Eating intuitively can nourish your body, mind, and spirit and also invite renewal. Honoring your inner wisdom is an act of courage. In a world that constantly and consistently tells you that you are not enough, that being you is wrong, and that you just need to buy this cream, or take this supplement, or sign up for this course to be fixed (phew!), deciding how to be you-as you are-is revolutionary.
From birth, you are told—through advertisements, social media, your families, and all aspects of capitalist culture—that in order to belong, you must eat this and not that or to look like this and not that. To choose otherwise actively rebels against the damaging byproducts of capitalism, racism, able-ism, sexism, homophobia, and the way things are. Letting go of outgrown habits and prescribed conceptions of how, when, where, with whom, and what you should eat can bring about a renewed sense of self.
Introducing Intuitive Eating
If you are choosing a path of renewal, especially at a time when many people in the world are actively unlearning diet culture, racism, sexism, and separateness, consider eating intuitively. According to the ten 10 principles of intuitive eating developed by nutrition experts Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, eating intuitively involves such things as:
Paying attention to cues of hunger and satisfaction
Challenging the food police
Coping with your emotions with kindness
Respecting your body
Making peace with food
“‘People who score high on intuitive eating have more body appreciation, they enjoy their eating better, they have less disordered eating’ such as restrictive eating, meal skipping, chronic dieting, and feelings of guilt and shame about food,” says Tribole, co-author of Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach.
The practice of choosing what to eat according to the subtle messages of your body and tuning into the deep knowing within your gut can help you follow this inner wisdom in other areas of your life as well. When you follow your personal compass and get reacquainted with your deepest desires, as life coach Martha Beck invites you to do in her book, Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live, you’ll find more opportunities to live the best life you can imagine.
By paying close attention to the signals your body offers, such as stomach cramps, rashes, brain fog, or those mornings of “I don’t feel very good,” choose foods that instead help you feel awake, alive, and satiated. Honor the beautiful container your spirit has been given.