I grew up thinking I was fat and I started dieting at a very early age, and I mean early – I knew about calories and food restrictions probably before I could really read and I was on my first diet pill when I was about 11.
Because food was restricted I developed a habit of eating when it was available, because I never knew if I get any when I am hungry. I completely lost the natural relationship with my appetite.
For the longest time I wasn’t able to tell if I was hungry or I was just eating because food was there. Finding my natural appetite has not been an easy journey, nor is it finished yet. I am still nurturing this relationship but I am getting better, we are getting on better, and I have a feeling we will actually make it work.
Appetite is natural, instinctive, you can’t control it, same as you can’t control your breathing.
It becomes deregulated by quality and quantity of food, eating too fast, and not being present. If you think you’re eating too much it is not a willpower problem, it simply means you lost your natural appetite. The good news is that you can find your natural appetite again.
Simple strategies to find your natural appetite:
- Choose good quality, unprocessed foods as much as possible
- Eat slowly and without distractions
- Pay attention to the food you are eating, enjoy it
- Relax during your meal (don’t forget to breathe!)
- Eat when you are hungry
I would love to know what your story with the appetite is.
If this has been a struggle for you I would love to support you in finding ways to bring back your natural appetite. I have a few complimentary strategy sessions available this week (before I go away to Edinburgh) – grab one here and let’s dive deeper.
Lots of love