What is it?
First of all it is a BOOK that was written by nutritionists. And it teaches this magical little concept… where the body knows exactly what it wants to eat. And the idea for us, is to redevelop that skill to tap into what the body wants to eat.
Tapping in will allow us to eat exactly what will nourish us in that exact moment. Our minds can’t always know the nutrients and macronutrients our body needs. Luckily, our bodies do. And they are right here… to tell us. If we listen. How lovely.
So how do we listen?
The thing is…. its not concrete. Its a feeling thing. It is not A Science as much as it is An Art. And closer to a spiritual practice than a math skill.
The surest way to eat the right thing, is to Trust What You Desire.
Seriously. It is this simple. What do you want to eat?
If you have been denying yourself for a long time, you will maybe desire higher calorie, and previously forbidden foods first for a while. But if you allow them, and trust yourself, those cravings will continue to morph, as what you need morphs and changes.
If you are stumped– Get Quiet and Ask- If you know you are hungry but are unsure of what to eat, ask, “What do I want to eat?”. It works. Ask what will nourish you and satisfy you.
The answer might pop into your head, or become a general craving, or the food might appear right in front of you in thin air as if by magic. The third one has never happened to me, but one can wish.
What If You Don’t Trust Your Cravings Yet?
Do This Exercise:
Make 3 columns
- In the first write a list of all the Foods from the past and present you have felt are “Bad”* or “fattening” or “unhealthy” that you stay away from. And circle all the foods that you would eat right now if there were no “consequences”
- In the 2nd column, write a list of all the food from the past and present that are decadent but “acceptable” and that you enjoy eating. Circle the ones that you wish you could eat more of without “consequences”.
- Write a list of all the Foods from the past and present that are “virtuous” and “healthy”. And cross the ones out that you hate eating
Look at your lists and read them over. Pay special attention to the circled items. It may just be the denial talking, and maybe when you start to eat them more they will lose their pull over you, but your body craves what it needs. Sometimes what it needs is salt, sometimes what it needs is dense calories (if it feels it is starving and wants nourishment), and sometimes what it needs is ______ and _______ that is found in the perfect combination in the food you are craving.
Look at all the foods in your “bad” column. Find one separate reason that each of the foods you are afraid of might have a beneficial side. On my list I have bagels and cake circled in the “bad” column. So the benefits of cake might be: Concentrated carbs for metabolism, or butter- a healthy saturated fat. Or for bagels: concentrated carbs. No food is “worthless”. I would only argue that the fakest of the fake ingredients are bad, and even then I am sure you could come up with a reason it is ok. And, though I tend to avoid fake foods. Never fear them. The body can handle anything.
Use these foods as a good place to start. Allow yourself these foods. But what the hell do I know.
Also, look at your “virtuous” column. And stop stocking the foods you crossed out. If you ever want, need or crave them in the future, you will find a way to eat them. If they don’t taste good to you, you don’t need them now.
(*I don’t believe any food is bad, but this exercise was for the purpose of finding the food you subconsciously feel is bad. After years of hearing guru’s dogmatic fear-mongering, I am sure there are some food phobias that need to be BUSTED!)