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How To Make Intuitive Eating Practical

One of the most common questions I receive is how to actually put intuitive eating practice into your real life. We can often get hung up on the rules and restrictions of diet culture that we feel lost without them and unsure of how to move forward on our intuitive eating journey. Today I am here to give you practical advice for implementing intuitive eating into your everyday life. 

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Key Takeaways

If you are looking to include the practice of intuitive eating into your life you should:

  1. Relearn how to listen to your body and brains signals instead of outsourcing your decisions
  2. Become more mindful about the way you are eating and separate from your food distractions
  3. Tackle one intuitive eating principle at a time and find a solid support network to help you through them
  4. Plan your meals in a way that serves and excites you and will fit into your regular life with ease

You Were Born an Intuitive Eater

Intuitive eating may sound simple, but it’s not easy. In short, intuitive eating is just eating! You were born an intuitive eater, sensing when you are hungry and what satisfaction feels like. However, the way you have been socialized has shaped how you interact with food, to the point where many of us don’t know how to trust and listen to both our brains and our bodies.

Intuitive eating is about simplifying your eating habits and guidelines so that you can find the overlap between listening to your brain and your body to make intuitive eating decisions.

Practical Advice for Implementing Intuitive Eating in Your Life 

Building healthy habits is the key to changing your internal landscape when it comes to food and learning to listen to your body’s signals. You don’t need to be mindful 100% of the time, but even a small amount of awareness can be powerful when embracing intuitive eating.

Starting from a place of mindfulness, taking it one principle at a time, and planning your meals in a way that fits in with your lifestyle are all great ways to start checking in with yourself and selecting your food choices based on a more internal approach.

Which of my tips have you tried? What have you noticed? Share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments below.

In This Episode

  • Why you need to unlearn what you have been taught about food and get back to basics (3:48)
  • How I choose to define and explain intuitive eating to others (9:07)
  • Tips for changing the framework in which you interact with food on a daily basis (16:25)
  • How to make intuitive eating more practical for your everyday life (20:55)
  • Cooking advice to help you simplify your eating and make intuitive eating work for your schedule (29:18)

Quotes

“We have become so accustomed to interacting with food in that way, that when we present intuitive eating as eating without all of the rules, and restrictions, and regulations, and calculations, and computations, and logging, and everything, it kind of breaks your brain a little bit.” (6:08)

“Here is how I sum up intuitive eating. It is where you use both your brain and your body to decide what to eat.” (10:29)

“In mindful eating, what we are really trying to do is to build awareness of what we are doing, because a lot of our eating is very automatic.” (22:53)

“You are not a short-order cook… and you shouldn’t have to be one in order to make intuitive eating work for you. Remember we are trying to simplify things.” (30:47)

“It is okay to repeat meals, it is okay to use convenience items, it is okay to use dry goods from your pantry, it’s okay to use frozen foods. We have to let go of some of the stigmas around that stuff.” (35:41)

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How To Make Intuitive Eating Practical FULL TRANSCRIPT

Steph Gaudreau

Every single week in my Instagram direct messages, I get a variation of this question, ‘Hey, Steph, so intuitive eating, I kind of get it, but how do I actually, you know, like, do it for real? How do I actually put intuitive eating into practice in my real life?’ And I have received this question so very many times that I decided that yes, it’s time to record a podcast episode about it. So today, I’m going to be walking you through some practical advice for implementing intuitive eating in your life as a person who still has to buy or make or cook food, you still have to interact with food in some actual way, right? So I know that this episode is going to be very helpful for you. And last week I talked about the question, Is it wrong to want to lose weight, it was a bit of a high flame episode, and I hope that you go back and listen to that one. But today, we’re going to change the energy up a little bit and focus on the implementation of intuitive eating. How do you make it practical? How do you put it into practice in your everyday life? Today? We’re going to answer that question.

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Hello, hello. Welcome back to the podcast. Thank you so much for being with me today. I so appreciate it. I’m really excited to dive into today’s podcast topic and the question of how do you make intuitive eating practical? Because this question comes up so many times that that means a lot of you are wondering how to actually do this. You’ve heard about it, you’ve maybe read the book, you’ve sort of dabbled, you’ve listened to this podcast, other podcasts? And you’re like, Okay, I kind of get it. I kind of understand what the principles are, what it’s about, but Yo, I still have to cook and how am I going to do this. And so I want to break this down for you first, go over a little bit about how I see intuitive eating and how I explain it to people in sort of Cliff’s notes version if you will. And then I’m going to share some practical tips with you at the end. So here’s the thing.

And I’m going to say this, and it’s going to sound simple, but not easy. Okay, so full disclosure, intuitive eating, is just eating. Intuitive eating is just eating it. You were born an intuitive eater. You knew how to communicate who knew how to sense when you were hungry, how to tell your caregivers to feed me, which is usually by crying. And you were born that way. Now over the years because of how you’ve been socialized what you’ve been taught what you’ve had put into you in terms of messaging and what you’ve learned what you’ve seen subconsciously, unconsciously, and how you’ve learned to interact with food from your family, a family of origin caregivers, whoever it happens to be, has shaped your relationship with food over the years, but if we really take it back to brass tacks, intuitive eating is just eating, which is becomes interesting because when we look out into the world, and we think about diets, okay, just take a second and think about diets. Think about food resets, think about detoxes. Now, I’m speaking of course, in terms of things that are trendy or fads, not a medically prescribed program that you’re doing, or likewise. So think about all of the diets. Think about all of the rules or regulations, guidelines, computations, calculations. Everything you’ve had to memorize yes to know lists for food, when to eat, when not to eat, how much to eat. I mean, it’s enough to boggle your brain.

And this is one of the reasons why dieting, and I’m using that to encompass all of the lifestyles, all of the resets all of the plans. There’s a reason why it is it eats up all your brain space. It’s because you’re trying to carry all those rules with you and make assessments of what’s going on in the world and taking the information that’s just overwhelming. So the ironic part is that we’ve become so accustomed to interacting with food in that way.

That when we present intuitive eating as eating, without all of the rules and restrictions and regulations and calculations, and computations and logging and everything, it kind of breaks your brain a little bit, because we just think we’re, we have no guidance. And so the lack of guidance can feel scary. But in fact, we’re talking about simplifying your eating habits. We’re talking about simplifying the guidelines, we’re talking about simplifying so that you’re not having to memorize and constantly assess all of the rules and all of the things you should and shouldn’t do, and so on. And yet, the world around us likes to say, or paint the scary picture, that intuitive eating is just so irresponsible. And I mean, what would we do if we left people to their own devices and, you know, trust ourselves, or start paying attention to our body signals, in addition to solid nutrition guidance, like, oh, the horror, right?

So it’s really important to kind of think about that, as you’re listening to this episode, is that we’re trying to make things easier for you not harder. The caveat, which is at first, because you’re learning and unlearning and looking at what you’re doing and learning some new skills and practicing some things. In the beginning, intuitive eating can feel pretty hard, because you’re challenging, probably decades of the learned behavior of the information you were told and taught, etc. So have some grace and compassion for yourself as you begin this process that it might feel harder and likely will at the beginning. But it does get easier as you go. And it’s one of the reasons why getting support is so crucial. Please don’t mistake that a podcast episode is the same thing as support you need actual humans, whether it’s virtually or in person, you can interact with, and you can share your struggles, ask questions, get support, share your wins, you really need other people to go through this process because dieting forms its own culture of bonding. And when you take that away, and you decide to become an intuitive eater, it can feel really fucking lonely. So please get support in some way, shape, or form in whatever suits your lifestyle, your budget, whether that’s group programs, like my membership, it’s one on one coaching, whatever. But don’t think that reading a book or listening to a podcast episode is the same thing as getting human. real human support.

Okay, so before we go into the actual tips that I have for you today, I want to give you the cliff note version of how I define or explain intuitive eating. I was a teacher, a science teacher for 12 years, I taught high school chemistry and biology, there’s probably a good chance that you’re in the 90% of people who just shuttered when I said chemistry because that’s what happens all the time. But one of the things as a teacher that I had to develop skill around doing was explaining complicated processes complicated systems to teenagers in a way that was easier and accessible to understand. So I do this really well because I’ve been trained how to do this, and it’s just part of who I am and part of my personality. But one of the things I hear so often is that people overcomplicate intuitive eating or people overcomplicate things like strength training, for example. And yes, you can complicate it if you want. Of course, you can go into all of the details and all of the nuances and all of the nitty-gritty. But at the end of the day, most people just want to know, how do I do this thing? How do I make it happen? And in order to do that, we need a very simple baseline of understanding. So here’s how I sum up intuitive eating. It’s where you use both your brain and your body to decide what to eat.

Now, I’ve talked in other episodes about how we’ve got gotten to this place where we’re only using our thinking brain, and it’s not getting us anywhere. We’ve completely ignored or downplayed or been told we can’t trust our bodies, and that our bodies are our enemies. So it’s no wonder that we lean on our thinking, to get us through, but I’m sure that if you’re like most people, you can see where there that has limitations. So intuitive eating, we are Yes, we are trying to eat for health and well being knowing that that’s very individual and that it’s more than just our physical body. But we’re also able to allow fun foods, right? It’s not an either-or it’s a both. And so what we’re really trying to do is find the overlap. Where’s the overlap between Yeah, using our brain and looking at things like evidence-based science, and also, what is our body telling us because I can guarantee you the best macronutrient calculator on the internet still doesn’t know jack shit about you. It might have a general idea based on your biometrics and things like that, but it’s not living your life. And it doesn’t know how you feel on a daily basis. So numbers, for example, have a limitation to them. They’re not the same as a real living human being putting those nutrition recommendations, it’s a practice.

So in intuitive eating, there’s no calorie counting or weighing your food, no feeling guilty for eating a food on the bad list, right all these rules and regulations and shoulds when it comes to what we eat. Now, if you think about this when you’ve dieted, or you’ve followed a strict food plan for years, or you’ve gone back and forth, you’re outsourcing all of your decisions to that plan, which may help in reducing what we call decision fatigue, where you just don’t have to think about it. All I have to do is eat this many carbs, all they have to do is eat this many calories, all they have to do is eat this many points and on and on and on.

So it may seem in the short term that those food plans make things easier. However, you will also end up doing things like brushing off your body signals. So what that comes down to is, oh, the plan said to eat x calories or y grams of carbs. And I all my food for the day and I’m still starving. And I can tell you from personal experience. When I talk about macros, there are people out there who think I’m just being some hater who doesn’t know what it’s like. And that is 100%, not the case. Because I have definitely gone through my paces with that.

And I remember the last cut that I did was in a cut for weightlifting me, I should say in 2016, and you know, I was starving every day. I got to I ate all my macros for the day. I tried to spend them wisely, you know, like food money, tried to spend them wisely on foods that would fill me up on foods that would be satiating, I tried not to you know, quote, wasted all on fun food, or alcohol. That’s actually why I stopped drinking back in 2016. And I’ve been alcohol-free since because I figured, well if I have limited, I’ve got a limited amount of food I can eat or a limited amount of macros I can have. I’m sure as shit not going to spend it on alcohol because that’s not going to fill me up. Anyhow, if you’ve had that experience where you have drastically cut your food intake and you’re like, well, I got to the amount that I was allowed and I’m still starving, then yeah, we’re brushing off our body signals. So here’s the thing. There’s no lack of information in the world that tells you how you should eat but where that gets us is information overload and analysis paralysis that gets us starting and stopping new plans or getting back on the wagon every week or every Monday. We end up overdoing it or binge eating. Sometimes with foods that we feel like then, we have no control over which sends us back into a cycle of restriction which then causes us to overdo and binge, rinse, repeat and feel out of control of food and it leads to inner chaos. So we’re trying to undo some of that, and we don’t do it in a week. It takes time. But that’s what we’re really trying to do is to help you use your body’s signals combined with logical thinking, to be more mindful to think about satisfaction. And yes, to still reach your health goals, whatever those happen to look like. So here’s where the gap comes in.

Is that people feel like intuitive eating, they’re like, Okay, I understand the diet mentality and why I’m making the choices I’m making and diet culture. They’re like, Okay, I’m starting to kind of like, Listen to my signals more. I’m entertaining the idea of making peace with food. And in their mind, you think? Well, that sounds it sounds good. I get it, I guess, I think so. Or maybe you’re even changing the way you’re thinking about things. And the gap is that you’re still used to, even when you’re changing your internal landscape, thoughts, feelings, emotions, right? Those things are shifting.

You’re still oftentimes used to cooking or interacting with food in the old way of doing things. Now, it is taken me since I’ve really started doing intuitive eating for myself, and also became a certified intuitive eating counselor and have worked with many, many people on this and practical senses. And in coaching and, and in group program and things like that. This is for me. And for what I’m seeing with my community, this is the gap. The gap is that either I have to get my food from somewhere, some people don’t cook, right, they’re buying their food, they’re getting a meal service, someone else cooks the meals for them, family member or someone they hire, whatever the situation is, or they’re used to cooking it themselves. But the framework around which they interact with food in a real practical sense of like, I’m going to go to this grocery store and buy this food, or I’m going to order these groceries or these are the meals that we’re going to prepare or this is the food that’s in my refrigerator. And all of that together is still when people are learning intuitive eating, still very grounded in whatever the restrictive rules were and how to actually cook, prep, obtain the food that they’re going to eat is grounded in the old, restrictive way of doing things.

So in your head, you can go on intuitive eating sounds great. And then you’re like, Fuck, what am I going to cook? How am I going to cook this? What foods can I have now, and it becomes really overwhelming sometimes. And that’s the reason why I wanted to do this show. Now, of course, we’re acknowledging here that there is a lot of privilege that comes with being able to make these decisions with having access to a wider variety of foods, for example, being able to access and make those choices, whether it’s through financial reasons or physical access reasons like we don’t live in a food desert, right? So there’s so many layers of privilege that come with this conversation, which I just want to acknowledge.

And the practical cooking part or food preparation or food obtaining part which is like what happens between when you get the food and it goes in your mouth is where people really struggle. So if this is making sense to you, definitely ping me on Instagram DM I want to hear that this is making sense and clicking. Because this is what I work with even with my membership. We have these conversations about well like what do I cook now? What kind of lunches do I make, you know, I’m still working outside the house or I’m trying to balance how to cook and make food and think about these new ways of relating food with intuitive eating.

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Here are the tips that I’m going to share with you to make intuitive eating more practical. Okay, the first one is, and this is it seems so like, Huh, like, okay, boring, but it is so, so, so important it critical to reconnecting with your inner intuitive eater, period. Even if you’re just listening to this, and you’re like, I just want to stop eating a meal and feeling so fucking stuffed all the time, like what happened, I don’t feel great, I just ate way too much. Or you’re just thinking I just want to relate to food in a different way. This first thing is to start with mindfulness.

Start with mindfulness, or what we call mindful awareness. When it’s related to food, mindful awareness is called mindful eating. Now, one of the beefs I have with mindful eating is that it is always used to couch conversations of intentional weight loss. However, mindful eating is amazing no matter what you’re doing. And it is a really important skill and practice that can lead to a deeper understanding of food, and how it interacts with your body, your own body signals for you to feel more grounded when you’re eating, and less scattered, for example. So it is really, really important. And this is why I actually made the mindful eating toolkit, which is one of the programs that I have that helps you customize, not just mindful eating because it’s okay to learn about it. But then how do you actually continue to implement it is through habits, how do we build the habit, and that’s what the mindful eating tool helps you do. So in mindful eating, what we’re really trying to do is to build awareness of what we’re doing, because a lot of our eating is very automatic.

Now, I personally don’t believe that you need to be 100%, a mindful eater all the time, every single time you’re going to eat something, it has to be like, you know, you’re setting a table, and it has to be perfect, and you’re only thinking about the food. Because for a lot of us, if we’re really used to this automatic eating, we’re gonna feel like even the first five minutes of a meal doing mindful eating will feel like a long time.

And if you are used to being distracted, when you’re eating, it’s gonna feel like, oh my god, I’m so bored when I’m doing this, because we’re used to being having our brains engaged by other things. So I don’t want you to think that you have to be 100% mindful when you’re eating to get any benefit from it. I don’t believe that that’s the case. I think even a small amount of awareness is extremely powerful. And I shared this on my Instagram. Now, when this show comes out, it’ll be a couple of weeks ago, but it was about three simple things that you could do. So you can do these tips. see which one resonates with you. You’re just trying to get more aware. The first tip is to chew more. I can’t tell you how many people replied and said, Oh my gosh, yes, I completely like Hoover down my food. I eat so fast. And I feel really uncomfortably full afterward. And I don’t like it. Now, here’s the thing. I hear oftentimes from people who were maybe in the military at a younger age, for example, and they think, Okay, well, I learned how to eat really fast because I had to eat in literally five minutes. So I have to ask the question, well, Is that still the case? And most of the time, they’ll say no. So sometimes you’ll have to rebuild this habit or you may have grown up within a family-like myself where there were four children and you were sort of ‘am I gonna get my piece?’. Am I gonna get enough food, maybe there was food insecurity even in your, in your experience of growing up, or even now it’s more familiar to you. So you’re thinking, Okay, I’m just gonna eat this food while I have it. I think I told the story recently of my cat while our cat growing up, who had food insecurity when he was a kitten, and he just anytime he saw food for the rest of his life, could not contain himself he was, it was something that was really deep-seated in him.

But chewing more and slowing down is so important. So try to do a little bit better in this way. Try to slow down a little bit, try to chew a little bit more notice the flavors. And that’s the next tip is to do a taste check. So be mindful, just be like, what am I noticing about the flavors does the quality of the flavor change throughout the meal? Most people will notice at the beginning of the meal, it tastes so fucking good, right? Like, oh, this is hitting all the right spots, the right notes, it tastes amazing. And then by the middle of the meal, like maybe you’re not even noticing the flavors and the taste and the texture is quite as much anymore. So do a taste check. You can put your fork down a little bit more often. Now, I don’t think you need to do it after every single bite and have a meal take an hour. But if you’re just used to eating real quick, maybe you put your fork down every few bites, check-in mid-meal, and see what is my fullness level. And I don’t even think you need to do numbers here but as simple, pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. Because that’s all very personal, right? And for a couple of minutes, can you start with two minutes, set a timer for two minutes, and eat an undivided attention style? Meaning no phone, no reading material, no tv, no computer. I know. I’m not saying you need to do it for the whole meal. So don’t ask me okay, right? Because I think that that’s a big ask when you’re first getting started if you’re used to every meal being distracted by something else, like a device or computer or whatnot, and I in front of the computer all the time.

Fair warning, but it also will occasionally check-in and take a part of a meal. Without that. So two minutes, can you do two minutes? And if that’s easy, can you do five minutes, I would love to know on Instagram, send me a DM let me know which one of these you tried and what you noticed. So that’s the first tip, right? Make it mindful, start with mindfulness. Because really, mindfulness doesn’t require that you make some massive, huge changes. It’s really subtle. And it usually fits into what you’re already doing. It’s bringing her focus and your attention and your mindfulness to observe, to observe to notice. And I think that this is going to be really powerful for you. The second tip that I have is to tackle one principle at a time. So this has to do a little bit more with making it practical in terms of making it approachable. But yes, there are 10 principles of intuitive eating, please don’t try to do tips and tricks and habits from all of them at the same time. It will be too much. Trust me on this. Okay, so maybe you decide that in the month of March, you’re going to focus on satisfaction. So you’re going to just be aware, you’re going to weave in maybe a couple of practices that you’ve learned about satisfaction. And maybe you focus only on that for the month of March. Great. Choose something new for April, if you feel like you’ve learned something and you’re ready to move on to something else. So give it a longer focus.

Don’t try to do all 10 principles at the same time. And not everybody needs to necessarily do the principles even in their numbered order. Although I caution you against skipping to principle 10 if you’re brand new because even the best gentle nutrition guidelines can be treated like a diet if we haven’t looked at some of the other things with intuitive eating. So that’s tip number two. And then tip number three, which is going to probably shock and awesome of you is to plan your meals. If you work you’ve got to make it practical, or to at least you know, think about the meals you want to make. Now what I’m not talking about is I’m going to make 21 identical containers of chicken brown rice and broccoli, plain, blah, and that’s going to be what I eat. But you also have to make this realistic. So for you, if cooking a few things on the weekend, or keeping your meals really simple, you just you kind of know which meals you like. And maybe you make, you know a protein and you make some veggies and you make some starches, and you just kind of mix them together throughout the week. But here’s the deal, you’re not a short-order cook.

Maybe, I mean, you could be but it’s unlikely. And you shouldn’t have to be one. In order to make intuitive eating. work for you. Remember, we’re trying to simplify things. So when you approach, planning meals, just think about, do I have some components that I can easily pull out of the refrigerator and put together a meal? Do I have enough snacks on hand? Do I have some stuff in my kind of pantry, my dry good so that I can use as components to a meal if I’m in a rush? Do I have a couple of things, maybe in the freezer, frozen food, frozen vegetables can be an absolute lifesaver? There’s nothing wrong with them, okay? But really think about it? Do I just have some stuff on hand? And if you’re somebody who doesn’t really know how to cook, then this could potentially be an opportunity to learn a couple of dishes. And I’ll just say, you know, there are still 400 something recipes on my website. So we have some resources there for you if you are looking for recipe ideas. And yes, because my recipe website used to be called stupid, easy paleo, I tried to keep my recipes. Pretty easy, but also satisfying and tasty. So you can go and find all those free recipes still on the website. But you might have to make this practical by Yes, meal planning, or prepping a couple of things here and there.

Here’s what I don’t want you to think, Oh, I have to stand. You know, I had to go sit on a pillow and meditate for five minutes, and then ask myself, hey, body, what do you want to eat right now? And then just wait for the answer to boop, you want to head and then you’re like, well, now I need to go and Gather the ingredients from the grocery store and then go cook it fresh for myself right now. Who has time for that? You know, sometimes you might get a sense of like, Oh, well, you know, I want to put more tasty food on my plate, or I want to put some more protein on my plate, or I want to put some starches on my plate today or whatever it is. But I don’t suggest that you make that your main way of interacting with food on a long-term basis, because you’re going to get overwhelmed, you’re not going to have food around, and then you’re just going to think, Well, fuck it. So here are some other things I would think about with meal planning, but keeping it more in an intuitive eating style, I would think what am I What am I adding to my plate or to my routine in terms of food? Can I experiment with something new? Can I add something back in that previously it was off-limits? And you might need to go through the process of making peace with food. So that could be another story for another day. But what am I adding to my routine, because diets and restrictions focus on taking away what you cannot have? and so on. So I want to think what am I adding here? Can I add something new? Can I experiment with a new vegetable? Can I try to have some frozen foods on hand and toss them? toss those into whatever I’m making, because it’ll be easier for me, right? Another thing you can think about when you’re planning your meals, or you’re putting your meals together is am I putting something satisfying on each plate.

Now again, we don’t want to go overboard and think that we have to go through a big process to make this happen. But just we can even think about what we have on hand is there something I can put on this plate that will make it more satisfying and nine times out of 10 this is going to be some kind of fat. It might be something crunchy that could be changed up the texture. But a lot of us are like ooh, have some kind of fat on here would be really delicious. Because fat is delicious. And makes food taste good. It gives us a nice mouthfeel and it actually helps us to it helps our stomach to empty slower so sometimes we get longer satiation. So there’s that but it could be protein. You could want some satisfying carbs on your plate, whatever but am I putting something that I’m enjoying on this on? Am I putting something enjoyable on this plate? And then the last tip that I have for you here is it’s okay to recycle the recipes that you like. It’s okay to you know have that one soup that you like to make every week or it’s okay to have that salad that, you know, keeps for a few days, so you don’t have to continuously make it again. Or maybe there’s a bagged salad that you really like, we get bagged salad all the time. Because your girl here doesn’t always have time to chop a fresh salad. Okay, so is there a bagged salad that you can pick up in your weekly grocery shop?

Is there a certain protein that you really enjoy, and you can have that on hand and, and it takes some of the decision fatigue away, that’s the whole point here. So it’s okay to repeat meals, it’s okay to use convenience items, or it’s okay to use dry goods from your pantry, it’s okay to use frozen foods like we have to let go of some of the stigmas around that stuff. And, and frankly, sometimes it’s more accessible in terms of things like budget as well. So those are my tips for you today for making intuitive eating more practical, right? start with something like mindfulness, it doesn’t require a whole lot of big sweeping change, right? It’s not big and dramatic, it’s actually going more internal and just checking in and noticing. The second tip that I had for you was to tackle one principle at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself. And then the third tip that I had is yes, if you plan your meals, plan your meals, it’s okay to keep doing that. You don’t have to be a short-order cook in order to eat intuitively. Hit me up on Instagram DM’s. Let me know what resonated for you in this episode. Yes, I read my DM’s, I see them all. I really appreciate it when you send me messages and tell me what you learned or what you liked. Make sure you push that subscribe button on your podcast app and tell a friend or a loved one about this show. It really does help to spread the word about the podcast. Thank you so much for being with me today. I can’t wait to be here again with you next week. Same time, the same place. Until then, rock on with your bad self. Sending you so much love. We’ll talk soon.

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