I am almost finished up with the book Intuitive Eating and this might be my all time favorite book I've ever read.
The tips and advice I learned from this book are something I will take with me for the rest of my life. I feel like every person should read this book, and in my opinion, should even be assigned in high school where most eating disorders start.Related links:
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There are countless things I learned from this book that has made me become so much more positive when it comes to eating healthy and working out.
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First off, I realized I wasn't truly working out for the benefits of it.
For awhile I was working out to simply “burn calories” and lose weight. This is NOT the way to look at exercise, and you know why? Looking at it in this mindset will not keep you excited to continue. You will want to give up after not seeing results and it won't be a satisfying experience.
Instead, look at exercise as being fun and giving you energy throughout the day.
While you are exercising, you should be happy and excited while doing it. You should enjoy it even when it can be painful. Try your best not to look at exercise as being a chore, but simply a reward for your body for helping you keep going at life. Your body allows you to do so many things, so you should thank it by giving it loving exercise and great treatment.
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Trust me, if you look at exercise in this mindset rather than the mindset of “burning calories and losing weight” then you will enjoy exercise much more. If you don't like running or weightlifting, try different exercises or even physical activities like kickboxing, rock climbing and more.
View nutrition and food in a healthy way.
The second and if not more important thing I learned from this book was to view nutrition and food in a healthy way. I learned how messed up my eating patterns were. This book is all about being intuitive with your body and mind, and eating when you are hungry. This book doesn't tell you that you can't eat that doughnut or piece of candy. It tells you that you can, and it gives you permission.
Give yourself permission and let yourself know you can eat these foods, because once you restrict yourself…it goes downhill from there. If you are forcing yourself to eat fish and spinach for dinner when you much rather have that bowl of pasta, you are only hurting yourself.
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In the end, you will still want that bowl of pasta and you might even just eat it after your fish and spinach meal. By giving yourself permission to eat what you want, you are not restricting yourself which leads to many positive benefits. The more a person restricts themselves from a certain food, the more inclined they are to eat it and actually binge eat as well. Now I'm not saying eat all junk food all the time, but to simply develop a positive outlook and mindset on eating.
Have you ever read the book Intuitive Eating?
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