MY INTUITIVE EATING JOURNEY

Okay, first of all I know many of you are wondering…

what is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is literally the opposite of a “diet” mindset. It’s looking at food in a much more positive light.

With a “diet” mindset the relationship is often unhealthy and people see food as rewards and punishments. Which is not a healthy way to look at food! FOOD IS FOOD. period.

Intuitive eating (also mindful eating) is asking yourself “what food does my body need right now for nourishment” rather than “what does my body need right now to look (insert adjectives such as thin or skinny).” It’s creating a healthy relationship with your food because you are seeing it as the nourishment that you need and appreciating the value that it gives. It’s really listening to your body and taking the time to eat what feels right at that time without judgement. And that might look different from day-to-day, and that is okay!

It’s stopping the thoughts of “I can’t eat anything ever but when it’s cheat day I can and will eat everything I have wanted all week/month” and starting to think “I can eat anything I want any day, anytime.” You are choosing nourishment, and seeking to find what your body wants and needs as opposed to what you think (or what someone else thinks!) is going to make you lose weight, get “fit,” be healthy… anything like that.

Simply put, intuitive eating should be you personally listening in on what your body is needing at a particular time. Being okay with that, and nourishing yourself properly. Finding your own personal balance, and living within the space that works for your without judgement.

For me, this also means eating without labels. And I am sure most of you are thinking “but you eat gluten-free, and dairy-free… so how are those not labels?”

What I mean is this: some of us have a food intolerance, or choose not to eat something for whatever reason (you don’t need to explain your choices!). That is of course fine! But I think it is important to not label myself and who I am BY they way that I eat or by the food that I am choosing to eat or not choosing to eat. To me it also means being okay with your diet changing, and being open to what your body needs. My diet changes with my cycles, with what sounds good or feels right to me. Sometimes I go through a period of eating no egg, but if I feel like having an egg I will have one.

I hope that makes sense.

It’s all about listening to what your body wants and doing what works best for you at any given time.

a small piece about my journey

As a teenager, I pretty much ate whatever I wanted. I want to be clear that this is not intuitive eating. It was not mindful. It was not listening to my body or what I needed at that time. I am pretty sure I lived off wheat toast, peanut butter, dairy, and pasta. Not very healthy. And my body was not happy (but that is another story, for another time).

I really started listening to my body’s needs, and feeding myself what I needed. What my body was screaming out that it DIDN’T want. I quit eating dairy, quit being a vegetarian, and eventually quit gluten (among other things) when I learned more and more about what my body liked and did not like.

how can you start eating more intuitively?

I know it can sound complicated, but I promise you it doesn’t have to be. And honestly, it shouldn’t be. Listen to your body, tune in to how you feel before and after you eat. If you are having some problems and thing you have something going on, you an always seek help or start a food journal to track how your body reacts to certain foods.

5 tips to start TODAY

  1. start a food journal including how you feel after eating each thing
  2. before you eat, ask yourself if you are really hungry, then ask yourself what you are hungry for. what nourishment does your body need? protein? healthy fats? veggies? raw or cooked? TUNE IN to what your body is needing
  3. ladies, start CYCLE SYNCING and eating intuitively by what cycle you are on. I also have these DIY cycle syncing cards to help remind you what you need to do and eat during each phase
  4. stop judging yourself by what you eat. find a balance that works for you, and do not compare it to others. our bodies are different, our lives are different, so what we eat and when may differ and that. is. okay.
  5. eat what makes you feel GOOD. i don’t mean eat chocolate all day every  day because you love it. i mean eat the food that makes you feel energized, healthy, and overall amazing. and then let yourself have the chocolate without judgement on occasion because your balance will make your relationship with food happier than ever.

How was all that ranting? If you read through all the Chels rambling, good for you babe! You are ready to start eating intuitively and begin a healthy and positive relationship with food.

For more, be sure you’re following along at my instagram!

EASY RAW GLUTEN FREE VEGAN CAKE POPS

You may have seen on my Instagram that we recently celebrated our daughters fourth birthday! She loves cake pops, so I wanted to create some that were a little more health conscious, while also leaving out the foods that we have issues with in our house (gluten, dairy, eggs).

while I think these are a healthier option compared to a traditional cake pop, and they are free from refined sugars, they do have maple syrup and dates. But they are a better choice than other recipes and certainly better than store bought!

I think you guys are going to really like this recipe. when I posted a photo of them on stories, you wouldn’t believe how many replies I got asking for the recipe!

They are:

easy to make

only 8 simple ingredients

made with REAL foods

refined sugar free

sweet and satisfying

soft and chewy

and absolutely a hit at parties!

I hope you love these. Remember to use #naturallychelsrecipe on Instagram so I can see your creations!

healthier cake pop recipe

2/3 c soft, pitted dates

1 c almond flour

1 1/2 sprouted walnuts

1 t almond extract 

1/4 c coconut oil

1/4 c coconut butter 

1/2 t pink salt

1/4 c maple syrup

“icing”

1/3 c melted coconut butter 

1/4 c melted, and cooled coconut oil

1/2 T maple syrup

optional: beet root powder for color

Add everything except icing ingredients into a blender or food processor, and mix until you have a semi-doughy texture.

roll into balls and pop in the freezer for 5 minutes. take out and stick a cake pop stick in them. put back in the freezer.

add all your icing ingredients to a small bowl and mix well. dip or drizzle over cake pops. store in the freezer, or fridge if you are going to eat them quickly!

6 easy ways to go green and reduce waste

Happy Earth Day to our beautiful and amazing planet! Everyday is Earth Day around our house though, because we always want to do our best to care for this beautiful planet that we get to call home.

I have always been passionate about reducing my waste and carbon footprint. But I know that for some of us it can be a little overwhelming when there is so much we feel we need or want to change to be more eco-friendly.

There are so many things we can all be doing to take better care of the Earth, and reduce waste within our families. With that being said, here are five things you can do today to make it happen, without hassle of course.

stop using plastic grocery bags

I seriously have a ridiculous amount of reusable bags, and I use them every time we go shopping. I even use them at Costco instead of using their boxes for my groceries. I have tried reusable bags from everywhere, but my absolute favorite are from Colony Co. because they are HEAVY duty and big!

switch to reusable sandwich and freezer bags

We use so much plastic by using plastic bags! I love Stasher brand bags because they are heavy duty and able to go in the freezer as well. They are made of silicone so there is no plastic or toxins either which is amazing. They make them in all sorts of sizes and can be used for so many different needs.

use jars or reusable bags for produce and bulk items

When you are shopping for your loose produce and bulk items, bring your own cloth produce bags and jars. I have been loving Colony Co. produce bags too. They have so many different sizes, and they work better than other brands I have used.

buy a nice water bottle

and get into the habit of not forgetting it! I have even seen people put a post it on their door with a reminder to grab their water bottle. Staying hydrated is crucial, and having a nice water bottle to take with you means you won’t ever feel tempted to buy a plastic one. I like glass water bottles like this one and these. Some great stainless steel ones are healthy human and sip.

bring your own mug/cup when you go out

you can save a lot of waste by bringing your own cup to a coffee shop, or anywhere else you would grab a beverage from. This is totally something I will admit I need to work on and get better at. I mean, you all know I have the mugs to do it!

Reuse old jars and containers when you can

I love reusing all my old jars from food and skincare! My cocokind jars are my favorites to reuse for endless things because they’re such a good size for small stuff. Reusing jars from coconut oil etc are great for bulk items too!

There are TONS more that we could all be doing to make more of an effort to create less waste, but this is a great place to start. I think these are all really simple things that anyone can do at any point in time. I would love to know, are you doing any or all of these things already? What’s something you want to work on to reduce waste?

*My Colony Co. bags were gifted, but I would never share any product with you guys that I don’t personally love and use. I would buy these bags myself, and am absolutely impressed with their quality.

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