Thanksgiving Survival Guide: Applying Principles of Intuitive Eating
I'm back, with another post to help you get through the holiday season, more immediately Thanksgiving but these tips are helpful through Christmas too! If you've never heard of Intuitive Eating it's NOT a diet, and it likely won't help you lose weight. BUT it will help you get more in tune with your body, make peace with food, and honor your health.
I spent some time thinking about how we can apply some of the 10 principles specifically to holiday meals like Thanksgiving so lets dive in!!
1.You are not on a diet. You are eating to nourish and fuel your body. Maybe you reach for an extra serving of vegetables or say no to an extra helping of pie. Think about what makes you feel the best and makes you happiest.
2.You are allowed to eat when you are hungry and allowed to stop when you are full. It can be difficult to keep regular meal times when you're traveling or staying with someone else. Keep a few snacks on hand in your purse to tide you over. Be sure to eat a good breakfast and lunch prior to the big meal!
3.Make peace with food. All foods are allowed. Seriously. All foods. Even if Aunt Karen has sworn of carbs and isn't eating mash potatoes this year, if you want them, eat them!
4.Foods are not good or bad and you are not GOOD for eating one food or BAD for eating. Don't let other people's insecurities or diet hangups influence you. It's just food.
5.Respect your fullness. There's a difference between still hungry, satisfied, and FULL. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to know the difference. Take your time and savor the meal, put your fork down between each bite, chat with those around you, and let your brain catch up to your stomach. If you're still hungry, have more.
Lastly: Exercise is not a punishment for what you ate. You do not need to work off the Thanksgiving meal or exercise for hours on end before the meal. Exercise should be joyful movement for your body. Go for a hike or a walk with the family or play tag with younger family members.
If you're interested in learning more about intuitive eating, there are 10 total principles! I recommend the book: Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole as it goes much deeper than my summary above! See if your library has a copy for you to borrow!
It will take time to implement these practices, but by starting to be more aware of them, especially around the holidays, you'll feel less stress towards food and be more aware of your body.
How are you planning to spend Thanksgiving? Have questions or a topic you'd like me to cover? Drop it in the comments below or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS. It's not too late to register for the Healthy Holidays Challenge to get the support & accountability you need this holiday season to stick to your workout routine & not eat like an asshole.
Click the image below to download a printable copy!!