Are you a relaxed eater, or do you second guess your choices and feelings around food?
What is Relaxed Eating?
Relaxed eating (Or being nutritionally kind) is the ability to be at ease with the social, emotional and physical components of food and eating. When you are aware of your body’s hungers and intuitively provide for its needs – that’s relaxed eating. Every food group serves a purpose. It’s also having the ability to listen and satisfy your hunger without remorse.
Relaxed eating allows you to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied; eat differently than you normally do without judgment or the need to compensate later.
Being Nutritionally Kind...
Being nutritionally kind also allows you to incorporate choice and beliefs about food with self-love and body-wellness. Most important is your understanding of why self-care and body acceptance is so important.
Instead, eating should be a balanced activity that is neither the best nor the worst part of any day. Enjoying your food with flexibility and willingness to allow change is a very essential part of becoming nutritionally kind to yourself.
Understanding Nutritionally Balanced...
It’s very important to understand the phrase nutritionally balanced as well.
For one, it means eating a wide variety of foods, in all food groups. In order to fill your bodies nutritional requirements you need to consume adequate portions of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Some or all of these are available in every food group, so there’s really no biological or chemical need to cut any out – unless instructed by a doctor.
Everything in moderation is really the thing to do.
Eating for Pleasure and Hunger
We should eat for both pleasure and hunger. Both are extremely important to our physical and mental well being.
Eating for hunger should always be recognized as this nourishes your body and keeps it running. Ignoring this could lead to disordered eating patterns.
Eating for pleasure is just as important. Some foods simply taste good to us, some actually make us happy because of the memories we associate with it. Pleasure eating allows us to associate positive feeling and experiences with food. This is so important, again, as long as everything is done in moderation.
Being nutritionally kind to yourself also means having balance. Balance means avoiding diets. The fact that there are thousands of diets with different tips and tricks should indicate that there doesn’t seem to be one that actually works. Most become too restrictive and hard to manage. This allows the diet industry to profit from our insecurities and society’s expectations.
It is neither logical nor healthy to deny yourself food groups. Every food group serves a purpose. Once again, everything in moderation.
Introducing Sarah Filipowitz of Nutritionally Kind
This article has been brought to you by Sarah Filipowitz of Nutritionally Kind here in Barrie. Sarah is a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. As a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and Health Coach, it is Sarah’s mission to help people find their most authentic path to health, let go of shame and learn to follow through with their health goals. Check out Sarah’s Protein Muffin Recipe to help start your day.
Protein Muffin Recipe
½ cup mashed banana
½ cup applesauce
½ cup maple syrup
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup oat milk
1 cup whole wheat flour ¾ cup vanilla protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips
Mix wet and dry ingredients separately and then combine. Pour into greased or lined baking tins and bake 22 minutes at 350. Enjoy!
Sarah tells us that she totally understands the cycle of:
Set the Goal – Fall off the Wagon – Beat Self Up – Give Up
She lived the cycle for years before she realized what was holding her back from following through with her health goals….(and it wasn’t her lack of willpower!)
With Sarah’s help – there is a solution!
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses