A Weekend of Intuitive Eating

February 13, 2017 in Recovery / Yummy Eats

Hi loves and happy Monday!! Hope you all had a great weekend. 🙂

I wanted to share some eats + rambles with you all today so let’s get started!

First things first: What does intuitive eating mean to me?

Out of all the questions I get asked through this blog/Instagram, I think the most popular ones are those pertaining to intuitive eating. I want to write a post in the near future on how I transitioned to intuitive eating, but today I just want to show you all some eats from a weekend that was definitely a great example of intuitive eating. For me, intuitive eating means being in tune with my body. It is accepting that what I need is different than what someone else needs. It is not denying my cravings: it is accepting and honoring them. Intuitive eating has no rules around food. There is no right or wrong. There is no morality tied to the foods I eat. Intuitive eating is eating when I am hungry, but also eating when I am not hungry.

Friday 

Friday I had plans of getting Chipotle for dinner with a friend. I had the best burrito bowl!

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This had brown rice, pinto beans, fajita vegetables, medium salsa, corn, lettuce, and guac!

My bff and I enjoyed our little dinner date and she got on the topic of how much she wanted a smoothie. Then I was like dang a smoothie does sound pretty freakin’ good right no. By no means was I hungry, but I couldn’t get my mind off that smoothie. So we drove to the mall and got ourselves some smoothies! And they were so good.

If I didn’t get a smoothie, I would have been sitting and thinking about it. I would have felt unsatisfied. Sure, I wasn’t hungry. But clearly I had a craving. And if I denied myself of that craving, I wouldn’t have been listening to my body. So I went with what my mind and body were telling me and I was so satisfied!

Saturday 

I went to bed knowing I had plans with my friend and her boyfriend for a meal in the morning, but I didn’t know what time! I rested in the morning until my friend woke up, and we ended up leaving campus around 10:40 to go grab brunch!

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We went to the cutest little juice bar. 🙂 I got a smoothie with almond milk, almonds, honey, banana, dates, and cinnamon! And a piece of multigrain toast with egg salad and avocado. So so good! I also tried (and loved) bulletproof coffee!!

In the past, this would have stressed me out. Brunch wasn’t a thing in my book. It was too anxiety-provoking. Do I eat breakfast before hand?? Or lunch after? My disordered brain couldn’t cope with brunch. 

After brunch, I headed back to campus to relax and get some reading done. About two hours after this meal, I had a banana because I was a bit hungry. And then after a workout, I had a snack. (perfect bar and fruit!) Then I went and grabbed dinner an hour after that because I had plans. This is what intuitive eating is to me. Grabbing food when I’m hungry and not worrying about when I ate last, not worrying about when I will eat next; just simply focusing on what my body wants and needs in THAT moment. Food is fun, not something to be stressing over. 

Sunday 

I went out with friends Saturday night and had a great time. I slept in a bit Sunday (10:15 is sleeping in for me!!) When I woke up I took my vitamins and some airborne because I really am trying to keep my immune system well. I had a bowl of Love Grown cereal with raspberries and almond milk plus a vanilla siggis before heading out the door to get some schoolwork done at Starbucks!

I grabbed a veinti skinny vanilla latte with coconut milk at Starbucks while reading for my Theories of Personality class. After about two hours, I left and headed to the grocery to pick up some food. When I got back to my room (around 2:30) I snacked on some rice cakes with peanut butter and celery with hummus while watching One Tree Hill. 🙂 About an hour and a half later I had another snack (cliff bar + kombucha!) And around 6 ish I had dinner plans before church.

When I got back from church, I was craving a Lenny and Larry’s cookie, so I obviously had one of those.

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It is okay to eat close together. Because I slept in a little later, my meals were kind of all over the place. But it’s okay because my body knows what’s up. I just started my day with a bowl of cereal, but right before i left for Starbucks my body was like yoooo I’m hungry so I grabbed a yogurt while running out the door! And while I was watching One Tree Hill, I was thinking about how much I wanted a kombucha so I grabbed one. Simple as that. 

If you deny your body of what it wants, you aren’t going to stop thinking about it. That’s when food obsession comes in. If you want the latte instead of just a black coffee go get the freaking latte. If you want the cookie eat the cookie. The more you deny yourself of what you actually want, the more you’re brain is going to be clouded by thoughts of food. 

That’s it for today’s post friends! Hope you all enjoyed it.

As always, leave any thoughts you have about this in the comments! You know I love reading them. 🙂 

Now tell me: 

Favorite thing you ate this weekend? (Mine was def that brunch!!)

Have the best Monday peeeps. Go do something that’ll make ya smile! 🙂

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26 Comments

  • Reply stephanie February 13, 2017 at 3:46 am

    How wonderful it is to be free!! Love ya!

  • Reply Abigail Trainor February 13, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I had my first Siggi’s yogurt today. OMG. It was pretty good. Not too sweet but not sour and creamy. Thanks for being a positive example! I loved your line “The more you deny yourself of what you actually want, the more you’re brain is going to be clouded by thoughts of food”. So true. Hope you have a good week!

    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      I loveee siggi’s! Thank You for your support Abigail!! <3

  • Reply Emily February 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    YES to all of this! I love how you said you grabbed a smoothie because you knew you wouldn’t stop thinking about it; sometimes I’m not hungry for a night snack, but I usually know that my body needs something more, so I enjoy a mug of cereal! You’re one of my examples when it comes to intuitive eating. Thanks Lyss!
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    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      thank you so much em <3 xoxo

  • Reply Elizabeth February 13, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Healthy and not denying yourself of the food you WANT!!! I love Chipotle so that sounds amazing. This weekend I had a disappointing salad because my family was getting hot dogs and I’m vegetarian, but then we shared some cake and cupcakes and it was so fun! I had cake and a cupcake because although I didn’t need both of them, my mind wanted to try them both because they were homemade! And I’m glad i didn’t hold back:) Have a great week!

    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      oooh YES to cupcakes 🙂 proud of you for having both! hope you enjoyed your week love!

  • Reply Allie February 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    love this post gf 🙂

  • Reply Sage February 13, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Food rules = no food freedom! Love intuitive eating. It makes you feel so much more in touch with your body. I think if more people ate the things that their body was asking for they would be more nourished and satisfied- and happier 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      it seriously does make you feel way more in touch with your body 🙂 which is such an important thing!

  • Reply Miss Polkadot February 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Yes! I’m agreeing with you on all points. If we crave a certain food but don’t want to give in to it and try to make the longing disappear by eating other – “healthier” – foods it’ll only backfire at some point. Your weekend sounds so nice and I’m curious about the Theories of Personality class. What exactly does it entail?
    Happy Monday, Lyss!
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    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      thank you so much <3
      my class right now is a lot about different psychologists: we are talking about freud and his reasoning behind OCD, all of his theories, etc. Very interesting so far!

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot February 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Sounds like a yummy weekend! I was craving more sweets than normal and had a dessert after lunch and a dessert after dinner yesterday! If I hadn’t I know I would have been craving dessert nonstop!
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    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      it was a yummy weekend! and nothing wrong with craving desserts for sure 🙂

  • Reply Ellie Pell February 14, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Intuitive eating is fun. That’s all I have to say about that. When I over-analyze what I put in my mouth, food isn’t fun anymore and that sucks.
    The best thing I ate this past weekend was fried tofu over black bean spaghetti. It was amazing!
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    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      It IS fun!! amen to that girl. And that black bean spaghetti sounds so yummy!

  • Reply Michal February 14, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Thank you for this! Often I hear people talk about intuitive eating in general terms which isn’t always super helpful. I’m slowly learning what intuitive eating is and I agree with everything you said!

    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      thank you so much for reading it and stopping by!

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law February 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Your weekend of intuitive eating looks so so delicious!

    My favourite thing I ate this weekend was definitely nutella brownies – especially when paired with a coffee or a mocha! <3
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    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      nutella brownies with coffee?! sounds heavenly to me!

  • Reply Susie @ Suzlyfe February 15, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    “There is no morality tied to the foods I eat. Intuitive eating is eating when I am hungry, but also eating when I am not hungry.”
    Yes yes yes, love love love!
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    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      thank you so much susie!!

  • Reply kat February 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    What I love so much about intuitive eating is that it really is about the individual. You eat according to YOUR body and its needs, not some meal plan that someone created as a “one size fits all” sort of approach. Your intuitive eating might look different from mine and vise versa however the core of it remains the same – listening to your body and its needs and putting that first and foremost!
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    • Reply Alyssa February 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      YES- couldn’t agree more with you on that. Each person eats in their own and unique way!

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