Natural Eating Check: How to Eat Normally
Natural Eating Check: How to Eat Normally is a short little post to help you have a clearer idea of what natural eating looks like and how to begin to make it the norm in your life.
Notice when you are about to eat something and simply ask yourself: Am I truly, physically hungry? (If you have to wonder you’re not hungry. Even those who use restriction as a coping strategy can tell when they are hungry if they are willing to be honest with themselves.)
Ask yourself what you’d really like to have to eat and if that choice is going to feel good physically in your body and if it will help you get to where you want to go in your goals for body image, weight loss and health.
Stay tuned to your body while you’re eating – stop after 5 minutes or so and ask yourself how you stomach feels and if you think you’ve had enough. Then stop in 5 more minutes and so on.
Create natural check in points by starting out with less food or by separating your food in half on your plate. You don’t have to stop eating if you don’t want to, this will just help you to be more aware of the sensations in your body and will lead to you making choices that feel better all around in time.
Do your best to let go of the need to judge what you are eating, and keep coming back to the concept of Natural Eating:
Eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full.
Everything in moderation.
You can always have more later.
No good or bad foods.
Notice any time you’re eating more than you’re hungry for; not letting yourself eat when you are hungry; or resisting stopping. Acknowledge that this is your confused response to stress and isn’t about food at all.
Use the list of stressors to figure out what you’re feeling stressed about and what to do about it.
If you’re not hungry and you’re eating or you’re hungry and you’re not allowing yourself to eat, and you’re not feeling completely peaceful, you’re using food to cope with stress and confused thinking – no exceptions. Beating yourself up and focussing on food is a waste of time and a truly irrational response. Don’t spin your wheels – get the tools you need to solve your confused approach to food and to stress.