Many of you shared eating challenges that indicate you’ve forgotten how to listen to and trust your body wisdom. What is body wisdom—and why is it so important to interpret and trust what it tells you if you are going to resolve your most difficult eating challenges?
In this video, I’ll answer those questions and share a simple tool, the Hunger and Fullness Scale, to help you begin the process of relearning to trust your body wisdom.
Trust Your Body Wisdom
Can you trust your body wisdom?
You were born with the instinctive ability to know when you need fuel, to recognize when you’ve eaten enough, to eat what you love without being afraid of losing control, to enjoy eating enough to stay tuned in to the experience, and to stop when eating doesn’t hold your attention anymore.
But if you are like many people who struggle with food, you don’t trust yourself anymore.
How do we unlearn such a basic and essential skill?
- Parental messages, like “Clean your plate”
- Societal messages, like eating certain meals at certain times
- Restriction and deprivation
What happens when you’ve lost that essential skill?
When you don’t know how to interpret what your body is telling you, you’ll have trouble using your instinctive hunger and satisfaction signals to guide you to eat when you need fuel, recognize when you have other reasons for wanting to eat, be able to feed yourself in an enjoyable way that doesn’t leave you feeling regretful.
The Hunger and Fullness Scale
As I demonstrated in the video, the Hunger and Fullness Scale is a simple tool for helping you visualize how empty or full your stomach is.
Of course, there is a lot more to teach you about using the Hunger and Fullness Scale for relearning to trust your body wisdom! But for now, just check in before, during, and after eating to see if you can identify where you are.
What questions do you have about your body wisdom?
What are your questions, concerns, and challenges about using the Hunger and Fullness Scale to relearn to trust your body wisdom? Please post them below so I can address them in future posts or videos!
In my next video, I will address “fearless eating.”