How Do I Eat Freely?

Today we’re going to talk about a topic I’ve never covered in almost 10 years of blogging: ALIMENTATION!

If I’ve NEVER broached this topic in 10 years of blogging, it’s because I felt too MARGINALE about it. And then I came across Elyane’s YouTube channel during confinement. Elyane is the only French woman certified in intuitive food!!!

It deciphers trends around diet, diets, and dickens more generally with gentleness and benevolence. I highly recommend his videos to learn more about intuitive power. Because thanks to her, I had a revelation (maybe I’m not so weird?) and a little relief (yesss I’m not the only one thinking/eating like that!).

Be careful, when I talk about “How I eat” here, it is my ALIMENTATION. I am hyper in tune with the way I eat and listen to my body, I do not seek in any way approval from anyone let alone give you any advice! I only share my experience because maybe you too are an intuitive eater without knowing it or that this philosophy may suit you 🙂

I am deeply convinced that I am today’s eater thanks to the education I had. As a child I was taught to accept her body, her differences, to eat everything, not to force herself, to have fun, to appreciate the benefits of sport, and above all to listen to her hunger and her body. For example, I never had the idea of dieting and I never chose a sport to change my physical appearance. I have never had a problem accepting my weight although I have had variations since adulthood between 48kg and 55kg pout 1m54.

So to answer briefly the question How I eat, I will say in one word: freely. I am greedy, I rarely finish a day without my square of chocolate or without a good dessert, I have a sweet tooth, I like pastries and fruit.

But I like all types of foods: vegetables, starches, legumes, grain products, dairy products, meat, fish… I don’t deprive myself of anything but I only eat when I’m hungry and what I need. I don’t enjoy eating something when I’m not hungry. I don’t like the feeling of being bloated or overeating so I listen!

Moreover, as my working days are very variable, I adapt enormously between the days at the office and those on the go, always listening and respecting my hunger.

Things you can do to have a more healthy lifestyle:

Have a more varied and balanced diet

Indeed, the time when we ate a food because it was rich in an X nutrient is over. There is no such thing as a miracle food. It is recommended to have a varied diet in order to ensure an adequate intake of all macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). So you can eat a little bit of everything but in moderate amounts by making sure to eat a variety of healthy foods and limit salty, sweet and fatty foods. This reduces the risk of disease.

Listen to your hunger and satiety signals

This is an approach also known as intuitive feeding. He is advocated to listen to his hunger and satiety signals in order to properly regulate his food intake. A nutrition doctor I really like conveys this message.  She has established 10 principles that make it possible to have a better relationship with food. So, in my opinion, the intuitive feeding approach is to be tried in 2017, because, let’s face it, there is nothing flatter than following a strict diet.

Buy local food

This growing trend can also be known as “locavorism”. In short, it is a matter of feeding on foods that are produced locally. People adopt this lifestyle because it reduces the impact of their diet on the environment. Food does not travel a great distance (less than 160 km) between the producer and the consumer. Locavorism can also be adopted to promote the local economy.

Buy foods that look distorted

In the past, distributors were afraid not to sell fruit and vegetables that looked irregular. In order to counter food waste, deformed-looking fruits and vegetables will increasingly be purchased by consumers. In short, these are also very interesting economically speaking, because they are often sold cheaper.

Have more vegetable protein on our plate

In recent years, we have seen a decrease in meat consumption, whether for economic reasons or for health reasons. Many turn to poultry, fish and vegetable protein sources such as legumes and tofu. In 2016, it was the year of the legumes! This has allowed many of us to learn how to discover and prepare them. Also, more and more people are turning to vegetarianism and flexitarianism (a diet that aims to reduce meat consumption), so it is more common to find vegetable protein on our plate!