My intuitive eating journey is still going really well. I’m getting through the book quickly (it’s so informative and fascinating!) and I just feel, like I said before, so free. Like Heather said, it’s great not to be a part of the clean your plate club anymore!
I’ve noticed that since I’m not always worrying about being healthy and what foods I should be eating, I’ve been a lot happier. I’m not only thinking intuitively when I eat, but also in everything else I do. The book, Intuitive Eating, gives tons of advice that can be related to eating and everyday life. The authors write about taking deep breaths before beginning an act and taking a second to realize what you’re doing. It really makes life more enjoyable when you’re more aware. It personally helps me to be more grateful, too. I just cannot say enough good things about this book!
The authors also write about not setting your goals for “perfect,” but instead being happy and respecting your body as it is now. It’s kind of strange because I read that, and then I was in adoration on Friday, I read this quote from a book in the chapel:
“He who seeks perfection before action and labor will achieve nothing.” -Isaac the Syrian
Although Isaac was referring to praying, it’s true in every aspect of life. This one’s tough for me to wrap my brain around because I’m definitely a perfectionist. For example, all of my “healthy habits” started when I first set a goal to get abs. I was soooo determined that I was going to get abs. It’s kind of weird (but not really) that since I set that goal, I’ve actually gained weight instead. If you’re starting a task or a diet or anything with the intention of being perfect, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Instead, try to be happy with what you’ve got and thankful for the things you do have instead of upset about what you don’t have and the rest will follow.
It might just be a coincidence (doubt it!), but lots of good things have been happening since I started this “journey.” For example, my Cake Batter Popcorn was featured on BuzzFeed yesterday. How cool is that? A few other good things are in the works, too. I really have nothing to complain about!
If you’re looking for more reading on intuitive eating, you should check out Tracy’s post: 10 Ways Intuitive Eating Could Make You Happier and Healthier.
Are you mindful in everyday tasks? I know I certainly could still use some work on that!
I made this homemade sweetened condensed milk because I ran out of regular sweetened condensed milk. I realize it probably would have been easier to just run to the store, but I wanted to try making it. It turned out pretty well. I will say, it doesn’t exactly taste the same, but the texture and thickness is the same. The taste is a little nuttier, probably due to the coconut milk.
Since I copied the recipe exactly, you can check out Detoxinista’s website for the recipe!