Become body intelligent!

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Your Body intelligence is your natural inbuilt body signals that tell you very clearly when, what, and how much to eat. It’s what cavemen, babies and animals use to ensure they eat the ideal amount.

Somewhere along the line many people lose touch with this, mostly due to diets and a lack of awareness when eating.

The human body has evolved over millions of years of to become an incredible machine. Your body knows what it needs better than any diet ever invented. You have inbuilt survival instincts and perfect intuition, both are incredibly powerful. We just need to get back in touch with this.

We were all born as intuitive eaters. This is the innate ability that you had when you were a baby to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.

Naturally thin people don't count calories! Instead they  eat whatever they want, when they want. They are very good at using and trusting their body intelligence. This is the key to weight management freedom.

Your body is amazing

Your body is amazing. It tells you everything you need to know to survive and it knows when you need rest, warmth, comfort, movement, water, and sleep. It can also tell you when you are in pain, upset, ill, or unhealthy.

You probably do listen to what your body is telling you. If your eyes are heavy and you are yawing you go to sleep, if you have a dry mouth you take a drink of water. But what about if you are hungry... do you eat?

Many people no longer trust their body's hunger, instead many think, "how can my body possibly know when and what it should eat"?

Why is it we have lost faith in our own bodies? Do we need a diet to tell us what we should eat over our own natural intuition...?

Intuitive eating is the ultimate key to recovery

intuitive eating can be used to replace strict eating rules and diets. It is the most simple, natural, easy and effective weight management system ever.

10 reasons why you should listen to your Body instead of restrictive diets

  1. If you listen to your body it will tell you when to eat and when to stop eating, this is because you will feel huger and satiety sensations. By eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full you will remain at your healthy ideal weight. If you are overweight you may start to begin to lose weight and if you are underweight you will gain a few extra much needed pounds to meet your ideal weight set-point.
  2. Unlike diets, learning to listen to your hunger requires no willpower or motivation. Hunger and satiety are simple natural mechanisms; once you have mastered them you will never need to worry about what and when you eat. Your body knows best and it will guide you there.
  3. Eating when you are hungry is one of life’s most pleasurable experiences; food tastes fabulous when you are hungry and it can make life more pleasurable, that is, if you take time to enjoy it for what it is.
  4. Eating when you are hungry and stopping when you feel satisfied gives your mind a mental break. No more stressing about how much, or how many calories are in your meals and snacks.
  5. Listening to your hunger and acknowledging it is simple, this is your natural eating pattern. You can only become better at listening and addressing your bodies needs.
  6. Body intelligence allows your body to self correct. For example if you eat too little the day before, your body will compensate for this by raising your hunger levels the following day. The same happens if you eat too much, you will not feel as hungry depending on what was eaten.
  7. Hunger sensations are your survival signals. Not responding to  hunger will send your body into 'starvation crisis mode'.
  8. Learning to listen to your hunger is one of the best tools to combat bulimia.
  9. Listening to use your Body Intelligence is the most natural way to eat.
  10. Using your body intelligence helps you to avoid non-hungry eating (this is eating when you are not  physically hungry). Non-hungry eating is thought to be the number 1 reason for obesity.

dieting world

How did I lose my body intelligence?

Upon arrival in this world you had an innate ability to eat only when your body needed fed. You would eat when you were hungry and stop when you had enough. However somewhere along the line this was lost!

Are you using external factors to dictate hunger rather than 'tuning in' to your intuition?

It’s thought that some babies can lose their ability to follow their natural instincts if external control is taking over their eating habits.

This may also happen when children are continually made to finish their plate before leaving the table, they instead rely on a finished plate to tell them that enough food has been consumed, instead of their natural satiety regulator.

Dieting tends to be the reason most of us have lost touch with our hunger sensations. Once you become accustomed to relying on diet plans to tell you when and what to eat, you no longer listen to your natural hunger and satiety cues and you become body desensitized.

Top psychological experts in chronic dieting - P.Herman and J.Polivy, came up with the 'Boundary Model' to help explain how dieting affects our hunger and satiety levels. The model discusses that with continual dieting and ignoring hunger, gentle hunger sensations will become lifeless and muted. Instead you will only feel forceful pangs of intense hunger sensations at a 'ravenous level'. Some dieters even get to a stage where they no longer feel any sensations of hunger and satiety.

I used to think I was crazy... I could not stop eating!

It's true, I honestly thought I had gone barking mad... why else was I eating in such an uncontrollable fashion. I'm so glad I found out it's natural to binge when you are hungry!

Now that I am recovered and I finally get signals to stop eating and receive feelings of satiety. I also address my first hunger signs and understand my body's cravings. If someone told me years ago that I could get these feelings back and more importantly, be able to stop eating – I would never have believed them!

3 comments

arcoiris
arcoiris's picture
balance

I'm learning that there needs to be a balance between hunger and fullness. When I live in that balance bulimia becomes almost a non-issue for me. I have also found that when I'm with people who don't eat regular meals and I skip a meal, bulimic thoughts invade my mind and I lose control almost all of the time. Creating and maintaining balance is so important for my recovery! (I skimped on breakfast today and found myself in a crisis because of it later in the day.)

Live in the present

DollyPOP
DollyPOP's picture
Ditto that ^^^

Ditto that ^^^

emmalouise
emmalouise's picture
When I stay in the "in

When I stay in the "in between" areas of hunger and satiety I find it really easy to consciously and slowly eat,and feel satisfied after.but if ever I keep eating after I am full,even just a little, all the feelings come back and I have to really fight the urge to binge and purge.
If I just feel full a few times in the day, I think it makes me eat slightly more in the next meals.It throws me off to over eat even just a little.But I suppose The fact that I can recognise it shows improvement.

*EmmaLouise*

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