver (okay, maybe just say it in your head, don’t shout it at your friends – ha ha!).
In my Facebook LIVE VIDEO this week I talk about how important that foundation is. CLICK HERE to watch it and give it a LIKE.
I don’t want to get all over-dramatic, like a bad D grade Hollywood actor, but truly, if you don’t have that intuitive eating foundation for your healthy eating, you’re more likely to fail. Because you’ll never be satisfied with what you do or eat, or with what size or shape you are.
Intuitive Eaters Have a Happier Relationship With Food
The proof is in the pudding – lemon or chocolate, you take your pick – intuitive eaters have a happier eating relationship and typically a lower BMI. Whereas those who follow restrictive eating practices are more likely to suffer from disordered eating and have a higher BMI. (Journal reference here).
While some people have naturally hung onto their intuitive eating from childhood (good for you if that’s the case), most of us lost it along the way as we were taught to ignore our appetite, to ignore our fullness, to disregard our body’s cues and to look externally for direction on which foods to eat, how much, when and why.
But you can RECONNECT with your intuition again and become an intuitive eater! And it is never too late, I’ve had clients in their 30’s and clients in their 70’s embrace intuitive eating principles.
P.S. I’ve got something super exciting and totally different coming in September (you will never guess) and I can’t wait to tell you more about it! Put this date in your diary – Friday 21st September!