Monday, October 28, 2013

Motivated Mondays - Intuitive Eating

Right now I am in the process of taking off the fluff I put while training for the half marathon and the month of bulking I did after to get my muscles back where I like them after so much cardio. 

What I'm not doing, however, is dieting in the traditional sense. I'm still consuming over 1600 calories a day. I'm still have some indulgences (like cake and wine last night!). I'm not starving or cutting out food groups or doing anything other than slightly lowering my calories below my maintenance level and not eating calories burned while working out. Remember this is a lifestyle!

Another big thing for me is that I'm focusing on eating intuitively. Instead of eating what I think I "should" or what some weight loss plan recommends, I'm eating what feels good for my body. That definitely doesn't mean eating a bunch of sweet or fatty foods though. It means listening to what I really want and need. Yesterday I woke up really craving toast - not white bread crap toast but a hearty slice of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread with almond butter and jam. So that's what I had. And a great way to tell that it hit the spot is that after my workout, I was really hungry but had to stop at a store for few things and although there was of course tons of Halloween candy on sale, I wasn't even tempted! Eating what your body asks for helps you avoid crappy filler food later. 

This morning I felt like toast again but was craving protein and fat so I added an egg and a slice of cheese - here's my breakfast which obviously was so good that I ate half of it before I even stopped to take the photo! Oh yeah, jam, I wanted jam again! 

I really love the idea of feeding my body well by following my instincts. I'm still counting calories and macros because I have a specific goal I'm working towards but if I wasn't working towards something specific, this would be a great way to eat healthy without having to measure and count every little thing. 

The caveat, of course, is that you have to be in tune enough with you body to know what your cravings are really for and why. You have to know what full feels like and be able to stop there. You have to like veggies and fruits enough to crave those. And you have to skip diet, fat free crap that no ones body truly needs!

Have you tried intuitive eating? 

What do you crave?

Do you track your food? Are you afraid to stop tracking?

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