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Intuitive Eating & Rid of Binge Eating! 🙏

Intuitive eating is not just for those recovering from a restrictive eating disorder or disordered eating. Intuitive eating is also very much the way to freedom from binge eating disorder (or any degree of binge eating) and establishing peace with food and your body.

So, as you’re here, I am guessing you are a sufferer of a binge eating disorder, know of someone who is, or simply wants a better relationship with food, and requires help? — I gotcha —

I have suffered with binge eating since I was a little girl & I am still on the mend to battle it, however it’s nowhere near as much as it used to be & all thanks to intuitive eating! — I will discuss binge eating in further detail on another post. 

The journey towards becoming an Intuitive Eater is not necessarily easy. I’m not going to tell you it’s super easy, and in no time you’ll lose weight and end up the happiest and healthiest you’ve ever been in your entire life. I wish we were all superheros, and everything was so simple, easy to accomplish and done in seconds, but I am afraid we’re not superheroes, and nothing worth having comes easy, got it?! 

That’s just like the empty promises diets tell you, right?! — However it is totally possible to achieve a sense of freedom from food, regain positive energy from it all, and achieve your desired results without so much stress and guilt. 

Intuitive eating is all about getting back to your roots and learning to trust your body again — I shall be touching on a few principles on that matter below.

1. Reject the Diet Mentality – Throw out those diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently — it’s all a load of nonsense! Been there & worn the t-shirt about ten times! This includes those calorie counting apps, that you then obsess about eating under 1200 calories per day, and hey what do you know, 2 weeks later your stuffing your face with chocolate cake! Yes I am talking about myself. 

Just checking – I am not telling you to never use a healthy cook book when you fancy trying out a recipe that could be an alternative to the meal you have in mind, in fact I encourage this. I am also not telling you to never use the calorie counting app, just simply be careful how you use it.

2. Exercise – Feel the Difference – Forget exercising to simply punish yourself. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise – Working in the fitness industry I see & hear far too many people focusing on the calorie count, and the time spent on the treadmill. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for your favourite home workout programme, or hitting the snooze button on your alarm, and turning over back to sleep with those expert excuses you have made up over and over again in your mind for the past god knows how many years!

3. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food – Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, depression, boredom, anger, irritation are emotions we all experience throughout life & we have to learn to deal with them in a healthy way. Food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food coma, but food won’t solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating. All this becomes a vicious cycle, and I had been in this rut far too many times for my liking, can you agree? 

Note – Sounds far too simple to work, as in my mind everything has to be complicated, but even phoning a friend to distract myself works, or engaging in more conversation with my partner over a coffee helps – or lets go all out and watch Harry Potter, that always makes me feel better! It’s all about changing your train of thought, and eventually the feeling of having to use food for your feelings will fade away with time.

4. Honor Your Hunger – Hunger is a normal, biological process. Your body needs to know, and to trust, that it consistently will have access to food. If you try to override feelings of hunger and don’t eat enough calories and carbohydrates, your body reacts with cravings and binges. Are there times when you feel hunger, but didn’t eat? How come?

5. Respect Your Body –We’re so quick to judge ourselves and criticize our bodies. Learning to respect your body for how it is at this moment is an important tenant of Intuitive Eating. If you are too critical of your body and don’t accept yourself as you are, it’s hard to reject the diet mentality. 

Start practicing self love affirmations to yourself each & every single morning, when you find time to be alone. I used to do this a lot, and I still do from time to time. In fact I need to start doing it more often again, lets do it together! 

6. Balance. Balance. Balance – Being healthy doesn’t mean eating perfectly. Consider how certain foods make you feel, in addition to how tasty and satisfying they are to you. One meal, one snack or one day of not eating correctly will not cause you to gain weight or have a health problem. It’s the consistency of what you eat over time – it’s not all or nothing. Please come to terms with this, and realise everything is good in moderation. I’m a huge believer on this. 

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I hope this helps you understand a little more on intuitive eating, and how important it really is for our mind, body, & health. It really has helped me with my binge eating disorder, as I used to reach for the cupboards & fridge all day, every day! Hence why I got to the size I was. 

Feel free to ask me any questions & don’t forget to subscribe!

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Daniela ♡

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Train Your Mind in Being more Positive – 3 Quick Steps to get You there 💫

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I am always trying to see the positive in life, and be more positive as a person – but it is never by far easy! We’re only human, so we can’t be our best every single day, or can we?

I mean this girl has been through a lot, and I am still surprised of how well I am actually doing, and certain that I will continue in doing great! – If you want something as bad as you want to breath, you’ll soon achieve it! See that there? Positivity!

2018 hasn’t been the most tremendous of years with losing 4 loved ones in the space of four months, but I’ve been fighting that battle in my own way and gained more productivity in what I wish to do in life, and how I wish to be as a person. Still learning my way through here though yo!

More often than not, I find myself veering toward a positive attitude. (It’s something I never would have done years ago!) I firmly believe that this is because I’ve trained myself to be positive!

It doesn’t always come naturally for me, sometimes it’s a lot of work, but I’ve taken three steps that make it so much easier for me to see the good in life.

1 – Gratitude

One of the quickest ways to shift your focus away from negativity, judgment, and disappointment is to list the things in your life for which you are grateful. I know you’re probably thinking well durh?! – But actually this has really helped me. 

You could simply take more walks, appreciate that beautiful flower you see along the way and be thankful you can have this opportunity. You could even start journaling and write 3 things that you are grateful for every single day, it could be as simple as having that damn good coffee in the morning! Or even give meditation ago! It works wonders – I’ve tried it!

2 – Believe a positive attitude is a choice

This step was hard to take at first. I thought that people were either positive or negative (and I was in the latter category). I used to blame my negativity on all kinds of outside forces like fate, parents, relationships, experiences — but never really stopped to think that I could actually choose to be positive!

Teaching myself that positivity is a choice has been one of the greatest things I’ve ever done for myself.

Now when I find myself in a bad situation, I know that it’s up to me to find the good, to be positive regardless of what’s happening around me. I no longer point fingers and place blame. I realize that everything happens how it happens, and it’s up to me to choose how I want to feel about it. I am in control of my attitude, and no one can take that away from me. That is a superpower my friend! 

3 – Out with the negativity and in with the positivity

If you want to live a positive, & content life you cannot be surrounded by negative people who don’t encourage your happiness – simple.

As a negative person, I attracted negative people. When I decided to make the change to live a more positive life, I had to rid my life of the most negative influences in it. No one is perfect, and perfection isn’t the goal when it comes to positivity, however there were people in my life who were consistently negative when there was no need, who constantly brought me down, and I had to stop spending so much time with them. 

This, as you can imagine, wasn’t easy. It can hurt to distance yourself from people, even when you know they aren’t good for you or your current lifestyle. Once you do make that move though, you realise how much better things can be.

In addition to removing negative influences from my life, I also had to get rid of some of my own negative behaviors, such as putting myself down all the time, never believing in myself, always being in the past, and alcohol abuse. I had to take a step back and examine which behaviors were good for me and which were not.

I learned to focus on the positive things I was doing, such as working on my blog and cultivating new, positive relationships, and let go of the negative ones. This process was not easy as I said and, to be honest, is still ongoing, but I know this: It’s hard to live a positive life when negative people and behaviors continually pull you down.

Quick Tip – I found it really helpful in reading self development books, and one of my favourites is ‘You are a Badass’  – You can find this on amazon. 

Daniela ♡

Summer Salads 💚🌱

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So the heatwave is hitting us again and we all crave something quick, easy to eat, & fresh right?! – If you don’t love salads then you will after trying this one!

I made this one yesterday & the household loved it !! ♡ 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

– 1/2 a bag of mixed leaf salad.

– 1 handful of cherry tomatoes.

– 30g of goats cheese.

– 40g of brown rice.

20g of Quinoa.

– A small helping of fresh parsley.

– 1 Slice of lemon.

Salt & Olive oil.

Method ↙️

Place the brown basmati rice into a saucepan & leave to boil for around 20 minutes, depending on which brand you use. 

– Place the Quinoa into a saucepan, pour boiling water around 2cm above the Quinoa itself & leave to soak for a couple of minutes. 

– Whilst waiting, prepare salad bowl by placing the mixed salad leafs into it. 

– Then slice the cherry tomatoes & goats cheese, and set aside.

– Once the rice is cooked & drained, pop this on top of the salad along with the Quinoa. 

– Now you’ll be ready to add the cherry tomatoes, goats cheese, parsley, and add a small pinch of salt, a drizzle of squirted fresh lemon, and olive oil.

Strawberry Delight Protein & Superfood Smoothie 🍓

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This smoothie is packed with goodness & brings you all the energy in the world ready to kick start your day strong & smash out your workouts! 

It’s filled with a special powder that contains your protein, superfoods, probiotics, antioxidants, daily vitamin requirement & much more!

I have this most days without a doubt! Now let’s get to the ingredients shall we! Below is where you’ll find them & how to make ⬇️

• Shakeology Protein powder (Strawberry flavour).

• 1 banana.

• 1 large strawberry.

• 300ml of coconut milk or unsweetened soya milk.

➡️  Blend until rich & creamy. 

Courgette Spaghetti & Spinach Bites 🌱

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Ingredients (serves 1-2)

• 1 pack of Courgette Spaghetti

• 1 small white or red onion

• 1 small clove of garlic

• Half an avocado

• 30g feta cheese

• Handful of cherry tomatoes

• Spinach bites (Strongroots)

• Olive oil

Preparation & Method

– Spinach bites – (Strongroots) can purchase them from Tesco & Waitrose.

– Place these underneath the oven on gas mark 6 for 20 minutes.

– Place a non stick pan onto the hob & spray lightly with oil.

– Finely slice the onion & garlic, place them in the pan, turn on the gas to a low-medium heat and let simmer for 3 minutes or until soft & translucent.

– Then add the pack of courgette spaghetti in the pan, & keep stirring
occasionally.

– Whilst that is simmering nicely, chop up the avocado & cherry tomatoes. – Once 10-12 minutes has passed add these into the pan & continue stirring
for a further 5 minutes.

– Dice up the feta cheese whilst waiting and set aside.

– To serve – place the courgette spaghetti in a bowl, and top with the spinach bites. Sprinkle over your feta cheese.

I hope you find this useful & thoroughly enjoy every bite! ♡

Feel free to comment on how you got on! & don’t forget to subscribe. 

Daniela ❤

Couscous & Asparagus Protein Bowl 🌱

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Ingredients (serving 1) ⬇️

75g Couscous

• 1 pack of asparagus

• 1 tin of tuna

• 1/4 of a red onion

• Handful of plumb tomatoes

• Olive oil

• Salt & pepper

 

Method ⬇️

Place the couscous into a heat proof bowl, and pour boiling water rising around 1 inch above the couscous – Leave to soak.

Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus by steaming them, which should take around 10 minutes or so. Once done, remove & chop them into smaller pieces & place to aside.

Dice up the the 1/4 red onion along with the plumb tomatoes.

Grab yourself your favourite bowl & place everything into one, topped with your tuna, a drizzle of olive oil, season with a pinch of salt & pepper! 

There you have it! Meal plan approved & delicious 😋

5 Top Tips For Holiday Eating.

You’ve been on your bikini diet and ­managed to shift a few pounds for your summer ­holidays? But all those days out, ­barbecues in the ­garden and trips abroad for your holiday are ­guaranteed to ­scupper any healthy eating habits you achieved.

I’ve got you! 

Here are 5 simple ways to make sure you don’t come back with excess baggage… 

1 – Get moving. 

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy balance with your body whilst on your holibobs, or to even still lose weight, is to move! If you’re on an all inclusive holiday, there may well be some aerobic activities, get involved! If not you ask? Then challenge yourself for a 30 minute walk along the beach. I prefer to do this as the sun is rising, and then head back to have breakfast! 

2 – Don’t skip the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast is vital. Why?.. Well, studies have showed that breakfast skippers will be more likely tempted to grab fatty and salty/sugary snacks due to mid-morning hunger or even eat more at lunch or dinner. So if you are trying to lose weight, don’t try to cut calories by skipping your breakfast; this will leave you hungry during the whole day and more vulnerable to cravings! Don’t do it! 

3 – Focus on socialising, not food. 

Don’t stand around the food table at a party. Get out and mingle. Conversation is calorie-free! Standing is still better than sitting (burns more calories). Help clean up to burn even more calories! Remember what the season is about — celebrating and connecting with the people you care about. When you focus more on the fun, it’s easier to focus less on the food.

4 – Drink to your health. 

You want unlimited alcohol at the bar?! Wine, beer, and mixed drinks range from 150 to 225 calories per glass. If you drink alcohol, have a glass of water or juice-flavored seltzer in between drinks. This helps to hydrate you throughout the night, and have less of a hazy head in the morning! Also, we all know how important it is to drink water right?! Yep, that’s what I thought too! Extra one for you – alcohol also increases your appetite. 

5 – Be mindful. 

With your meals, try single-tasking and just eating, with no screens or distractions besides enjoying the company you are sharing a meal and conversation with. Multitasking and eating is a recipe for not being able to listen deeply to our body’s needs and wants. We’ve all had the experience of watching a movie with our bag full of popcorn (I love the toffee popcorn), and before the coming attractions are over, we are asking who ate all of our popcorn?! Get the point?

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Enjoy your holidays, make the most of it, and be balanced! Have the best of both.

Daniela Liset ❤