In our diet-obsessed culture, we always get taught how and what to eat in order to get into the best shape of our life. In terms of nutrition, we tend to follow food trends and diet programs which promise us to become the healthiest versions of ourselves.
By following all these restrictive diets and controlling our body signals, we completely lose our intuition towards our natural hunger and body needs.
Are you tired of wasting your life with counting calories, over-exercising and food restriction?
Do you constantly experience various kinds of binge/emotional eating or cravings?
Do you feel like you’re missing out on life by staying on a diet all year round?
If that resonates with you – then you’re here in the right place. There’s a solution called „Intuitive and Mindful Eating“.
What is INTUITIVE and MINDFUL Eating and why it is so important?
Let’s start with INTUITIVE Eating:
Intuitive Eating is a non-diet approach to health and fitness that helps us tune into our body signals, break the cycle of chronic dieting and rebuild a healthy relationship with food and our body. We are all born as natural intuitive eaters. When we look at babies, they cry when they want to eat, and then stop eating until they’re hungry again. Some days they may eat a lot of food, and other days they may barely eat anything. That means our body is balancing out calories on its own without the need of us controlling our calorie intake through restrictive dieting.
Intuitive Eating is the opposite of dieting. It isn’t about counting calories or macros or following a certain meal plan forcing you to measure your portions. Instead, it’s about letting go of the diet mentality and fear of eating particular kind of foods by putting your focus on nourishing your body as a sign of self-love.
Now let’s move to MINDFUL Eating:
While Intuitive Eating is the philosophy of building a healthy relationship toward food and your body, and listening to your body’s hunger signals without any diet-driven thoughts, Mindful Eating is the process of paying attention to your actual experience of eating. With that being said, Mindful Eating is an essential part of Intuitive Eating.
Mindful eating is the basis for a healthy body, physically and mentally, as this innocuous habit has such a huge impact on your digestion, assimilation, appetite regulation, your metabolism and its calorie burning efficiency. The more you are aware of what you are eating and the more you focus on what you put into your mouth by slowly chewing and swallowing, the better digestion, appetite regulations and metabolism you’ll have.
Let me explain the science behind it:
Biologically, humans are not programmed for eating fast and swallowing food without being fully aware of it. The reason for it is the : Cephalic Phase Digestive Response. Cephalic means „the head phase of digestion“. This was found by researchers which have estimated that over 40 % of our digestion of any meal is happening in our brain.
Being aware of the meals you are consuming by smelling, tasting, chewing, noticing and even feeling passionate about eating, will make your brain absorb those sensory perceptions through your sense organs which will lead to sending signals by your brain to your stomach in order to prepare for the digestive process. This will lead to the production of enzymes and gastric acid in your stomach. Furthermore it also causes blood to rush into your digestive organs, which will make your stomach and intestines contract and make the whole digestive process function efficiently.
That means, a lack of attention and awareness of what you are consuming will translate to decreased blood flow to your digestive organs, a decreased production of enzymes and gastric acid. With that, many other health issues will occur such as, fatigue, malabsorption of vitamins and minerals, poor digestion, bloating, constipation, stomach pain and lowered immunity.
With all these information you can see that there’s so much more behind the eating act. Especially, when it comes to losing weight in a natural and healthy way, Intuitive and Mindful Eating is such a crucial approach to reach your individual health goals long term and in peace with your body.
All the best to you,