How did it feel to eat intuitively yesterday? Did you find yourself able to make good decisions? Did you experience an anxiousness over not having a plan or food prepped? Is intuitive eating something that could be beneficial to you? Why or why not?
Despite tracking, I eat intuitively more than I give myself credit for. I don’t meal prep, and I don’t plan my meals ahead of time. Instead, I tend to try to see what I want in the moment and go from there. Beyond that, though, I will then track what I’ve eaten to make sure the food I’ve chosen is aligned with my goals.
On the one hand, it bothers me that I don’t feel like I can “trust” my body to support those goals naturally. (And then I wonder if it’s worthwhile, if it’s not something that comes to me naturally.) At the same time, I didn’t realize how much I already do listen to my body throughout the day. For example, last night I had a moment of “I should eat this, but I really want this.” I thought I could eat the food in the fridge that I felt like I should get rid of, but instead I listened to what I wanted. It felt good.
I truly love the idea of intuitive eating, but my relationship with it is perpetually evolving. I like my intuitive eating with training wheels that I seem to have going. It helps me to learn to listen to my body and hunger cues, but it also supports my level of training. For the amount of athletic work I’m doing, I’m not sure it would work well for me to 100% rely on intuitive eating because there are foods that I need to supplement in my diet as a result of the long, hard workout sessions. Unless I can confirm that I’m getting those things with certainty, I may not be doing myself and my training justice.
Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.