Hi hi hello! Natalie here to share with you what I’ve been eating since I started my journey to true intuitive eating. The past couple months have been a huge learning curve for me (and bear with me because I’m definitely still learning!) as I learn to get comfortable with eating all foods and detaching my identity from the way I eat. Be sure to check out Alexis’ recent post, New Me Versus Old Me in addition to the Must Reads on this topic.
Changing my mindset has allowed me to tune into what my body is truly asking for, which actually tends to be a lot of vegetables, grains, protein and regular desserts. Of course at the beginning the allure of foods like chocolate, chips and ice cream was really strong and I wanted all the cookies all the time, but as I continued I realized that I didn’t even like these foods as much as I thought I did! I finally realized that I have the ability to really listen to my body and give it what it wants.
Once I hit that breakthrough, I was able to be around foods I was previously afraid of and feel more calm and in control than any diet ever made me feel. I could sit around a massive plate of nachos with my family and only eat three because I didn’t actually love them and I wanted to save room for something that would be more satisfying. Back in the day, if I ate even one nacho I would have felt like a failure for ruining my “perfect” diet and sabotaged myself by eating all the nachos. Removing the black and white mentality means that I can now make better food choices without having to use any willpower at all. I can’t even tell you how amazing it is to be able to eat a bowl of raw veggies for a snack or have 2 cookies and not feel any sense of pride or guilt with either choice. Hello food freedom!
Broccoli cheddar soup and coconut bacon avocado toast from Alchemy. Considering moving in so lunch can be this good every day.
Salmon salad and pizza from Harvest! My friend got hush puppies as an appetizer and I about fell out of my chair when I tasted the honey butter they came with.
A classic case of good food, bad lighting. Some friends and I went to Northstar for a birthday dinner and I deviated from my usual salad to get the chicken chili and seasonal salad. We ended the night with the most insane salted chocolate chip cookie!
My sister is a life saver and stashed a bunch of snacks in her bag to keep up occupied when our flight got delayed. I’m not usually a big fan of ranch but these chickpeas were delish!
Alexis gave me these quinoa puffs that actually taste like the cheese puffs I used to eat by the handful as a kid. Who else remembers the giant tub of bright orange goodness? I split the bag with my friend while we talked about life instead of doing our homework. Totally worth it.
When I was walking across campus I ran into a table of free Cheryl’s cookies. Old Natalie would have walked right past it but turning down things I actually want is a thing of the past!
- Hot chocolate with all the marshmallows
- Paleo cookies
- Ice cream
- Avocado toast
- Cake and ice cream eaten out of the container during girls night
- Raw veggies
- Healthier peanut butter blossoms
Some of these foods have more nutrients than others, but all of them have benefits. Learning how to incorporate every food into my daily life has actually allowed me to eat healthier and feel more free around food. So here’s to a month of enjoying all the Christmas cookies and wine while remembering to take care of ourselves and eat our veggies too!