Do you practice intuitive eating?
Do you trust yourself to know what to eat? To choose a way of eating that works for you?
So many women struggle to make sense of all the varying advice out there on the “best” way to eat? Raw, vegan, paleo… It’s crazy-making. If you’re a woman I’m betting to you’ve had questions about what you’re supposed to feed your self. Me too.
So I got this question today on my Facebook page from Tess Hunter in California. I love sharing information and my take on various things~ If you’d like feedback, find me on Facebook or email me a question that you’d like me to respond to.
“Hi, Lisa. So, it’s a struggle sometimes. I don’t have a diet label. I’m not a vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, Weight Watcher … and quite frankly I don’t know what to eat any more. Even my daughters (who I worked with in the early years to eat when hungry, stop when full, pick wisely, there are no bad foods only bad habits) have said to me “I don’t know how to eat.” Do we need a plan and a label? Love your posts!”
Such a great question and glad you asked b/c I think this is a big deal for many of us.
What has happened is that we’ve become really disconnected from our Intuitive bodies… where all of our knowing lives.
With the internet and the obsessive health crazes we have an even harder time looking inward and trusting what we KNOW. We trust the changing research, the latest expert, our yoga teacher, but this takes us further and further away from what feels right for us.
We’ve lost our guidance and our authority-This is a bigger issue than food.
But I get (I really do) how this all then becomes food-focused. I don’t think we need a label at all. The labels perpetuate the disconnection. We have the information and guidance we need….our Intuitive Body is genius at sorting through this.
I have my own beliefs about what works best for most of us, the rest is fine tuning and being patient, not comparing, really feeling into the connection between what and how you are eating, and how that feels. How you feel physically, how you feel emotionally. We all intuitively know that certain foods really support our mood, our level of energy, how well we feel overall in any given moment.
And if you are empathic/sensitive at all, you may find you have an even stronger reaction to different foods.
It’s become very clear to me over the years which foods crash my energy and my mood, lead to achyness/inflammation in my joints, or intensify allergy kinds of symptoms.
All of the over-thinking and analyzing that has become part of how we choose to eat threatens the pleasure, the knowing, the ease. Something is lost.
Do we really want to adopt somebody else’s label and plan because it works for their body? No.
Think about it…
Many food plans or fads or diets out there are about what has worked for certain individuals, or doctors that want to write a book or somebody else wanting to jump into the diet/eating billion dollar industry.
Some contain really good guidelines. You will never go wrong eating actual food, “whole” food that is unprocessed. Eating fresh produce, fruit and vegetables. Things that come from the ground and trees.
Don’t we all know this? Of course.
Why do we need a label or a definition of how we eat? Why isn’t trusting what we know to best fuel and nourish our bodies and beautiful selves enough?
These are big questions that go way beyond the issue of food and nutrition. It really does come back to a willingness to find a way to listen deeply and honestly to your body/heart/mind… your Intuitive Body. When we don’t trust our own wisdom we suffer. This might be good to reflect on in your journal.What are your beliefs around this?
You want to practice sacred listening.. really tuning in and listening quietly for the answers to what kind of information and guidance wants to come through you. To trust that and believe in it.
This creates a whole new level of wellbeing, confidence, wellness, and peace.
And I want that for you.
Where do you want to feel lighter? In your body? Around your eating? In a certain relationship? I’m introducing a new and super focused session for you with real solutions that includes my intuitive “seeing” plus my 30 years as a psychotherapist…you+me. Plus prescribed rituals to support you in moving into lightness and ease.
Interested? Send me an email at Lisa at IntuitiveBody dot com. xoxox