I see you! Trying really hard to peel off the layers of diet culture and connect back to the wisdom of your body to let it guide your eating.
Which is really awesome.
But you're blocking that wisdom by turning your hunger and fullness signals into new rules you must obey...,
"I must only eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full... or else"
When we do this, we are setting ourselves up to judge our adherence to these "rules" so when we don't perfectly honor our hunger and fullness, we don't feel so hot about ourselves, which sounds a lot like "falling off the wagon" aka Dieting 101.
So here it is my franz: HUNGER AND FULLNESS ARE NOT RULES.
Rarely am I *truly hungry* for dessert after dinner, but if it sounds good and I want it, I'll honor that craving from my body.
Sometimes I only have 30 minutes between clients calls during the day, whether I'm hungry or not is besides the point, I'll eat if that's when my break is because hello..., that's life.
If I'm out to happy hour with friends and not hungry but someone orders french fries you bet your sweet ass I am having some, *hunger cue or not*!
Intuitive eating is a set of tools designed to help you trust your body and yourself in the moment with out rigid black and white rules.
If you are judging yourself for eating when you are not hungry or beating yourself up if you're feeling overly full, that is your sign that you are turning Intuitive Eating into a diet.
Release the pressure to *do* intuitive eating perfectly. There is no such thing.
That is your Diet Mentality at play and mindset medicine is what the doctor ordered.