You probably know someone who eats anything and anytime but still remains healthy. They don’t refrain from eating treats but still maintains a good diet.  These people are called intuitive and mindful eaters.

Mindful eating and intuitive eating differ slightly in meaning. Mindful eating is giving attention to the reasons behind your hunger. On the other hand, intuitive eating is the practice of mindful eating while still giving importance on the body, mind, and food.

Mindfulness

Being mindful is a natural human trait. Simply put, it is being mentally present. In this fast-paced world, our minds tend to be disconnected from our body’s needs. We eat while working or watching TV. We eat while browsing social media. We eat while reading the paper. We multitask. Because we are not focused on what and how we are eating, we don’t feel satisfied with it and we end up eating some more.

Intuition  

Intuitive eating happens when you eat because you feel hungry. It is eating to satisfy the needs and wants of your body and also your mind. 8fit has listed principles of intuitive eating, based on the book authored by Elyse Resch and her co-dietitian Evelyn Tribole.

  1. Get rid of the diet approach
  2. Address your hunger
  3. Give in to your cravings.
  4. Disregard the thoughts that condemn you based on your food choice as they make you feel more defiant.
  5. Pay attention to your body’s signal when it tells you that you are full
  6. Find out what contributes to your eating satisfaction
  7. Find ways to work out your emotions without turning to food for comfort.
  8. Embrace the weight where you feel you can perform the healthiest
  9. Exercise to gauge how your body feels when you are moving and not only to lose calories.
  10. Be mindful of your health

The journey to being mindful and intuitive in eating isn’t easy, so it’s best to be kind to yourself.

Here are some tips to help you start your journey:

  1. Sit and enjoy your food in a designated space.
  2. Take your meal without disturbance.
  3. Say a little prayer before eating.
  4. Use all your senses while eating.
  5. Cook your own food to prepare your mind and body for the nourishment you are about to take in.