Today I want to talk about how the extreme hunger is intuitive eating. Because people who are in recovery often ask me “I hate this extreme hunger, I just want to eat normally! WHEN can I start practicing intuitive eating?”
And my answer is – you can start practicing it RIGHT NOW. Just respond to your extreme hunger and you ARE actually eating intuitively!
They might have a wrong idea that intuitive eating is only “eating your little perfect portions of food in perfect combinations, in perfect times”. But intuitive eating is more about getting in tune with your body and learning to respond to your body’s needs.
Too many times we overcomplicate such a natural process that is eating. We carefully analyze, apply rules, we are often stopped by fear, we associate eating with calories, weight, “good/bad”…but all this is doing is leading us further and further from trusting our body and its signals. I make it super simple for you – whenever you feel physical hunger, emotional hunger, mental hunger, crave something, have food thoughts, no matter if you just ate, if you have gained weight, if you feel guilty, if you have fear…none of those things matter because the basic instinct for you was to EAT, right? So JUST EAT!
Stop overcomplicating and analyzing, and judging your own eating. You don’t need a reason or an excuse to eat, you can just eat! I followed that principle in my recovery and now I’m fully recovered! My eating is also very normal, my hunger cues are normal. Nothing bad happened – just eat!
So in recovery, even the extreme hunger actually IS your body’s INTUITIVE and natural signal to ask for food because it simply needs it, extreme hunger IS intuitive eating! And if you really want to start practicing intuitive eating then practice firstly responding to your hunger no matter what, also the extreme hunger.
What is extreme hunger? “Extreme Hunger and Bingeing In Recovery”