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Is it just me or is the new health trend starting to look like we are micromanaging our lives?
We’re tracking our calories, tracking our steps, restricting our carbs and counting our nuts. What happened to intuitively eating and exercising for fun? Has it come to running around our kitchen table just to fit in those 10,000 steps by the end of the day?
A study published in 2016 shows no difference whatsoever between those who used a fitbit for a year and those who didn’t. This kind of data should have you rethinking these expensive devices. Stop stressing about the numbers, for all we know it’s probably negating the health benefits of exercise!
I have even seen some patients who sacrifice their yoga workout to go on a run instead. That way, their doing something that will add more steps to their day. What good is that? Yoga has many health benefits but the obsession with tracking steps seems to be able to override that.
The trackers are definitely pretty but the symbolism is not.
Trackers show the world we need to be monitored, and that is certainly the opposite of nutrition counseling (by a dietitian, at least.) As a Registered Dietitian, my job is to guide and educate my patients until they reach the point where they finally believe that they can trust themselves to make good food decisions.
Looking for some guidance on how to become an Intuitive Eater and ditch the tracking?
Should you start intuitive eating?
If I am craving a certain food, I don't allow myself to have it.
I have forbidden foods that I don't allow myself to eat.
I don't allow myself to eat what food I desire at that moment.
I follow eating rules that dictate what, when and how to eat.
- I find myself eating when I feel emotional (anxious, bored, sad, depressed) even when I'm not physically hungry.
What is Intuitive Eating?
It's difficult to respect your body when you are constantly chastising yourself for eating the wrong thing and looking the wrong way. Intuitive eating helps us understand our inner voice that drives our hunger and fullness and teaches us to make room for self love.
It brings us to a point where we can let go of the "diet" mentality and accept our appetites! It removes the guilt from eating and allows you to feel the physical sensation of hunger and fullness, so that you can stop when you are satisfied.