Do you ever stop to think about your food before you sit down to eat and why you are actually eating that food? Or even why we eat?
When we value things, no matter what it is, we tend to appreciate it more and see its worth for what it really is.
Because we all eat, and have done so since we were born and will continue to do so to maintain life, we often don't think twice about it, it's something that we just do.
By eating on autopilot, we lose touch with what our body is telling us, what our needs are, and why we are actually eating in the first place.
Next time you reach for something to eat, stop and think about: - what you actually feel like eating, - why you want to eat that food/meal, as in your reasons behind this decision (you're cold, you're feeling angry, you're feeling really hungry and that is what you feel will fill you best) - your emotions and whether your desire to eat is solely emotionally driven or because you are genuinely hungry, - whether that meal will make you feel good during and after (for example, if bread tends to make you feel bloated then it would be better to choose an alternative that doesn't make you feel that way, or if you're eating something because you feel you should rather than because you want to) - and how that meal is going to nourish and benefit your health (remember that it is ok to eat food for its enjoyment and the feeling of fulfilment and happiness it brings. It's when food is the only thing that makes you happy or you're eating high volumes of it to feel happy, that's what you need to be wary of).
This process is what we call intuitive eating: thinking deeper about your food choices and understanding why you've chosen what you have.
I encourage intuitive eating with my clients because it means they are then doing what works for them rather than conforming to a blanket approach of restrictive nutritional rules that often don't suit anyone. Intuitive eating allows you to be in control and helps to reduce confusion regarding what you 'should' and 'shouldn't' eat. This way food becomes more about fuel and how it is going to serve you, rather than its calorific value or its place on the 'good' or 'bad' scale that society has (un)kindly devised for us.
Have you found reverence in intuitive eating? Why did you decide to listen to your body and what it was telling you?