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Okay, on to how I'm doing with Intuitive Eating this week.
So far, so good!
I'm focusing on the first principle of IE: Reject the Diet Mentality.
For me, this means to stop worrying about PointsPlus. Stop giving certain foods the label "good" (Power Foods) and other foods the label "bad" (junk foods) and there is another label for a former WW-er, and that is "okay, but not the best" (foods that aren't Power Foods but aren't quite junk foods, like avocados, nuts, nut butter, Lara Bars, etc.).
It's so difficult to STOP thinking in terms of WW, when that's how I've been eating for years now.
I've also begin to gently focus on the second principle, which is "honor your hunger". I won't be too worried about mastering that one quite yet though. As soon as I've mastered (or gotten much better at) rejecting the diet mentality, I will move on to adding in "honor your hunger".
I originally had told myself that I would devote 1 week to each principle, and that I would be a professional Intuitive Eater in 12 weeks... but then I realized that was some good ol' Diet Mentality creeping in!
There is no rush to this process. I will take my time, since this is the way that I wish to eat forever.
Just to give you an idea of how I'm eating... here's what I ate yesterday. I tried to focus on my hunger signals and what my body wanted, but mostly I was working on rejecting the diet mentality.
breakfast- oatmeal made with almond milk, applesauce, and a banana
lunch- leftover cous-cous with black beans, tomatoes, and evoo; 2 pickle spears; wasa crackers with hummus and salsa
snack- Lara Bar and craisins
dinner- peanut butter with a banana
snack- steamed veggies
snack- saltine crackers
exercise: 40 minutes treadmill run/walk intervals
Not too "bad", right? ;-) As always with IE, I have no meal plan in place for today. But I'm determined to learn to enjoy eating and enjoy food again. Also, (and this is the biggest one), I have a long-term goal of making food just a part of my life, not what I base my life around. I'm sick of thinking about food all of the time, and IE should really help me to get away from that.