Intuitive Eating: Listening to Your Body
Article revised on 20 June 2017
Have you ever felt bloated after a meal? Many of us already experience this sensation after a heavy meal. You can avoid this uncomfortable feeling by changing your diet and practice intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is a simple method that is based on the body’s hunger and fullness cue. This approach focuses on the importance of eating when we are hungry and stopping when we have had enough. It seems like a no-brainer. Yet, not many people actually do it.
Are you someone who eats:
- based on a certain calorie count?
- when it’s mealtime?
- because you’re looking at food?
- because you want to have dessert?
The realities of everyday life often distract us and prevent us from being in tune with cues from our body.
The scientists who back this approach have demonstrated that people who pay attention to cues from their body are more likely to have a healthy weight and have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
How do you eat intuitively?
By being conscious of the way your body is feeling. By eating healthy food when you’re hungry and stopping when you feel like you’ve had enough… even if you still have food on your plate!
Evaluate your hunger based on the scale below.
Try to stay around 5 – 6 as much as possible.
Where are you right now?
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