I've been posting a lot recently about making sure that you're hungry when you eat. But that's not quite the whole story.
Say you are hungry; how do you actually choose what you should eat?
It's a complex issue that I will be exploring a lot on this site, but for now I want to address just one small part: being willing to be surprised.
If you are anything like me, you spend a lot of time planning or thinking about what you are going to eat.
For a long time, that planning was because I was afraid of what I would eat if I didn't have a rock-solid plan in place. I would look at the menu of the restaurant before I got there, and think about what I could order that would be filling and not over-indulgent. I would decide, "I will eat exactly half of my quesadilla at the Mexican restaurant" or "I will only have a few bites of the M&M pie in the dining hall."
Now, I think about food in advance mostly because I love food. I browse cookbooks in bookstores and I think about what recipes I would make. I fantasize about taking trips so that I can experience the cuisine of that region (My boyfriend and I recently talked about one day visiting Italy. "The beautiful landscape," he said. "The fresh pasta and homemade pesto!" I replied). I begin thinking about the delicious restaurant we'll go out to, or what cake I want to order for my birthday, months in advance.
Of course, none of these types of planning are inherently bad. If they make you feel good, keep doing 'em.
But at the core of my philosophy is the idea that your body can take care of itself, if you let it.
So if you really want to eat intuitively, you need to be willing to listen to your body at the moment when you are about to eat, and be surprised at the answer.
Check out my video below for some inspiration about what that looks like.
Is this something that comes naturally to you, or something that you struggle with? Is there a situation where you've been aware of this happening for you recently?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
All my love,