Intuitive Eating is about eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. Just like exercise, sleep etc, eating food is also apart of taking care of our bodies and giving it what it needs. Creating a healthy relationship with food is important with achieving a healthy weight.
There are various reasons why we eat. If we stop for a minute and think about why we actually decide to eat. You will come across various reasons… you might find yourself asking am I actually hungry, or am I bored or am I happy or sad? Or you might base it on the clock and decide you have to eat because it’s lunch or dinner time. Being able to recognize why we are eating and recognizing if we are truly “hungry.”
Intuitive Eating comes down to eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. Well, how hungry do we have to be, or how full do we have to be, to actually stop eating. Our hunger hormones and thoughts are what drive these decisions. The hunger and fullness hormones become less in tuned when we are under stress, or not getting enough sleep. So maintaining a healthy body and healthy lifestyle plays a big role in intuitive eating. Eating is good for our mind, body and soul. It is meant to be enjoyed and is not the enemy! Cheers!
Ghrelin hunger hormone
Leptin- fullness hormone