Updated: Jul 1, 2020
Honouring the truthful response to these questions (every time) is the only "diet" advice you'll ever need to stick to.
You're about to stroll into the kitchen to make yourself something, and that's when it hits: the head chatter...
Head Brain Autopilot:
I shouldn't even be hungry. If I eat now, I'll skip dinner. I'll have something extra healthy, since I need to get back on track. I need to pace myself. I'll just have a nibble. Actually, I have the house to myself - I might as well take advantage. I'll do better tomorrow.
If you can resonate with any of the above internal chatter - or simply relate to making decisions about your eating habits in your HEAD, then I'd like to invite you to take a new approach. Since it's our GUT that digests & experiences food most fully - shouldn't that be what we listen to in order to make food choices? Think about it. When they say, "go with your gut" they don't just mean in the realm of relationships or business - it's an essential to properly caring for your physical body by making the right food choices for YOU.
But, How Would I know?
If you're like most people - and trust me, I was right there with you - you're probably questioning (or downright denying) if YOU can be the one to rely on what/when/how much to eat. It's easier to have an expert tell us a science-based meal plan to follow or conform to what the idealized IG model is consuming - she clearly knows what she's doing.
Actually, Only You Know
You were born with the innate intelligence to eat exactly what you need, exactly when you're hungry and stop as soon as you're satisfied.
Somewhere along the way, we stopped listening to our gut and decided that others knew best. We decided to listen to our head rather than our stomachs. Somewhere along the line we decided our head brains must know best. Well, I hate to break it to you, but the wisdom of how best to nourish yourself lies in your stomach. It's your gut brain - and it's likely the thing saying "F*** you" (think: constipation, diarrhea, SIBO, IBS, etc.). If you've been ignoring your gut and operating from your head, especially as it relates to your relationship with food, you've been doing yourself a disservice.
Try This Instead
The next time you find yourself about to eat. PAUSE and ask yourself the following:
Am I really GUT hungry?
Do I ENJOY what I'm about to eat?
Will this food make me FEEL good?
If the answer to all 3 is a "HELL YES!" then go for it. If not, I lovingly invite you to start to TURST YOUR GUT, it knows best. Good luck!
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