Daily Eats: If Intuitive Eating is Hard, You’re Doing it Right

Morning ladies. Are we happy it’s Friday? Today I’m sharing yesterday’s eats with you, along with letting you know what’s coming up on the blog next week. You won’t want to miss it! Make SURE you’re signed up for email updates.

Before we dive into MY eats, let’s remember the purpose of me sharing them. It’s to show you that you can ALSO learn to honor your body, eat in a way that feels good for you, and feel comfortable, and even confident in your own skin. And guess what? This is all without diets, deprivation, or counting calories.

I read a quote yesterday, and I wanted to share it with you all. I know from talking with so many of you, that a lot of you feel like you should just “get” intuitive eating right away, right? I know I did when I first started, years ago…

Well, I’m here to tell you that’s just not true. You should not just “get it” right away. In fact, you’re VERY LIKELY going to turn away from IE a few times before you really commit. This is expected. It happens.

Intuitive eating is basically the road to total freedom from dieting, right? We want to get there so bad, but it’s hard. Really hard. Well, here’s an incredible quote to show that it’s not SUPPOSED TO BE easy. And if it’s hard for you, then GOOD. That means you’re committed, and you’re moving forward, and you’re still on the path. We need to allow not being perfect to be OK, and even the BEST way to get there.

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

– Nelson Mandela
Wow. Isn’t that good? So, can we all give ourselves some GRACE this morning? And know, that if we haven’t “gotten it” yet, that this is normal. Freedom, and getting to our desires takes time. If it’s hard, you’re on the road there, and that’s where you should be. Find gratitude here. Thank yourself for doing it.

And hey, side notes coming up as I’m writing… now that I’m thinking about it… If you want to enjoy the ride to freedom a little bit more, instead of just WAITING to get there to feel happy (not the right way to do things – again, as I say, if you’re going to do it, you may as well find a way to enjoy it) you might consider diving into some Desire Mapping. That’s really what this book is all about. Doing things based on how you want to FEEL, and feeling that NOW.

I’m going to blog about this, feeling good NOW, next week too. Just decided. Okay, now EATS 🙂

THURSDAY

over medium eggs and toast

To start the day off, I sipped water & coffee, blogged, and had two over-medium eggs (all chopped up) with sourdough toast for breakfast with Marco. (It kind of looks like he’s flippin’ off the camera, and I can assure you, he is not… Haha… That’s pretty funny).

fruit and yogurt bowl

I worked through the morning from my laptop out on our little patio. Around noon I got hungry for lunch, and again (like I said yesterday), had to get creative. We’re pretty much out of groceries for the week. At least the main ones… I’ll be headed to the store today after work for more yummies.

I looked around, saw some kiwis that need using, had a little container of plain greek yogurt I hadn’t opened yet, and had about half a container of blueberries left. Perfect idea: fruit & yogurt salad (yes, it’s diff. than yogurt with fruit. I’ll show ya!).

yogurt and fruit bowl

This is even more yogurt than I normally use… But here’s how it goes… You cut up your favorite fruit (I did organic kiwi and blueberries), just like you normally would for fruit salad. You throw that fruit into a mixing bowl, add a spoonful or two of plain greek yogurt. You then add some sweetener, like honey or agave (I used a touch of honey). Additions: ground flaxseed meal, almond butter, and granola.

Stir it all up, and voila! You’ve got a sweet and creamy fruit salad. I had put the whole thing in a bowl to enjoy (first picture) and only ate about half, if that. This was super filling.

avocado toast

Around 2:30, I took a break from work to move my body. I needed to stand up, walk around, and get some fresh air. So I did that, and before starting work again I made a slice of avocado toast for a snack.

Yum. Love! One slice of toast, a drizzle of olive oil, half an avocado, sea-salt, pepper, and red chili pepper flakes. So good!

chipotle bowl at home

I ended work around 5:15, and felt tired. So, I took a break and plopped myself down in bed for a while. I grabbed my Desire Map after just laying down for a bit, and did some reading. This book is good, ladies. I’m really enjoying it.

Once I was hungry for dinner, I got up and again, looked to see what we had and what sounded good. I decided on making my own meatless Chipotle style bowl again (had done it earlier in the week with chicken) since we were out of chicken, but still had pinto beans. It was so yummy!

Inside: hot rice and pinto beans with melted mozzarella on top with guac (just made it with avo, sea-salt, lime, and cilantro), sour cream, pico de gallo, and salsa verde on top. Very, very good. I think I’ll have more for lunch today, and then head to the store to stock up on groceries :).

a little bit of ice cream for dessert

I took another little break after dinner to just lay down, and after about 30 minutes, decided I wanted something sweet. So, I had a scoop of my raspberry talent gelato. And then went back to reading again… Lot’s of reading and resting in my night last night :). That’s what happens when you get the house to yourself? Maybe?

I got up and went to the gym around 8:00, which I’d been looking forward to all day. Partly for the workout because I knew it would feel good, but mostly, just for that great zoned-out feeling I get while I’m on the elliptical with loud(ish) fun music playing in my ears… I love that feeling… It’s a little bit of euphoria, mixed with chills, mixed with a smile. I can’t describe it… I always feel really great about 9 minutes into my cardio… Anyone else?

After the gym I came home, showered, and rested some more until my Husb. got home from work and then I was so overdue for bed time. Sleeeeep :).

So, ladies, next week I’ve got some fun posts coming to you to address several topics that you’re going to love if you struggle with ANY of the following: stomach bloating, listening to the signals your body is sending, binge eating, negative self talk (or just feeling upset with yourself), and/or feeling burnt out, exhausted, or just plain un-motivated.

Meet me here, will ya?

 

Love, Paige
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