How to eat intuitively (And why I don’t like labels)

28 June 2016

Let me start with a bit of myth-busting: there is no one diet that suits everybody. There just isn’t. And let’s face it: even if you HAVE found a way of eating that seems to agree with your body, it’s not a good idea to blindly follow someone else’s rules and restrictions without evaluating and testing them out for yourself first.

 There’s a lot of he-said she-said in the nutrition world at the moment – people trying to one-up others and say that their way of eating (whether it’s Paleo or raw or vegan or high protein etc.) is better than everyone else’s.

As a Group Fitness and Personal trainer, I often overhear people talking about which diet they are following at the moment – weight watchers, Michelle Bridges, Pete Evans and so forth, and it never seems to last for long, and the benefits don’t last for much longer.

From my perspective, NO diet is 100% perfect, and because of our bio individuality there’s no one size fits all. So what is the best way to eat? How do I advise my clients to eat? Well I certainly don’t attach a label to it. My thought’s is that there are foods we should eat lots of, and foods we should only eat on occasion.

1 – I ask my clients to keep a food diary every month for a few days. Keeping a food and feelings diary helps to identify how food is making you feel. Are you feeling energised after your breakfast? Feeling sleeping after your 3pm snack? Feeling bloated after you have a latte?

2 – I recommend that they cut down on man-made processed foods, and eat more real foods. By real food, I mean food that has came from nature.

3 – I try and educate them to separate food from feelings. We often eat instead of feeling with our feelings. Broke up with your partner? Bring the Ice cream. Celebrating? Reach for a piece of cake.

It’s incredible how we associate food with events. We need to re-evaluate our association with food. Food is there to nourish and fuel us. Check out my tips on emotional eating here.

So if you’re ready to ditch the diets once and for all, follow this 3 step plan.

1 – Record your food and feelings diary. How are you feeling before you eat? On a scale of 1 – 10 how hungry are you? How are you feeling? Happy, sad, excited?

2 – After you have eaten your meal, how are you feeling? Full, satisfied, wanting more, energised?

3 – Before you eat, tune in and think about what you want to eat and how it’s going to make you feel? How do you want to feel? Will eating that give you that feeling?

Do you have any labels your ready to ditch after reading this?

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