Back when I posted this post about my unhealthy body image and eating habits, Alexandra contacted me and gave me some advice on what had helped her. She gave me some Instagram accounts to follow and a new philosophy to follow. I have to say, since hearing about this, it has really helped change my mentality on food, and how I relate to it.
Intuitive eating basically shuns all things diet culture – and to teach you to eat based on your natural hunger and fullness signals. It allows for people with obsessive habits toward food to step back and realize that it is more important to nurture your body, and to reject starvation tactics and help find the natural weight you are meant to be.
I have stopped calling myself “bad” just because I feel like eating a cheeseburger one day, or feeling guilty when a coworker chooses a salad, and instead I just want a giant plate full of tater tots.
I have come to realize that I am not meant to be the perfect weight I think I am supposed to be. My body physically will not allow me to get there – so I have come to respect that.
I am not intermittent fasting or keeping myself under a certain number of calories a day. When I work out, I’m not checking to make sure that I have burned at least 350 calories, but instead am focusing on how good it feels to have my heart rate up – whether it be for a 200 calorie burn or 600.
This is not to say that you can just eat a cheeseburger or pizza every day and expect to be healthy – that’s certainly not what this mindset promotes. However, it trains you to change your thinking that a single instance of eating some pizza means that you can’t eat the next day or that you have to spend seven hours in the gym.
It has been so helpful, and basically, I have more important shit to do than worry about every single calorie that goes into my body.