#9. Eat intuitively
The traditional view of weight loss usually involves a feeling of restriction. Diets and diet culture tell you that in order to lose weight you need to completely avoid certain foods or eat only at certain times. Even the idea of a “Cheat day” implies that what you’re doing is wrong. This way of viewing the food you eat is full of guilt and stress. Nothing can grow in an environment of stress and guilt. The same goes for weight loss. Stress hormones impede weight loss and it’s important to be as relaxed as possible. In order to do this you need to develop an appreciation for the food you eat and you need to embrace the connection between food and your body. Food is fuel. Without food your body cannot run properly and it begins to shut down. Start to appreciate every bite you take. Pay attention to the texture of your food, the taste and how your body feels after eating. Follow your body’s cues and eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. The only food you should avoid is the one that causes your body to feel slow, sluggish or possibly even pain when you’re done eating. Your body knows what it needs and it has ways of letting you know which foods to steer clear of if you pay attention to the signs.