Life has improved dramatically since my success with intuitive eating. Let me share my success with intuitive eating, here is my story…

My health was always relatively good growing up. I didn’t get sick often, but once just 2 years ago. I got really sick, my gut was screaming! My family is really bad about going to the doctor, we just tough it out until its really bad. Trust me I know that is not a good strategy. But there I was a month later, still in so much pain and now it had gotten to the point where my body flat out rejected everything but vegetables. 

And back then, I was not a conscious eater, so eating just vegetables was misery. I finally went to the doctor and by feeling the hard bloat on my stomach they told me I had gastritis. Where the lining in my stomach was so inflamed that the acid in there was seriously damaging me, thus why I was in so much pain. 

My success with intuitive eating was not fast or easy…

They gave me antibiotics and in a week I felt so much better. I was even able to down meat and dairy. I was very happy about the recovery because in a week from that moment in time, I was to go live abroad in Seoul South Korea. 

I feel a lesson in getting gastritis was that I didn’t listen to my body and I paid heavily for it. Sometimes we don’t listen to our bodies because the pain is something we wish to go away and by ignoring it, leaves hope for it to. Which prolongs the suffering. But one thing that can do more good than harm is by actually listening to the body and asking our self the question of “why the pain is there to begin with?”

The story doesn’t end there, so there I was in South Korea still not listening to my body, and being in more pain. Lucky for me that Asian countries have very healthy meals available at a cheap price. So the next year and a half becomes a trial and error of listening to my body. I would give myself the attention I need to ask how I was doing and other times I would just mindlessly eat what ever was in front of me (and of course regretting it afterwards). 

It wasn’t until 7 months ago that I was studying research psych at Castleton University and my focus was intuitive eating. I would experiment on myself before experimenting with a research study. I noticed that eating intuitively was the most simple thing on earth.

I eat when I’m hungry and I stop eating when I’m full.

Before adopting this lifestyle. I was counting my calories, and making sure that I was eating enough for the day. Trust me there is nothing more stressful than counting calories. 

As I began to eat more intuitively I noticed that my body no longer wanted meat, so I became a vegetarian. My body rewarded me greatly by increasing my appetite and giving me more energy in the day. 

My success with intuitive eating was not accomplished alone…

It also helped to have a friend that was vegetarian, cause then we could cook together and go grocery shopping together. I would highly include that my success to improving my health was possible because of surrounding myself with like-minded individuals.

Soon after only being a vegetarian for 4 months, I noticed that my body was letting me know big time that dairy was not okay for me anymore. So I became vegan! It was a wonderful synchronicity that my vegetarian friend became vegan too in the same week. 

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I was not only noticing that my health was improving from listening to my body but my reality was aligning, because my mind was practicing to have trust in myself. And when we trust our intuition, it can shift our reality so fast and in wonderful unexpected ways! 

It seems that at the start of my health journey, I got a great push to change, but I didn’t see it as an opportunity to change, I saw it as a great burden and a painful experience. Thus blinding me of an opportunity.

But when I took steps in trusting my intuition a year later, I faced those same strong pushes for change and I saw them this time as a need to adapt and change my perspective. 

We all go through these things in life and it can either profoundly change us, or miserably depress us. It all depends on us. We hold the key to our own future, whether it be a painful one or positive life changing one. 

If you suffer from your gut and want to find relief once and for all, your reading the wrong blog. I said “my success with intuitive eating, not how I cured my leaky gut. I still find pain at times with things I eat, but now the trust I have with my body is so strong that I know I can take the right steps in listening what my body needs. 

Intuitive eating is for people who want a lifestyle change, not a diet change. I believe that there is no secret one cure all diet, not even veganism. But if you are willing to look at yourself and be raw with yourself, then intuitive eating is something you can succeed in too!

Here are the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating

1. Reject the Diet Mentality

Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.

2. Honor Your Hunger

Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.

3. Make Peace with Food

Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.

4. Challenge the Food Police

Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating minimal calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor the unreasonable rules that dieting has created. The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.

5. Respect Your Fullness

Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what is your current fullness level?

6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor

The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living. In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence–the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conducive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had “enough”.

7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food

Find ways to comfort, nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won’t solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.

8. Respect Your Body

Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.

9. Exercise—Feel the Difference

Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm. If when you wake up, your only goal is to lose weight, it’s usually not a motivating factor in that moment of time.

10. Honor Your Health

Gentle Nutrition Make food choices that honor your health and taste-buds while making you feel well. Remember that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my success with intuitive eating and these 10 principles.

Blessed be.

-Marbella

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