The reasoning — what I’m about to say — will probably disappoint some of you who really were rooting for me to love intuitive eating, but I’m not one to lie, so … here’s my confession.
Intuitive eating just doesn’t come naturally to me without journaling; I’m just not there yet, and don’t know if I’ll ever be.
So instead of feeling frustrated at myself for giving in to emotional eating, I decided to work on my behaviors and, more importantly, my thinking. And in doing so, my anxiety levels are at a bare minimum. Hurrah!
As it has worked out, the past three days I’ve been eating cleaner, which naturally makes me feel better. I have more energy when I am eating balanced. And, surprisingly, it’s been very intuitive.
(I’ve even found a new breakfast love: overnight oats using PLAIN Fage 2% Greek yogurt with oats, a splash of milk, and a drizzle of honey, topped with blueberries. I’ve never been able to stomach plain yogurt, but this Fage 2% plain is so incredibly thick and delish … I have been loving it!)
What some of my readers might not like to hear is that I’ve been journaling on a new site (for me) called TheDailyPlate.com, which is very similar to Sparkpeople that — yes — counts calories. Which is inherently not “intuitive.”
But … and here’s the rub — I’m not obsessing over the numbers. No scale, nothing.
I’m journaling at MyDailyPlate, but just using it as a parameter; if I go over, I go over. I honestly like how it shows the nutritional breakdown of what I’m eating, and it’s inspiring me to make choices that make me feel good (and yes, that sometimes means chocolate! :))
A friend recommended it and I figured, why not give it a shot?I find the interface fun and easy to use (and I like it better than SP). Truthfully, I needed something new to be excited about to get me motivated.
I know I’m not unhealthy or overweight (I’ve already agreed to ignore certain barometers that tell me otherwise) but it’s no secret that I have some weight I’d like to lose for my own health — and it’s not an unhealthy amount I’m looking to lose (just what I gained while beating chewing/spitting this year).
If nothing else, I’d like to give it the old college try. If it doesn’t work, so be it — but it’d be nice to feel good in my clothes again.
On the other side of the coin, which some of my readers who know me as a gym-rat might be happy to hear about, I’ve been cutting back on exercise, and I feel great.
I’m loving walking with my walking group at lunch on days when I can do it, and I’ve enjoyed lots of leisurely bike rides with my husband or my friends that are just for fun. And I’m still going to the gym, but without the urgency I used to feel. I’m stopping when I feel like it; not pushing myself.
I think sometimes things just fall into place, and when my eating is on track, I don’t over-exercise. It’s definitely an incentive, for an emotional eater like myself, to be in this place of calm.
Granted it’s only three days in (today being four), but I’m hoping to ride this wave as long as I can. I like feeling in a groove; one that is not at all feeling restrictive and one that isn’t a free-for-all either.
For now, I’m going to give it a whirl. And though I’m talking about a weight loss site today, I’d like to note: this isn’t a weight-loss blog, and never will be– you won’t see pictures of my food or tallies or descriptions of my intake or output. You won’t hear about my weight, or anything of the sort. My focus hasn’t changed; I’m just trying out something new, in conjunction with adapting some IE tactics, as well.
Ultimately, I need to learn how to live and have a healthy (nondisordered) relationship with food, and right now, the way to do it is through a little flexibility and a little guidance. Consider this my outreach for some help….
I hope you have a safe, happy and healthy weekend!
How about you? Has anyone else used this site? Do you feel momentum re: eating/exercise at certain times? Which usually sets your tone?