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.

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7 GOAL SETTING TIPS ANYONE CAN DO

So many of us set goals once a year, and do our best to remember them throughout the year. But often times, we forget them, or we get busy and move on. Whatever it is, goal setting often times doesn’t pan out for everyone. It takes a lot of accountability and planning to set and reach goals.

Last year, I started setting intentions every single month. I would create a plan for each one and remind myself everyday of those intentions. I also started listening to a lot of podcasts on goal setting, and got really intrigued by what all of these crazy successful people had to say about it (I have my husband to thank for that!). I loved all of their ideas and tips, but I still feel like I need help with creating structure for doing things like making SMART goals. Its easy to do it on your own on a sheet of paper, but I wanted something more in depth. My husband keeps a small notebook that’s sole purpose is tracking his goals and aspirations. Genius idea. I used my Passion Planner in a similar way and liked using that, but it was always hard to squeeze extra stuff in there like manifestation and intentions that I set every month and daily.

Then I heard about GOAL JOURNALS and decided to give them a shot, because, well, I love trying out new tools to that help keep me intention and mindful AF. Forget about the notebooks and planners- you NEED this in your life if you want to crush your goals without feeling overwhelmed by them.

Here is a little look into my goal journal. This is just a tiny glimpse because it has so much to offer! More than I ever would have thought to write down on my own.

I love how detailed this journal is. There is space for life assessments, life vision (which even has a space for self care… AMAZING). There are tools and tips for setting goals, and encouraging quotes. There is so much good stuff in there to keep you organized and on top of your goals. I feel like with this journal, we will be unstoppable when it comes to achieving our goals. As soon as I saw it in person, I told my husband we had to get him one too… and everyone we know! Also, did I mention they are eco friendly? I AM OBSESSING.

Okay, so now that you now how much I am loving my planner, I want to share a few tips with you to help you achieve your goals!

7 simple tips to achieve your goals

  1. use SMART goal setting (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time bound)
  2. share your goals with at least one other person- this helps you stay accountable
  3. check in with yourself every day- what have you done to take steps toward your goal(s) that day?
  4. create a plan that is doable for YOU. What works for you may not work for everyone else, and that is okay!
  5. create a deadline for different goals throughout the year. It’s a lot easier to stay motivated when you get small wins all throughout the year, rather than waiting for everything at the end of the year.
  6. GET A GOAL JOURNAL  and use it every day! Make it a habit!
  7. manifest! I do this every morning and it really gives you a great mind set and keeps you focused.

I love that I can replace my other planners and journals with this one goal journal, because it has space for everything I journal about currently. I feel like this is a great tool to keep my focused, intentional, mindful… and even a great place to do my daily manifestation!

I want to know- do you guys journal/set intentions or goals/manifest? If you aren’t, I HIGHLY suggest making it a habit. With a detailed journal, it makes it so easy and stress-free that there is no reason not to. It’s a habit I am so glad I formed, and with one of my March intentions being to manifest and journal every day, this is perfect for me right now!

**This is a sponsored post. I want you guys to know that I am completely transparent in what I choose to post here, and I would never share ANYTHING that I did not believe in completely and also use myself. I love this journal, and truly believe that it will help anyone with their goals, manifestation, and intentions. Which as you all know are things I wholeheartedly believe in and practice myself! Thank you all so much for supporting me!

What is dry brushing? How and why you should be doing it!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know how much I am loving dry brushing! I have been dry brushing every single day for a month and a half, and I am completely obsessed with it now. There are so many benefits, many of which I notice every single day. Plus, I love the ritual. It’s a self-care method that I cannot go without!

But what is dry brushing?

Using a natural bristle “dry brush” like the one I use (which I absolutely love, by the way!) all you do is brush your skin while it’s dry (I like to do it before a shower) toward your heart.

Benefits of dry brushing

  • great method of exfoliation
  • increases circulation
  • boosts energy
  • stimulates lymphatic system
  • unclogs pores
  • can help improve digestion
  • can reduce the appearance of pores and cellulite
  • improves skin texture
  • helps to ease stress and tension

I have seen great improvement to my skins texture and the appearance of pores with facial dry brushing. I love how energized and overall GOOD I feel after dry brushing. It’s a feeling I have come to crave. Typically, I have poor circulation and my hands an feet are always freezing. I have noticed that since dry brushing, my circulation has improved DRASTICALLY. It’s been amazing!

How to dry brush

For my body, I use the large body brush (with or without the handle) and move in big strokes toward my heart. I do this before or shower, or early on in the morning. After dry brushing/showering I use organic coconut oil or Cocokind Skincare oils to moisturize.

For my face, I use the smaller facial dry brush. I wash my face, then gently dry brush using the same method I do when jade rolling. Then I use toner and moisturizer.

I always follow up dry brushing with drinking a huge glass of water.

What dry brush am I using?

I bought the Belula dry brushes on Amazon after a friend recommended that brand. It’s a great price and comes with the body brush, facial brush, a removable handle for the body brush (great for hard to reach places on your back!), a travel bag for your brushes, and shower gloves. It’s only $19.95 which I felt was an incredible price!

Dry brushing is a pretty small task for the benefits it brings. It’s something that is a daily act of self care that I always feel I can “make time for.” I feel so amazing after dry brushing and it really only takes a few minutes. I mentioned that I dry brush before a shower, but I know many people who prefer to dry brush after, and that works too! I even dry brush on the days I don’t shower, because #hippielife and I don’t shower every day. 🤷🏼‍♀️