I love food, and I love eating.
When I was first introduced to intuitive eating though, I thought it was all about eating when I'm hungry and stopping when I'm full, and I was really turned off by that! It makes sense, but sometimes I like to eat crunchy chips because they're satisfying. Or I like to eat birthday cake at a party, because it's part of that experience.
Sometimes I consciously choose to eat, even if I'm not hungry, and it's not a bad thing. This is because in that particular moment, eating chips or cake is feeding my soul, and that's ALSO eating intuitively.
I'll give you an example: Last week, I was grabbing coffee with a friend, and the cafe had these donuts that looked amazing. I wasn't really hungry, but we both decided to share two donuts because it would be fun (and so delish)! It's what my soul was asking for.
I mean... how could I resist?
Those donuts were part of my experience spending time with a friend and chatting over coffee, and that's reason enough to get them.
Things get a bit complex when it comes to emotional or disordered eating patterns, but I'm talking about eating a donut simply because you want a donut (or whatever food you may want)!
When it comes to eating something just because you want to, it's best to not overcomplicate things. I don't think you need to ask yourself a ton of questions to figure out if you actually want a donut or any other food you're craving. If you want it, you want it!
See, food can be a source of fuel AND pleasure. There aren't any "rules" when it comes to intuitive eating, which may seem scary because diet culture has us trained to think in terms of hunger, calories and macros. But THIS is food freedom.
It's a practice that tends to get more comfortable and easier over time, but again -- intuitive eating is a practice. Perfection doesn't exist here, and that's why it's so awesome.
With lots of love and donuts,