Intuitive Eating in 7 Steps

Photo by Sophia Schrank

Photo by Sophia Schrank

Hungry? Is the hunger physical or emotional? Even fruits and veggies aren't healthy if you're not physically hungry. 

We often eat emotionally, craving sweets when we need more sweetness or comfort food when we need more comfort in our lives. There's nothing wrong with eating sweets or comfort foods when your body needs them for nourishment. When you're not hungry, it's a different story.

To heal emotional cravings we have to look at them honestly and find a way to give ourselves what it is we truly need. That's the work, and that's how we heal the root of any dysfunction or addiction. That's how I healed, and that's what I support people in finding within themselves.

Here is a brief summary of the steps to healing your relationship with food, your body, and yourself.

1.     Grounding  

Get out of your head and into your body so you can listen to your body’s inherent wisdom. Yoga and breathing techniques are a great way to pull back in.

2.     Nourishment

Distinguish between your mind’s cravings and your body’s cravings. Choose what nourishes you rather than what your diet asks for. Only your body’s cravings will truly satisfy you.

3.     Empowerment 

Eat only when you’re hungry and stop eating exactly when you’re full. This takes practice and willpower at first, but keep working at it until you learn to trust yourself. Trusting yourself means taking your power back. It means knowing that you have all the answers inside.

4.     Love 

Give yourself permission to be kind to yourself by choosing a diet and/or lifestyle that is compassionate toward others, whatever that means to you. You’ll see how your heart magically opens and reflects back to you in kind.

5.     Integrity

Stick with it. Honor yourself by always getting back on track no matter how many times you think you’ve failed. Trust that what felt like a failure was actually something you needed to unhook a deeper layer of resistance. Create a ritual, a good new habit to fall back on. At some point you will find true freedom if you remain persistent.

6.     Understanding

Forgive yourself. We’re all victims of victims. When you pull back enough to see the whole picture, clarity and forgiveness come naturally. You see that everything that happens is the result of everything that has happened. You see that you need every experience. You see that there’s no reason to blame anyone, especially yourself.

7.     Integration

Most of us have a habit of identifying with our minds. When we believe our thoughts, they become like reality, but they’re really just thoughts. Use discernment. Thoughts only have power if you give it to them. You’re free if you believe you are, so believe it!