Follow your own diet

Follow your own diet
We are all born natural intuitive eaters. As babies we cry, eat, and then stop eating until we are hungry again. As we grow older and rules and restrictions are set around food, we lose our inner intuitive eater. We learn to finish everything on our plate. We learn that dessert is a reward. Intuitive eating is all about re-establishing connect with our body that is constantly telling us what it needs, what and when to eat and drink, when to rest and sleep. Follow internal cues like hunger, fullness and satisfaction, and move away from external cues like food rules and restrictions. Research says people are more likely to stick to intuitive fitness programmes than they would on a diet since it gives them authority, less guilt and also the scope to indulge.
Follow 5 steps
1. Honour hunger: Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Once you reach the moment of

excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant.

2. Don’t eat for the wrong reasons: Get in touch with your feelings and don’t let food become an excuse for not dealing with emotions such as anger, anxiety or loneliness.

3. Make peace with food: Buy foods you feel like eating. Listen to your food cravings, it is alright to indulge every once in a while.

4. Stop when full: Tune into the body signals that say you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show you’re comfortably full.

5. Don’t over-exercise: Check in with your body, do not exercise hard when exhausted, opt for a gentler routine. Have a variety of workouts at your disposal and pick and choose based on how your body is feeling.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Health Education, intuitive eaters typically weigh less and have a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases..