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How To Eat, For Dum-Dums. 

 May 24, 2021

By  Nutritionist Nicole

Don’t let the title insult you.  I’m not calling you a “dum-dum”.  I’m simply remarking on the silly concept that in order to be happy or pretty we all have to starve ourselves or stop eating carbs!

Yuck.

But, seriously now.  Welcome to my Nicole Talk: How To Eat Like A Normal Person.

So, let me ask you something first.  Have you ever freaked out about a spontaneous meal or family holiday? Maybe not the event itself, but instead what’s on the menu?

“Omg” you think to yourself “I can’t eat this, or that…  That’s way too many calories” or whatever issue flies through your head at Mach-5 (That’s fast, I think… Not totally sure).

Let me save you some reading time.  Don’t freak out about not being able to eat pizza during family pizza night.  Or only allowing yourself 1 piece of garlic bread during spaghetti night because … because… well because whatever your reasons.

Just stop it.

Okay, I know it is easier said than done.  Let’s dig a bit deeper.

You got concerned because you ate that slice of pepperoni pizza.  So you stressed about it and woke up the next day and just had to run an extra mile on the treadmill.

Don’t do that.

Or, perhaps you drank an extra glass of wine and felt super quilty and then all of a sudden decided to swear off wine for a month.

Stop it.

If you’re thinking about food all day long it’s a sign that you’re not eating enough or giving yourself what you really want. 

A chief idea to keep in mind is to get out of your brain.  Most of us have unfortunately been programmed to think a certain way when it comes to food.  Eat this, don’t eat that, do this, don’t do that, look at these beautiful people on this magazine cover, they have the perfect life!

Ugh…  

Look, normal people Look Forward to spontaneous meals and delicious bites.  They don’t constantly think about what’s going in their mouths at all moments of the day.

If you’re constantly thinking about food, or food is taking up 70%+ of your mental processing power…  That’s likely a sign of a binge mentality.  You’re going to lose that fight.  You’re going to end up sacrificing your happiness and ultimately what you truly want for yourself.

Which, if I had to hazard a guess, you want to feel good and feel good about yourself.

Who the cheesy-pretzel doesn’t?

Look, if you’re constantly thinking about food, it’s potential impact on your body, your life, it’s likely a sign that you’re not eating enough or may need to eat more.

And before you close this page because you think that’s bologna, follow me here.

When we have healthy relationships with food we understand what we want and we understand how our bodies react.

If I want a donut, I’m going to allow myself a donut.  If I opt for the “apple” instead it’ll satisfy about 1/100th of that donut craving.  And what’s that gonna cause me to do?

Probably eat a donut anyway.  So I’ve now eaten an apple and a donut.  Oh no, more calories!

Chillax, you see intuitive eating isn’t some off the wall concept.  It’s realizing that if I don’t understand my eating habits I’m likely not achieving what I truly want…

Which is to be happy.  To feel good.  To love that hot-n-spicy thang.

Ahem – I never claimed to be good at writing or funny, so just go with it.

So, let’s do a quick exercise.  When was the last time you’ve felt a good and proper “fullness”.

I’m not talking about that feeling you get 2 hours into an all you can eat buffet.  Or that feeling you get when you’ve had your third meal shake….

I’m talking about that last time your brain got the “Damn, that was good, I’m happy” signal from your stomach?

If you’ve been dieting forever you may have completely rewired your brain to ignore that signal.

If you’ve been bingeing for a long while, again, you may have completely unplugged that signal receiver in your brain.

And this is oftentimes the backwards “dum-dum” thought processes that we fall into.  And it’s not totally your fault either.  I’ve seen the internet, I’ve watched TV…  We’re swarmed with diets, fads, pills, 50% off buffet coupons, and all that crap every second of every day.

It’s no wonder…

So the two signals you’re probably used to is:

  1. You’re starving
  2. You’re uncomfortably full

And that sucks.  You shouldn’t have to feel that way ever.  I’m not telling you not to treat yourself to a buffet.  What I’m saying is that we sometimes need to rewire our brains to listen to our body’s signals.  Our body is really good at telling us what we want and what we need.  But sometimes we just leave the phone off the receiver (phones used to be on a receiver thing, and when it was left off, well… you get it)

At times we are all due for a little rewiring.  Our brains get used to cultural normalities like dieting, and fast fads, and all that junk we sometimes lose focus of our own intuitions.  And that’s what I’m here to help with.  Bringing you back to yourself.  Helping you understand, you.  And ultimately rewiring your relationship with food.

I’m always happy to chat with someone regarding their journey.  If you have questions you know where to reach me.  Click that contact button or follow me on your favorite social media channel.  I’m here for you girl!  It’s time you allowed yourself to break free of diets and the commonplace thought processes of pop-culture.

I got faith in you!

~N

Nutritionist Nicole


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about helping people make peace with food, ditch their diet mentality and live a joyful life.

Nicole C.