What the heck does intuitive eating mean, anyway? In a modern-day world of fad diet madness, it’s incredibly to wade through the mess of slenderizing claims and oftentimes we find ourselves asking, “What should I eat?” What I suggest is a journey, back to what nature intended…intuitive eating.
It reminds me of a tale I once heard when I was younger. It’s about two men, one was Caucasian and the other Native American, and they were walking along when The Native American man asked his companion, “Are you hungry?” The Caucasian man looked at his watch before answering,“Eh, it’s about lunch time, yeah.” The Native American man gave his friend a quizzical look and shook his head. “Only you white men tell by the time on a clock whether you’re hungry or not.”
This story has always stuck with me. Granted, in a world of work and hustle bustle schedules, it’s often not convenient to skip your lunch break because you’re “just not hungry yet” because the vast majority of us don’t have the luxury of defining our own schedules. I get that, and I’m not telling you to go hungry. I’m simply making an effort myself to ask the question before eating, “Am I really hungry right now? Or am I just eating because it’s ‘dinner time’ according to the clock?” It’s kind of an archaically simple concept for many of us these days, to eat only when we are hungry. But how do we manage to live that way in a world of über-convenience, and for those fortunate enough, over-abundance?
My suggestions for us are as follows: