You might even be one of those people whose guilt spirals out of control after one splurge... "I ate a chocolate chip cookie, I guess I'll eat an entire bag of chips now." There's no denying it: How we eat plays a direct role in how we feel, act, and live our lives.
So, how do we actually get in touch with how our food choices are making us feel, both physically and mentally? How do we make food a positive experience, and learn to trust our own instincts rather than trust what someone else is telling us we should eat? The answer is something called Intuitive Eating.
I recently discussed this topic with local holistic health coach, Lisa Catherine. Lisa is based in West Chester and works with clients all over Chester County to overcome their unhealthy relationships with food. As a personal chef, I am fascinated by the variety of attitudes and opinions about food that my clients share with me, and I am extremely aware of how deeply personal and emotionally-turbulent our opinions about food can be.
Lisa Catherine has noticed that for her clients, much of the lack of connection is due to a busy and hectic lifestyle. “We live in a world where everyone is going, going, going all the time. Fast food is prevalent in our country because nobody has time to sit down and enjoy a meal. Maybe this is you. How do you feel after scarfing down a burger in two minutes while running to your next meeting? So many people can't even remember what they had to eat that day because they rush through every meal,” she says.
I asked Lisa to share her tips for learning to eat intuitively. Here’s what she suggests:
1. LISTEN TO YOUR HUNGER
Are you truly hungry? Or do you eat at the same time every day just because you are used to it? You may think you are hungry, but maybe you haven't had enough water that day. Listen to your hunger. Eat when you are truly hungry.
2. FIND TIME
If you are one of those people that eat on the go or in the car, pull into a parking lot and eat or find a bench to sit on. If it takes you 5 minutes to eat, try spending 10 minutes enjoying your meal to start. After you have tried 10 minutes, try 15 minutes and so on and so on.
Before you eat, take a few breaths in through your nose and out through your nose. This will help calm your body before eating.
Digestion starts in your mouth. Make sure you are chewing your food well before swallowing. Savor the taste of your food.
5. BE PRESENT
Turn off your cell phone, tv, iPad, anything that can distract you. Truly be present. Enjoy this time you have to sit down, relax and enjoy your food and those that accompany you.
6. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY
After eating a meal, listen to your body. Some people are intolerant or even allergic to certain foods and have no idea because they eat too fast and don't pay attention to the signals their body is telling them.*
To find out more about working with Lisa Catherine, email or call: 484-889-0079
*Do you have food sensitivities or allergies that you’re already aware of? Our Organic Meal Delivery Service caters to all types of special dietary needs. Fill out our Food Questionnaire to get started.