You may have heard of "intuitive eating," the approach to a healthy diet that does not require dieting.
Intuitive eating promotes healthy food handling instead of dietetic recipes. You eat when your body tells you that you are hungry, and you stop eating when your body tells you that you are full. No food is taboo. No food is "great". Your meals should nourish you in the truest sense of the word.
This change of perspective relieves the guilt and shame that most diets fuel and creates a beneficial, long-term approach to healthy eating.
"With a variety of dietary rules, dietary rules and dietary guidelines, we learn to educate ourselves through our own internal cues," says Heather Caplan, RD, presenter of the RD Real Talk podcast. "Part of the intuitive eating is re-learning how to check in again. We return to our own intuition and listen to the signs of our body in terms of hunger, satisfaction and abundance.
If all this sounds too simple, that's because intuitive eating is like this: an opportunity to solve all the problems of crash dieting set aside and return to a more basic way of life.
As with intuitive eating, intuitive drinking requires you to inquire before and while drinking.
These three key questions can be helpful.
Why am I? Do you want a drink?
This is about being aware of yourself, says Caplan.
"It's time to check with emo Do you drink something to numb or distract from emotions? Or do you drink something because you like to do it? Does drinking this drink feel a healthy choice for you ?
This last part is highlighted as Caplan also encourages you to look at your drinking habits in general context of your personal and family past.
"I tell my clients that the word healthy is subjective. Do you have a family history of alcoholism? Or a history of alcohol excesses? Then maybe your definition of 'healthy' is different from someone else's. "
Imagine two scenarios.
In the first case you were just emptied (sorry, man) call a few friends, invite them to split a bottle with something, and you drown in your worries like every cliché in the western world.
In the second one, you invited some friends to cook. You relax on your back deck. A buddy offers you a beer. You feel good in life, so you choose one.
What does it feel healthy for you?
Do I like to drink?
In intuitive eating, "satisfaction" differs from "abundance".
"Satisfaction" means to be satisfied with a food choice you have made, while "abundance" is the feeling of eating enough. "When you are satisfied, feel a sense of fullness, and when you are full, you may not always be satisfied."
The same applies to alcohol.
"Maybe you like a higher-calorie high-calorie drink, but you choose something else because you feel guilty about drinking that other drink. In this way, you can drink five drinks of something you do not like. You are not satisfied, "says Caplan.
If you love a particularly strong double IPA, you may be happier if you have a bottle than if you are wiping a six-calorie low-calorie beer.
You should not just ask yourself what reasons are there for your decision A drink, but your decision to choose the drink you are about to drink.
Is your attitude to alcohol generally healthy?
When Dry-Uary revolves and the "sober curiosity" movement grows It's also important to ask yourself why you feel like you want to cut corners from the start.
"Restrictions often lead to harassment," says Caplan. If you want to attend a week, a month, or a half a year without alcohol, it is important to plan what happens at the end of the specified time period. Otherwise, you run the risk of falling back into unhealthy drinking.
This brings another important point.
If you feel you have a bigger problem than just "cutting short," or you've been trying to cut back and returning to destructive drinking over and over again, it may be time to seek professional help on resources how to consider the SAMHSA hotline.