Remember when you were a kid and you ate when you were hungry (or when something looked super good) and stopped when you were full and satisfied? Yeah, let’s go back to that.
The One Food Rule (Out of 1 Billion)
Okay, fact check me why don’t ya? Fine fine..I probably couldn’t list one billion so called “food rules” AKA self imposed beliefs about which foods are good versus bad and should or should not be eaten. But I could definitely list one hundred. For the sake of your attention span (where my fellow millennials at??) I won’t list one hundred. I will however, submit this one that should definitely be gotten rid of. Because this “food rule”, this little guilt-ifying, frustrating, and straight up bitchy standard that most diets (and models/actresses paid to endorse diet companies) encourage – it’s not doing you any favors. Trust me.
[Insert BS Here]
Sike. If you stopped reading after the photo above, then you didn’t get the one food rule to avoid. I mean, I get we’re all millenials here but C’MON focus! The one food rule you really really need to get rid of in order to become an intuitive eater (and have a healthy relationship with food in general is:
- “If you’re actually hungry you would [insert BS diet claim here]”
Yup, that’s it. Any food rule that makes you justify your hunger – or test it with a variety of unsubstantiated, strange, downright ridiculous at times caveats is a food rule that you need to kick out of your life.
Just to really send it home, let me give you some examples of this crappy rule in action:
- If you’re actually hungry you would… eat that plain chicken breast / spinach / unappetizing gunk
- If you’re actually hungry you would… still be hungry after gulping 64 oz of water
- If you’re actually hungry you would… not be able to focus on anything else
Let me break it down for you why all of that is utter BS.
- It’s totally possible to be hungry for cheeetos, some yogurt, a handful of nuts, or a sandwich and not hungry for plain chicken breast and broccoli. If you were stranded on an island and only had the chicken breast and broccoli you would eat it. But you’re not a prisoner on an island and you don’t need to act like it. Give your body what it’s craving.
- Fact: I’ve gulped 64 oz of water trying to diminish my hunger and guess what? You’re still hungry and now your belly hurts. Drink water when you’re thirsty, when it’s been an hour or so since you had any, etc. Don’t force it down your throat as a substitute for food.
- Please don’t wait until you’re so hungry that you can’t focus on anything else. Don’t starve all day in apprehension of a meal out with friends so that you can’t even enjoy the company until the food arrives. If you’re hungry, eat. It’s the only “food rule” you need, promise.
If you have no idea what the heck intuitive eating is, take a peek at this quick little acronym. Because you want to become an intuitive eater. Honestly, it’s the end game of food freedom. It’s returning to the natural state our hunger existed in when we were children, before we learned there were rules. It’s re-establishing your hunger cues and learning to trust your body again. And it’s made possible by eliminating any rule that forces you to justify your hunger or ignore it.
I’m linking up with What I Ate Wednesday today because it’s just important to talk about eating habits as to show photos of our yummy noms! Thank you to all the lovely hosts who make this link party possible.
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