In Part 1 of my blog series, we explored the concept of Preventative Eating (PE) and why it may not be the most effective approach to nourishing our bodies. Now, let’s delve into practical steps to prevent PE and foster a healthier relationship with food.
1. Learn to Trust Your Body’s Wisdom: Are you getting enough sleep, self care and fun?
Maybe that’s a good place to start. Pay attention to your body’s hunger signals. Trust that your body knows when it needs nourishment and when it doesn’t. Consider reevaluating not only “why” you eat but also “what” and “how” you’re currently consuming food. Changes in your metabolism may require adjustments to your diet.
2. Avoid Becoming Overly Hungry: Allowing yourself to become excessively hungry can lead to overeating or making less-than-ideal food choices. Keep nutritious and satisfying snacks like almonds, fruit, or string cheese on hand to curb extreme hunger and prevent PE.
3. Overcome the Fear of Hunger: Remind yourself that food scarcity is no longer an issue. Trust that you have the privilege to eat when you genuinely need to. Whenever possible, schedule your meals at times convenient for you.
4. Embrace Food Flexibility and Freedom: Release the notion that external experts know better than your internal hunger cues. Embrace the freedom of trusting your body’s innate wisdom when it comes to eating.
5. Consider Investigating Yourself and Your Diet More Deeply: Sometimes, it’s essential to reconsider “what” you are eating. Certain foods, even if they are considered “healthy,” might not provide the lasting sustenance your body needs. Your dietary needs can change over time.
6. Practice Patience and Self-Compassion: Developing a mindful approach to eating requires time and self-compassion. Be patient with yourself as you relearn to trust your body’s wisdom and cultivate a healthier relationship with food.
Remember, it’s entirely okay to experience hunger for a while. In fact, feeling hungry can help you become more attuned to your body’s needs and enhance your overall eating experience.
So, let’s embrace mindful nourishment and bid farewell to Preventative Eating for a more balanced and satisfying relationship with food.
With Nourishing Thoughts,