After you've rejected the diet mentality and let go of the idea that the next diet will be "the one," it's time to start tuning into your bodies' signals.
The second principle of Intuitive Eating is to honor your hunger. From intuitiveeating.org: Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.
Here's the thing - we are biologically designed to seek out and eat food. It keeps us alive. Our hunger is the signal that our body uses to let us know it's time to eat. Diets/eating plans/lifestyle changes tell us that either we can't in fact trust our hunger signals, or that we should simply ignore them.
Our hunger is well regulated if we respect it. Sometimes we will be more hungry, sometimes we will be less hungry. Our bodies are brilliant and can account for differing amounts of food and physical activity if we listen. Despite what the diet and fitness industry wants us to believe we CAN trust it.
If you've been a dieter or followed food rules for any period of time it may be difficult to tune back into your hunger signals, but it can be done. Try checking out the different signals your body uses to tell you it's time to eat.
Stay tuned for principle #3: make peace with food.......