Intuitive Eating

Figuring out what to eat

August 25, 2016

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A Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) with a master's degree in dietetics & nutrition. My passion is helping you find peace with food - and within yourself.

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Some questions to ask yourself next time you are thinking about eating:

  1. "Am I actually hungry?" (If not, ask "What am I thinking and feeling right now?")
  2. "What am I hungry for? What sounds good? How hungry am I?"  Determine if you want something sweet or savory, hot or cold, crunchy or chewy, raw or cooked, meal or snack?
  3. Then ask, "What else does my body need?"  If something carbohydrate-based such as graham crackers sounded good you might consider having it with protein and fat.  Or if a nice juicy steak (protein) sounded tasty you'll need a source of carb and fat. 
  4. Next you'll ask, "What do I have access to right now that meets these needs?"  For your protein and fat with graham crackers you might have peanut butter or yogurt. With steak you could have baked potato with butter and sour cream.

Now, these ideas are lovely, but don't do you much good if you don't have these foods on hand or are in a situation where it's not available.  For instance, if you're sitting in class or at work you probably can't grill up a sirloin steak.  So you might have to delay that gratification and make due with something else in the meantime.  Just because you don't have exactly what you want doesn't mean you shouldn't eat.  

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