How to Listen to & Honor your Cravings

This is an excerpt from Day 4 of my 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge eGuide:

"If you've ever been on a diet, you know that cravings can be strong and can derail you off the diet train in an instant. Instead, what if you gave yourself permission to eat anything you want? Yes, anything.

When you are on a diet, or even just focusing on "eating clean," we often have rules or guidelines we follow. "No eating after 6." "Don't eat carbs." Blah, blah, blah. Rules are boring.

You are an individual. A diet book can't tell you what you need to eat. Only you can. Nutrition books can introduce you to a style of eating that may work for you, but they should not be followed verbatim. Even when you are working with a dietitian or nutritionist, you should experiment and work on individualizing your own diet. If you browse through all the different diet books, pay attention to what is the same about them, such as focusing on adding more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Your body has an innate wisdom to tell you what you need, but over time, we lose the ability to eat intuitively. If you want to understand this intuition, watch a child eat. In a safe and supportive environment, children will eat until they are satisfied. They will eat seconds if they are hungry, or leave food on their plate if they are not. Competent eaters will balance out their energy needs over time. Children or normal eaters may eat less or more each day based on their body’s cues.

Instead of listening to these cues, our society has become the “clean plate club,” and we are taught to eat our entire plate. If you listen to your hunger and fullness cues, you can feed your body what it needs. Yes, other factors may play a role, such as hormones, nutrient deficiencies, and food quality, but listening to our bodies’ cues can be one of your first steps.

Paying attention to your cravings can tell you a lot....You also do not have to deny your craving. Recognize it, and make a choice.

Your Challenge:

Be a rule-breaker, and eat after 6 pm or eat real sugar (gasp!). Listen to your cravings and your body. Use the hunger and fullness cues. You may not identify or test all your past diet rules today, but try to recognize them as you are going through the day. If you notice a rule pop into your head, add it to the list. Then, consider how it would feel to try something different. Over time, you may test the rules you’re used to following and create your own individualized nutrition plan."

30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge eGuide

Ready to Ditch the Diets? Savor Food. Nourish Yourself. Eat Intuitively. Use this Guide.

Here's what others have to say about it:

“I know the course I am on now (real food and mindfulness) is the course that I will be on for the rest of my life and the one and only way that I will achieve a healthy happy relationship with food.  I have seen enormous progress, so the fact that I am not perfect is not tripping me up.” -Valerie

"The eGuide is a 30-day mindful eating challenge that takes a non-dieting approach. You won’t find calorie counting and restricting fat grams with this Dietitian’s approach. Thank goodness for that. It’s not another guide of yes/no foods either. It instead teaches you to listen to your body and its natural intuition…She breaks each day down with a task. I LOVE how the challenge becomes less intimidating and overwhelming this way. It’s simply one day at a time.” -Mary

“I love this book because it doesn’t approach the subject of food with a restrictive mentality. It’s actually a way to break free from dieting, and who doesn’t want to do that?” – Vanessa

For those who are wanting more support, I added a brand-new eGuide + coaching package. You'll get a 45-minute coaching call with me during your personal challenge to explore your struggles, guide you to personalized tips to find peace with food, and answer your questions. It's an easy and affordable way to work with me one-on-one without committing to a 3-month+ coaching program. Check it out here.

I'd love for you to do that challenge and break some of your rules today or this season!