Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I have been learning about intuitive eating and becoming more aware of my eating habits and preferences. I am still in the experimental stage and experiencing new foods.
I am trying some different ones in light of the fact that I am experiencing quite a bit of bloating, gas, tummy aches and constipation. I also have GERD and take medication for that.
I have had this issue throughout my life and am not quite sure what is precipitating it right now, but I am working through it. I do not think it has anything to do with the process of Intuitive Eating, but rather think that IE will be a tool and help me work through it.
The new foods that I am purposefully trying are known to be more gut friendly and enhancing. Plus, there are some foods that I have and will observe that are triggers or seem harder to digest, but are very fine foods otherwise for other people. IE has helped me discern which foods seem to be trouble for me....spicy foods, nuts, soda, alcohol.
Cold foods also seem to cause a problem. Right now raw vegetables seem to be a problem.
I will be observing my reactions to other foods in light of this physical problem.
I am also noticing some poor eating habits that I apparently developed at some point in my life. First is the concept that it is a waste of time to sit and eat a meal except for suppertime.
For breakfast and lunch, I would typically grab something out of the fridge that did not require prepapration and required little chewing. I would throw it down quickly. Breakfast was eaten in the car on the way to work and lunch was eaten in the car while doing errands or at my desk while working through lunch. Second was the concept that beverages can fill your tummy while you are doing something else. My beverage of choice was diet soda or coffee, since they had no calories (but did have volume and caffeine). It also seems to me that I used tension as a motivator. I have observed a sense of tension in my gut, sort of a clenching feeling that I can voluntarily relax. As I get older, I find that it is harder to handle stressful situations. Or, maybe I should say, more things seem stressful to me now.
Even though IE says we need to eat slowly and mindfully, savoring the delicious food that we have chosen for ourselves, I continued with some of these poor habits. I realized that I had been throwing down a fairly large volume of hard to digest food, and not doing a very good job of chewing!