"Eat when you're hungry. Stop when you're full." Sounds easy enough doesn't it?
According to the Huffington Post, intuitive eating entails an innate set of cues that are at work to keep our bodies regulated. The problem is, some people are seriously disconnected from those cues. Take a look at babies and young children: they are masters of intuitive eating.
Its popularity lies in the fact that intuitive eating isn't a diet; rather, it's a way of life. The body simply tells us what it needs - we just need to slow down and listen to it.
With diabetes we are constantly reading labels, counting carbohydrates and analyzing the ins and outs of diet minutiae. We take insulin and commit to the plate before us. Does this distract us from listening to our bodies? You betcha.
How can you be an intuitive eater with diabetes?
Think before you load your plate - and your syringe.
Start small. You can always add more to your plate and tack on insulin.
Ask yourself if you are truly hungry.
Everything in moderation may be a good thing; a well-balanced diet with occasional treats helps to decrease cravings and increase satiation.
According to the National Institutes of Health, intuitive eating is linked to a lower BMI and tends to dampen the 'yo-yo' dieting that so many are familiar with.