Let’s talk now about food. Some of us have our issues with food. I, for example an emotional eater and use food as comfort, but also when I am guilty. I will eat something then feel guilt and keep eating it because I am sad.
I started realizing how so many of my issues are connected to my unhealthy relationship with food and the way I live my life. Most of it is stress from work and staying away from socializing.
3 years ago I decided to change this, for a whole year it was amazing, I started Paleo Lifestyle and it was working. I was so happy, I was able to manage my depression and mental health and most of all I was feeling good. I slept better, I managed my time better had a lot more motivation and so on.
Then somehow I ended up slowly falling in depression whole again, and day by day I stopped training started eating a bit more unhealthy and for about a year I ended up gaining 30 kg. Those kilograms are now making me so miserable and unmotivated that I cannot make myself start again. The paleo is also not diet it is real change you must do to your lifestyle for better,
This is how I found this amazing book called Intuitive eating by Elyse Resch MS, RDN an Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN, I don’t let myself read health books as I am not firm believer that they help, but this one showed me step by step how to change my relationship with food.
The general message of the book is anti-dieting and the authors set out to guide the reader to follow the intuition of the body and re-frame negative/dieting thoughts around eating. Research is the core of the book and the authors present multiple studies that supports what they have seen in practice for multiple years.
Rather, the basic principle of the book is making peace with food, and going back to the natural, intuitive way of eating that you would be living by if society, your peers, your parents, magazines and the diet industry hadn’t fucked you up.
The 10 Principles presented in the book are as follows:
1. Reject the Diet Mentality
2. Honor Your Hunger
3. Make Peace with Food
4. Challenge the Food Police
5. Feel your Fullness
6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
7. Cope with your Emotions without Using Food
8. Respect Your Body
9. Exercise – Feel the Difference
10. Honor Your Health – Gentle Nutrition
These principles guide the reader through a step by step journey to move thoughts and actions from the chronic dieting mentality into body awareness, self trust and nurturing the body into good health.