05 | Use your intuition.

Did your intuition tell you this challenge wasn’t over? Because if so, you were right! It’s not!

Just to recap…

I (attempted) to do a 5 Day Mindful Eating challenge last week! I only say attempted, not because the challenge was difficult or impossible, but because I realized just how different my current eating habits were compared to the challenge goals! For example, it was hard to leave my phone in another room, or eat without distractions like a TV show. So overall, the experience was truly eye-opening and even though some days I didn’t really follow the prompts, I could tell how they would help you truly think about those principles (i.e., why you eat, what emotions trigger your appetite and habits that stimulate hunger/fullness).

For today’s post, I’d like to discuss intuitive eating!

In summary, Intuitive Eating, similar to Mindful eating, is about following “internal body cues over external diet rules”. Hey, I can get behind this! As someone who is a true foodie and a hedonist with her taste buds, I cannot stick to a diet – and trust me, I’ve tried several. I don’t like to feel restricted when I eat and I eat based on how I feel (which is what intrigued me about mindful eating originally!) This approach allows you to become more in touch with the food that you eat! It also helps you learn what motivates you to eat, what foods you truly crave and why; while also understanding your body’s natural hunger/fullness cycles. I now get how intuitive and mindful eating can be considered (very) similar!

The challenge with intuitive eating? Well, unlike the last post where I followed a curated 5 Day Mindful Eating Challenge (see Samantha’s blog for more information on that challenge), this approach will be about using the principles of intuitive eating (see the infographic below) for a week and reporting back the overall experience at the end.

Next week’s blog post will not only be about my experience with each approach, but also about comparing the two styles of eating, and answering questions such as…

What works and what doesn’t work in both approaches?

What approach(s) can I use and stick with?

or, Are they not really suited for my lifestyle?

I’d also like to talk about my feelings towards both approaches, like how did both of them make me feel overall? What approach was the most positive for me? Did I notice a change in my overall mood or appetite with either approach?

And also, there’s just the general takeaways from both approaches, like what were some of the major findings and/or takeaways with both of the eating routines, if any! And how do they compare and contrast with each other?

So tune into next week’s blog post for the big BIG reveal (yeah, I’m hyping it up as I love doing research!)

As for the principles of intuitive eating, they are as follows…

There are a lot of similar principles to mindful eating, which I am on-board with, and a few new approaches that involve exercising and self-love/self-worth (which I am a really big fan of!)

So, the goal for this upcoming week is to plan exciting and enticing meals for myself, incorporate some daily exercise in the mix (like yoga or walking), take time to love myself and my body for how it is in the present moment and be mindful overall about my internal body cues telling me when I am hungry and when I am full!

Challenge. Accepted.

If you’re active on social media, you can follow along on my Instagram account (@luminousredhead) or my Facebook page (Redhead) to see the meals, exercise and self-care activities I’ll be doing throughout the week, for a little inspiration! And also, feel free to join the challenge too! I’d love to hear about your meal ideas, exercise routines, and favorite self-care activities that help you be more mindful with your foods and your body!

If you took the time to read this blog post, my heart is full. I hope this post inspired you to consider taking on a challenge you’ve been interested in doing! What’s one challenge you’re interested in taking on? Why that particular challenge, and how do you typically approach challenges in general? (Asking for a friend).
Let’s continue the discussion (perhaps with a nice cup of coffee, heh.)

And reader, I want to thank you for reading up to this point in the post. Writing is an outlet I am passionate about, but hardly allow myself to do. I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and look forward to reading future blog posts on this site. I will be posting content every Saturday — so mark it on your calendar or even better, subscribe to my blog below so you get alerted when the next post goes live. Also, look out for future blog/vlog videos, exclusive content and just more positive energy to float your way.

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