how to begin an intuitive eating lifestyle…

If you’re like most people you’re definitely FEELING that holiday bloat and ickiness that happens after a couple/few weeks of eating more junk that usual.

Parties, drinks, family functions and STRESS tend to hit us all at once.

Trust me.  We all feel it.

It may be a good time to share a little more about how you can create a healthier INTUITIVE EATING lifestyle in 2018

(Or maybe you’re too stressed to deal? That’s OK too….I’ll share more in the coming weeks).

I promised I would lead you through the process I use with my private clients to help them begin to tune in to their bodies.


Before I go there let me remind you where I came from.
If you’ve been following me for any time at all then you probably remember….I used to be a weight loss coach.Like straight up.What do we eat (or not eat) to get the scale to GO DOWN?THAT was the total focus.

Did I believe it was helping people be healthy?  Sure.

Was I trying to help them learn how to eat better, move more and learn how to maintain that weight loss?

ABSOLUTELY.

But one day I had an epiphany, it wasn’t really about weight and this tactic doesn’t really work.

Not forever.

Although the majority of Americans ARE overweight (60%+ actually), and will TELL you they don’t believe in dieting.  That is what they end up doing.  

But WHY?

It’s not because they want to.

It’s simply because, they don’t believe they know how to eat, much less lose weight…without a plan or diet.

That was me too. 😞

I was so “worried” about gaining back weight I had lost….I felt compelled to weekly weigh-ins, calorie/food counting, and quick bars or shakes to shave calories throughout the week so I could eat more on the weekends.

<sigh>

Once I started “unbelieving” everything I thought I knew about weight loss, weight maintenance and healthy eating (paleo anyone??)….

I had a breakdown.

If you don’t remember the whole story you can read more about it on my website <CLICK HERE>

The bottom line is, I FREAKED OUT.

I decided to take a year off of EVERYTHING.  Weight loss coaching, scale watching, calorie counting.

No more My Fitness Pal.
No more meal replacements.

I decided to just BE. 😳

And that’s when it happened.

I began to HEAR what it was my body was trying to tell me. 

So what IS INTUITIVE EATING?

Intuitive Eatingis a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body’s natural hunger signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight, rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods.

 

Intuitive eating means you allow your INSTINCTS to take over.


So what if you did that?

SCARY right??

That is what I’m proposing.

What if, in 2018, you decided to do the UNdiet diet. 

Now don’t get me wrong, learning to be healthy and lose weight using INTUITIVE EATING isn’t about eating any and everything.

It’s not about having a FREE TICKET to eat all the junk out there.

It’s actually the opposite.

It’s about being MORE mindful of everything you eat.

But it’s also about enjoying every. single. bite.

So here is some insight into my process and hopefully this will give you a place to start. I focus on the BASICS every single week, and when your my private client….we work hard to figure out how to make these things work in YOUR life.  Regardless, the goal is to build our healthier habits, and healthier way of life…for the long term.

Remember, if you don’t see yourself doing it two years from now…..

It’s a diet.

BEGIN with the BASICS:

  • water
  • movement
  • sleep
  • stress
  • breakfast
  • supplementation


5 STEPS to create your INTUITIVE EATING lifestyle:
Step 1: Make the decision
Step 2: Give yourself permission to eat….for at least 6 months.  Even better? A YEAR.
Step 3: It must be REAL FOOD. Commit to a period of time (2 weeks? 30 days? it’s different for everyone) where you eat UNLIMITED minimally processed and CLEAN.  Low to no sugars, whole & real foods.  How can we listen to our bodies if they are struggling to speak through the Diet Cokes, bagels and processed sandwich meats?  Guess what…they can’t.  Going through detox or cleanse is a necessary part of getting started with this new way of eating.
Step 4: Experimentation.  What does your body crave after you’ve completed a detox or cleanse of some sort? This is different for everyone but at this point you are able to HEAR more of what your body is asking for.
Step 5: Learn how to self-check.  How do you feel before you eat.  Halfway through. After.

Annnnndddd…..Circle back around to the basics again.  Where can you improve? What’s working…and what’s not?

Remember, this is a process.  You will mess up.  You will make mistakes.

It’s ok.

Is there more? Oh yes, it’s never as easy as “five steps to health” but as you begin to release all judgement around your food choices, and learn to honor and LISTEN to your hunger and fullness cues…..

Your body will begin to respond.

You will lose weight.

You will feel more satisfied.

It all works together.

Are you ready to be your healthiest self?

I’m offering a new 21day Sugar Detox group in a couple weeks.  This group is 100% VIRTUAL so you join us…..from the comfort of your own home.

Studies show that those who work with a Health Coach are more likely to have success.  Add in the accountability aspect of a group and you are sure to see results.

Not sure a group is for you? I offer more personal coaching options including a 60 & 90 day 1:1 coaching option to continue your success AFTER the 21 day Sugar Detox is complete.  Read more and sign up here: http://cheerfulhealthylife.com/angela-21dsd/

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