Summer & 3 IE Struggles.

I’ve started to feel a little burnt out on all the eating out & play food of summer but seem to find myself continuing to make choices that feel fun & intuitive in the moment but don’t leave me feeling my best. With summer there are lots of times where food is part of the fun & while I don’t want to miss out on any of it, there’s a point where my body starts asking for more rest & less play food.

When I’m eating whatever I want whenever I want to & exercising only when the mood hits, those choices don’t leave me feeling my best, but the instant gratification of what feels good now is hard to pass up, especially when Intuitive Eating encourages you to let go of rules & restrictions and labels such as good and bad. I’m starting to think that principles such as all foods equal & unconditional permission to eat when done intuitively don’t look the same as eating whatever you want whenever you want to though. Continue reading “Summer & 3 IE Struggles.”

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Summer In Winter Park & Baking With No Regrets

We’ve spent the past week at our cabin in the mountains. We ride our bikes almost everywhere we go here & have gone to the library, to shop at the base, & to dinner at night. We’ve watched movies, played games, & gone on hikes. My boys have played tennis at the nearby park & yesterday me & my daughter made salt water taffy. My kitchen at home is quite a bit bigger, so it’s funny that I prefer cooking here. There’s something about smaller that just feels more cozy & less counter space makes it so much easier to clean up!! Continue reading “Summer In Winter Park & Baking With No Regrets”

No Longer Dieting Doesn’t Make You An Intuitive Eater

After reading “Intuitive Eating”, I wanted a life with freedom from food rules & exercise goals but struggled with “reject the diet mentality”. Diets may not work for most, but I was pretty good at food rules & exercise goals. Of the people in my life there are very few intuitive eaters. I have those that are careful eaters & work hard at staying “in shape” but also those that are more entitled eaters who eat what they want when they want to & don’t live the healthiest lives or feel their best. While I was sick of being on the diet mentality side of the coin I still wanted to make choices that honored my health & left me feeling good. Continue reading “No Longer Dieting Doesn’t Make You An Intuitive Eater”

Holding On To Diet Behaviors While Learning To Eat Intuitively

I wasn’t the type that could dive right in to intuitive eating. Quite honestly, if I had doven in head first, stopped exercising, & started eating whatever I felt like I don’t don’t think I would have lasted. I would have gained a bunch of weight, felt like crap from abusing my body & thought, “see, this is why I need rules”. Instead I took a million tiny steps, letting go of food rules & exercise goals a little at a time. Continue reading “Holding On To Diet Behaviors While Learning To Eat Intuitively”

Old Me Vs. New Me

On carbs….

Old me used to feel like a bottomless pit around carbs. Cookies, cake, brownies, & bread would light up my brain in a way that made me want to EAT ALL THE CARBS. It felt like I had to use incredible amounts of will power to keep myself from going overboard on those things & during weak moments or after a few drinks when my defenses we’re down I would find myself eating way too much of those foods & feeling overly full & bloated and would be furious with myself for my lack of will power & vow to stay away from these kryptonite foods. Continue reading “Old Me Vs. New Me”

Overeating

Over the last few days I have had the worst case of PMS. I’m not sleeping well, so I’m tired, easily annoyed, extra hungry, and have no motivation to accomplish anything. In the afternoons my energy is so low that it almost feels like I must be sick, but I know from past experience that some months hormones just do this to me.

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Are All Foods Equal?

I remember being a kid & thinking I couldn’t wait to be a grown up because I could eat as many cookies as I wanted whenever I wanted to. My mom didn’t restrict sugar in the slightest, she just encouraged a mix of nutrient dense along with the more fun foods. I didn’t want to eat more cookies because I couldn’t have them, I wanted to eat more cookies because cookies taste good.

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No Will Power Needed

I was scared of gaining weight so it took a while to let go to of trying to control my eating. I didn’t totally trust myself around food & felt like it took a lot of will power to wait for hunger & stop when I was satisfied. I was constantly second guessing why I wanted things like desserts or chips. Was it truly my body craving those things or was it my inner rebel telling me to eat them because I could? It felt like it took a lot of work to figure out how to eat. Continue reading “No Will Power Needed”

How Healthy Habits & Intuitive Eating Can Work Together

Me & my husband left our kids with his brother to spend the weekend in Cancun. We are staying at an amazing resort & having such a good time together. I love that with us it still feels like dating & it’s fun to get to focus on just the two of us for a few days while we’re away from our kids.

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How Do You Quit Craving Carbs?

One of the mornings in Disneyland we went to a breakfast place where there wasn’t much to choose from. There was a vegetarian breakfast sandwich with eggs & cheese or a Belgium waffle with butter & syrup. The old me would have picked the sandwich thinking the protein had more staying power, but the new me knew she wanted the waffle. I ordered the waffle, loved every bite, but realized I had eaten enough about 3/4 of the way through & gave the rest to my son who was still hungry.

It used to be that eating carbs like that would light up my taste buds & I would feel like a bottomless pit around them. Continue reading “How Do You Quit Craving Carbs?”

IE at Disneyland

One of the things I love at Disneyland are the Churros. There’s nothing that tastes better than a warm Churro when you’re hungry after walking all day in Disneyland!!

In the beginning of trying to eat more intuitively, even the smell in the air walking by a Churro stand would light up the part of my brain that made me want to EAT THEM ALL. Continue reading “IE at Disneyland”

The Morning Before A Flight

Today my crew is heading to Disney Land. We spent yesterday running around & got up this morning to finish getting everything that had to be done finished before we left. On days like this I wake up frazzled & a little stressed but my kids wake up overly excited. While I love their enthusiasm & wish I could let the excitement of a trip give me the same silly high, my reality is that I’m usually racing around trying to get all the last minute stuff done & not a whole lot of fun to be around. Continue reading “The Morning Before A Flight”

Manicure With My Girl

When we were having kids I hoped I’d eventually have a daughter. I worried that a son wouldn’t want to bake with me (not true) and that I wouldn’t have as much in common with a son that I would have with a daughter (also not true). Of all the things I’ve done with my kids the only thing I’ve done with my daughter but not my sons is a mani/pedi.

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What Happens When You Eat A Little More On The Weekend…..

Today I’m not that hungry. I woke up, went for a run, had a bowl of blueberries with my coffee & never felt all that hungry after that. I used to deprive myself all week to get to the weekend & lift the strict rules for a couple of days. Continue reading “What Happens When You Eat A Little More On The Weekend…..”

How Doing It Wrong Helped Me Get It Right

When I was started working towards becoming a more intuitive eater it was hard not to feel guilty when I felt I was doing any of it “wrong”. Things like eating when I wasn’t hungry or eating past full didn’t seem intuitive at all. Continue reading “How Doing It Wrong Helped Me Get It Right”

Learning to Love the Body I Don’t Have To Try For

I absolutly love my life since giving up trying to control my body size with food rules & exercise goals but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still days where I worry about weight gain. Continue reading “Learning to Love the Body I Don’t Have To Try For”

Pseudo Dieting Or Gentle Nutrition

When I gave up dieting & started learning to become an intuitive eater I was really excited to start baking again & made cookies, brownies, and other desserts almost every weekend.  The more I included these foods, the less out of control I felt around them & eventually it became easy to feel satisfied with enough.  Continue reading “Pseudo Dieting Or Gentle Nutrition”

How An Intuitive Eater Eats

For me an Intuitive Eater is a person who most of the time waits to eats when they are hungry and stops when they have had enough.  They eat the foods they really want, pay attention to how those foods make them feel, and use that knowledge to make CHOICES based on what they usually want or don’t want to do, not RULES about what they should or should not do.  Continue reading “How An Intuitive Eater Eats”

Super Bowl Weekend

Last week we went to Vegas & than had friends come stay in Winter Park with us for Super Bowl weekend.  It was a great week with lots of good food & drinks. The friends who stayed with us put a lot of focus on staying thin, they are careful eaters who eat lite during the day if they think they will be having extra food or drinks at night.  As happy as I am to no longer be stuck in that world, being around it always takes a toll on my confidence.   Continue reading “Super Bowl Weekend”

My Happiest Life Wasn’t In Smaller Clothes

I decided if I was going to let go of food rules & exercise goals & accept my body for the size it was without me interfering, I was going to need to buy some clothes that made me feel good in that body.  Anything I put on that made me think “oh my gosh, I must have put on weight” had to go into the Goodwill pile or a bin in storage.   Continue reading “My Happiest Life Wasn’t In Smaller Clothes”

Choosing Happy

At Christmas it was so nice to go through holiday baking, parties, more eating out, & less exercise without the stress & guilt that trying to control my weight used to bring.  It was so much fun to eat what I most wanted without ever feeling too full and enjoy all the fun of the holidays without thoughts of how I’d make up for it later.  So I was surprised when January came & old feelings started to creep back in.  Going through weeks where I exercise less & eat out more are fun but don’t always leave me feeling my best. I wanted to feel better & include more foods that nourish my body & find more time for exercise, but for me anytime I started to think that way, it usually just meant I wanted to lose weight.

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Perfect Is The Enemy Of Good

I used to feel like anytime I ate more than I thought I should, I would gain weight.  Diets made me feel that even tiny indiscretions lead to weight gain so a dinner out, a vacation, a holiday, or a missed workout all were things that made me nervous.  Diets are all about perfection, intuitive eating is not, Continue reading “Perfect Is The Enemy Of Good”

5 Things That Help Me Eat More Intuitively

  1. I made sure my meals were filled with foods I loved that left me feeling satisfied instead of wanting more.  I tried to include as many food groups as possible in my meals to fuel my body & make me feel energized.  I had to learn to eat in a way that left me feeling satisfied & happy instead of deprived.
  2. I avoid all diet foods.  Diet foods are not satisfying & they can create a “halo effect” making me feel like I deserve something more when my goal is to have satisfying meals that don’t leave me feeling short changed.
  3. I sit down & eat slowly.  I try to make everything I eat something that I really love, so I usually take time to make sure to enjoy what I’m having.
  4. I’m intentional about my cravings.  I don’t eat anything just because I can (that’s entitled eating, not intuitive eating). If I’m not going to eat past full,  I can only fit so much in my stomach so I make sure to pick things I really want which is so much more satisfying than grabbing on old piece of halloween candy or handfuls of cereal out of the box.  I deserve better than that.
  5. If I am debating on if I am hungry or not, I wait.  Meals taste better & are more satisfying when I am truly hungry.

 

 

 

 

10 Tips To Eat Like A Normal Person

  1. Some foods satisfy cravings & some satisfy hunger.  If you don’t care if you eat an apple or apple pie, choose the apple, but if you’re craving apple pie, your body won’t be fooled by the apple, eat the fricken apple pie!!!
  2. If you wait to eat until you’re hungry, you’re food will taste A LOT better.
  3. Don’t make yourself miserable with food rules & exercise just to weigh a little less, choose happy.
  4. Find a way to get exercise that you enjoy.  Exercise makes you feel better, but it’s a lot harder to make a habit out of something that you dread.
  5. THERE ARE NO BAD FOODS.  All foods contain carbs, protein, and/or fat that everybody needs.
  6. THERE ARE NO GOOD FOODS.  By thinking of nutritious foods as good, it makes it seem like you can eat as much as you want  whenever you want to.  Eating ANYTHING when you’re not hungry is giving your body fuel it doesn’t need.
  1. Notice how food loses its taste when you start to get full. Stopping when you are satisfied means you will be hungry again sooner & you’ll feel a lot better.
  1. It’s what you do most if the time that matters, not the things that only happen sometimes.  It’s great to have good habits, but living a life with rigid rules doesn’t bring happiness.  Get rid of the “always”, nevers, won’ts, can’ts, and have to’s.
  2. Nutrition studies are usually flawed & tend to be biased.  Always question any study that vilifies food.
  3. It’s great to fuel your body with nutrient rich foods, but nutrient rich foods on their own don’t tend to be satisfying. Choose a variety of foods that contain carbs, fat, and protein that will leave you feeling satisfied in a way that a plate of veggies never will.

Do All Kids Eat Intuitively?

Of my 3 kids, one seems to crave more junk food & less nutritious food than my other 2 do.  He’s my middle one, so how much different with food could we have been with him growing up?!?  It makes me think that there is more to eating intuitively than how we are raised & our experience with dieting.  I can tell from my kids & their friends that we are all born craving different things, that some of us naturally eat more intuitively than others, and that the most intuitive ones seem to effortlessly stay the perfect size for them.

My Intuitive Eating Fears


When I first heard about Intuitive Eating it sounded a lot harder than any diet I had tried.  I pictured a constant argument with myself over if I was hungry or not & what was the right level of full.  I felt like a bottomless pit, able to eat large quantities of food without ever feeling all that full, especially when I included less nutritious foods in my diet.  Without the rules of a diet to guide me how would I ever know what, when, & how much to eat?

On balancing low nutrient & high nutrient foods…

Fear:

Why wouldn’t I eat Oreos, Milk Duds, ice cream, or brownies everyday if I was really eating what I wanted.  It seems to me I always have room for dessert.  Plus some of them only make me hungrier when I eat them.  I had over-eaten those things plenty of times when I didn’t have enough will power to stop.

Reality:

After a few times overdoing it on less nutritious foods I quickly learned that I didn’t WANT to overdo it & feel miserable.  Once I trusted that I could have those foods when I wanted, it became silly to overdo it on them & feel miserable.

I realized that in the past when I would underfeed myself, my body was desperate for nutrients & because a lot of these foods aren’t very good at satisfying hunger, my body wasn’t good at registering full which would leave me overeating them & feeling out of control.  When I would remind myself that these foods were only good at satisfying a craving & if I was still hungry I should switch to something better at satisfying hunger, they no longer had the same effect.

On body acceptance & rejecting the diet mentality……

Fear:

If I actually eat what I most want,  won’t it be like how I eat on vacation or holidays when I’m taking a “break” from diet rules & calorie counting?  I always hate how I feel after that “time off” and am usually excited to get back to rules & restrictions.

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Why I Wanted To Quit Dieting


I had been on an endless cycle of trying to be “healthy”, doing “good” for a short amount of time, and eventually missing certain “bad” foods, or a the feeling of being satisfied after eating a meal. I always had to make myself stop eating & when I was good I would stop, but when I didn’t have enough will power to stop, I would keep going, usually to the point of eating WAY too much. I would have a “what the hell” moment where if I had already blown my good day, might as well keep going. Continue reading “Why I Wanted To Quit Dieting”