If I could give you one piece of advice that would improve your health and help mend your relationship with food, it would be this: learn to trust your body.
If you’re here reading this, you’re likely among the millions of people looking for an expert to tell them how to get healthy. It’s easy to understand why. You’ve tried to make changes in the past, but you’re still not sure where you want to be. You figure this is either because you don’t know enough, don’t have the time or maybe you’re just tired of failing. Whatever it may be, you’re starting to think that you need extra help, and you’re right – but it might not be the kind of help you think it is.
When I first started out as a health coach, I was, what you might call, your stereotypical expert. I shared all of my knowledge about health and nutrition with my clients. I used motivational tactics. I was helping people. It was clear a certain amount of extra knowledge and support was useful to my clients, but as time wore on, I realized that I was never solving the fundamental issue most of my clients were struggling with: lack of self-trust.
It was around this time that I shifted towards an “intuitive eating,” approach to coaching. A lot of these teachings come from a body of thought called Health at Every Size (HAES) approach to wellness, which centers around mindful eating and tapping into your body’s inner wisdom about what, when, and how to eat. It also emphasizes cultivating joy, mindfulness, and body love into your life. This I realized – was a recipe for success.
A fear that comes up often when I begin to work with people using this approach is a fear that following your intuition will lead you to eat unhealthy food all the time. The fear is real, however, there are some tried and true methods for getting back in touch with you inner wisdom that will allow you to feel and understand cravings vs. what your body truly needs, as very separate. It’s just a matter of sorting out all of the interference and distractions, and relearning how to listen to your body. A qualified coach can help you get there.
I encourage you to practice mindfulness and being present in your body. Learn to trust your hunger and fullness. Trust your cravings. Trust the sensation of true satisfaction. Trust your body to tell you what, when, and how to eat. Engage in ways of moving your body that make you feel good.
Body trust is the path to freedom.
About the Author: Daxle is a holistic health coach, nutritionist, and certified intuitive eating counselor located in Oakland, CA, USA. (San Francisco Bay Area). Through certification, but more importantly, her own personal journey, she knows what it really takes to become an intuitive eater, a joyful mover, and a body lover. She is committed to helping her clients learn how to listen to their body’s cues of hunger, fullness, and satisfaction in order to nourish themselves in the best possible way.