January 2018 - Page 2 of 2 - My Mind My Body

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Month: January 2018

Am I Hungry, Thirsty, or Emotional?

Am I Hungry, Thirsty, or Emotional?

When I first started intuitive eating, I was hyper-vigilant. I was constantly thinking about what my body was telling me and over-analyzed every sensation. Was I hungry or thirsty or both? I never considered myself an emotional eater, so it never occurred to me that this may also be part of the equation. Another layer was added to my over-analysis when my therapist gently guided me to the realization that I was eating emotionally. Because I had ignored my body’s natural cues for so long, determining if I needed to drink something, eat something, or tend to my emotional needs was downright confusing.

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The Ripple Effect of Intuitive Eating

The Ripple Effect of Intuitive Eating

After working really hard these past few months, I declared today a “lazy day”. As I settled into my recliner and scrolled through my TV show options on Netflix, I thought about what I was in the mood for. Did I want to watch something I haven’t seen before like Santa Clarita Diet or an oldie but goodie like That 70’s Show? Perhaps a light comedy like Jane the Virgin would interest me? Or maybe something more dark and serious like Narcos or even Dexter? As I clicked on my show of choice,1 I realized that I based my decision not on any outside factors like whether or not there was a backlog of a certain show but on what appealed to me at that moment. It was all very…intuitive.

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