As a continuation from this week’s theme of compulsive behavior and emotional eating, I have adapted Geneen Roth’s eating guidelines. Geneen Roth is a pioneer in the field of emotional eating and compulsive behavior and a lecturer at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I am training to be a health coach.
1. Eat when you’re hungry- This begins your journey into Intuitive Eating. I recommend the book by the same name by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.
2. Eat Sitting Down in a calm, common environment. This doesn’t include the car, subway or bus. I know this can be really difficult. But try for one meal a day where you just sit at a table with no distractions and experience your food.
3. Eat without distractions. Put your phone across the room or on silent, step away from the computer, don’t read and so on. Just you and the food.
4. Eat only what your body wants– not what your mind wants. What your body wants may be very different than what your mind wants if you’re currently stuck in the place of eating processed and refined foods. Once you tap into what your body actually wants, you will start to crave things that are actually healthy for you. Wanting crappy food all the time is just the sign of a psychological and physiological addiction- as in your taste buds will crave whatever they’re used to eating.
5. Eat until you’re satisfied
6. Eat with the intention of being in full view of others – this may stop you from bingeing.
7. Eat with enjoyment, gusto, and pleasure. In the Buddhist tradition, they say that every earthly experience is a doorway to the Divine or pure nature of mind. Use eating as one of those doorways and it will become a spiritual experience for you.
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kingJenna Pacelli is a Holistic Health Coach and yoga teacher at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She coaches yoga practitioners and busy professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and all over the world have more energy, curb cravings naturally, lose weight and keep it off without dieting, reduce stress levels, and live from a place of joy and authenticity. Her clients create lasting change and fully embodied health and wellbeing.
Jenna believes that by creating health and wellness at the physical, emotional and mental levels, it is inevitable that joy and a deep understanding of one’s purpose follow.