Intuitive Eating, Mental Recovery, Physical Recovery

When Can I Start Practicing Intuitive Eating

Heya my sweet, lovely, beautiful, strong, warriors! Christmas is tomorrow and I am beyond excited. Although, this does not feel as Christmasy as it used to when I was younger. Some of the magic is gone, but I feel like things change when your older.

You get to embrace new parts of Christmas. You get to create your own Christmas feel, and you get to learn more about the real reason for Christmas. It is not just about presents and decorations, but you learn about the story behind it and the point of it all.

The point is to give. To give to others and to be filled with the awe-inspiring joy that Christ came to save us and show us the perfect example of loving others.

So to the point of this post. I want to talk about a topic that is in the grey areas of recovery. Mainly because it will differ for everyone.

When it comes to intuitive eating, which I believe is a crucial part of your recovery, it can be different for everyone. Intuitive eating in its own can be confusing for most people because it is not clearly defined. The way I see it is that intuitive eating is the state of unconsciously listening to your hunger and full cues, while being able to mentally feed yourself, even when your body does not agree.

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So, when it comes to recovery I feel like intuitive eating is definitely not something that should be practiced at the beginning. To me intuitive eating comes with your recovery, after months or even years of working towards recovery.

Because when you are in recovery your hunger and full cues are usually skewed. Which means practicing intuitive eating would be counteractive and end up hurting your recovery. In recovery, especially the beginning, you have to instead practice a more strict diet. Not strict as in cutting out foods or restricting, but strict as in the completely opposite.

Strict as in you either sat down with a team of doctors, or you have done research enough or feel comfortable enough to figure a diet that helps you recover. A diet that adds foods back in and gives you flexibility which may seem scary at first.

I can’t tell you exactly when YOU should start practicing intuitive eating, but I know what has worked for me. I believe that you do not just jump straight into intuitive eating, first off it’s not that easy, second off if you do it may not last.

I think that intuitive eating comes one step at a time. You start with one day of the week, one meal, and you practice trying to listen to your body. You try, after months of working in recovery, to listen to you body. To finally listen and see if you can feel your hunger cues, or your full cues. Trust me it is not easy and I still struggle with it.

The only danger of intuitive eating that I see during recovery is that some may abuse it and use it as a help towards their ED. It is not meant to be another restrictive measure. Please do not wait around all day to try and feel a huger cue, or don’t stop eating when you “think you are full”.

Stick to you’re eating plan during recovery. Intuitive eating is something that comes after years of recovery when you can mentally embrace it without any underlying thoughts of restricting or using it abusively.

So, that all being said, I think intuitive eating is closer towards the end steps of recovery, but it is a crucial step that must be made. To me intuitive eating a a moment of freedom, of trust between your brain and your body. So in order to practice intuitive eating without using it restrictively, your brain needs to be near fully recovered and in a safe place to work on intuitive eating.

Love, Mack.

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