Intuitive eating is all about listening to your bodies hunger and fullness cues. So, no more being told what and when to eat. For a long time we have been telling our bodies to eat to a schedule, 7am for breakfast, 10am for morning tea, 1pm for lunch and so on. But by doing this, we have lost our ability to identify real hunger.
Eating to a schedule also means that during times when our bodies need less fuel, we are still eating at the same times and the same amounts even though we don’t need it. From week to week, and even day to day, our bodies have different requirements. You may wonder why sometimes you are more hungry and could eat much more and others times you are less hungry. These are actual signals from your body telling you what you need. So it’s time to listen.
Where to start?
A good place to start is to scrap the eating schedule and decide to eat to your hunger. A great tool to use to get you started is a Hunger and Fullness scale.
The way to use it is to start listening to your hunger cues and when you reach a 3-4 on the scale, it’s time to start eating. Once you reach a 6-7, you should stop. Do this for each meal until you feel more in tune with your body.
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