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JENNY EDEN COACHING

The Intersection of Structure and Flow (with eating)

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are 4 questions to ask yourself in your eating audit and a few of the ways you’ll know how to become a more empowered and intuitive eater.  Please know that you’re not always going to have the perfect reasons for eating (and that is ok!) nor will you always be able to honor what your specific needs are depending on the environment you’re in or the circumstances you’re in at the time.  Use these as guidelines to understand yourself better, what triggers you and to gently guide you to a place of pleasurable and undistracted eating.</span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n<ol>\r\n <li>\r\n<h1>Is it physical hunger or emotional hunger?</h1>\r\n</li>\r\n</ol>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Use this <a href=\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/hungertimeline.jpg\">hunger timeline</a> to determine where you are right now as you’re thinking about eating.  If it\'s above a 5 you’re likely eating for emotional reasons.  Below a 5 and there’s a good chance your body needs 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Am I craving something in particular (texture, flavor profile)</h1>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">In addition to being an emotional species, we are also a tactile and sensory species and we derive pleasure from different tastes, sensations, mouth-feel and textures.   We can honor this by choosing foods that will scratch that particular itch.  Just because you are craving “carbs” or salt, doesn’t mean something is wrong with you or that you have a food addiction.  We <strong><a href=\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/honor-your-cravings\">crave foods</a></strong> for many different reasons including the time of the month, other hormonal shifts, the weather and temperature and nutrients we may be currently lacking.  Ditch the judgement morality and seek the foods that are the most nutrient dense as you can find that fulfills your craving.</span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n<h1><strong>3. Am I relaxed and undistracted?</strong></h1>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">This is a big one!  Imagine for a minute that you are in a spa, getting a relaxing aromatherapy massage for an hour with soft, sweet music playing in the background.  How do you feel?  Are you relaxed and happy?  Do you generally feel like pouncing on pizza and doritos right after?  Likely not and that is because you are in a relaxation response.  Humans are meant to eat when relaxed and aware to optimise digestion and our metabolisms.  In fact, when we eat in a stress response, our bodies can literally shut down digestion (as it would if a lion were chasing you because all the blood rushes to our head and extremities to quickly react and run etc).  To learn much more about mindful eating and relaxed eating, <strong><a href=\"http://jenny-eden.teachable.com/p/my-7-day-email-course-fast-track-to-slow-eating/?preview=logged_out\">enroll in my free 7-day mindful eating course</a>.</strong></span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n<h1><strong>4. Am I eating this just because it’s there?</strong></h1>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">I call this the “It\'s there so I eat it syndrome” (you can learn more about this syndrome and other reasons why we tend to overeat, binge, stress or emotionally eat by downloading my <strong><a href=\"https://jennyedencoaching.lpages.co/3-part-video-series/\">3-part video series on eating empowerment here</a>).  </strong></span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">We will sometimes eat, not because we are hungry or stressed or having some other type of emotion but simply because it’s right in front of us and we instinctively grab or graze on food when it\'s there.   So what can we do about this?  </span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">#1 - if possible, move the food item out of view or tucked away in a cabinet</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">#2 - replace the food that is just lying around with a more nutrient dense option like carrots or trail mix</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">#3 - remove yourself from the table or place where that food is just lying around.  Suggest a walk if you’re with someone, or go to a different room if you’re on your own.</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">#4 - If you’re at a restaurant, ask the waiter to take away your plate, or the bread bowl or left-over appetizers sitting there before your main course arrives.</span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Asking these 4 questions before you eat will give you a greater understanding of why you’re driven to eat in this moment and will give you some time and space to make choices that are aligned with both your short-term and long term goals around your health and nutrition.  </span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Found this helpful?  Learn even more about eating empowerment by watching my <strong><a href=\"https://jennyedencoaching.lpages.co/3-part-video-series/\">3-part video series here</a>.</strong></span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<div style=display:none;><img src=\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/4-questions.png\"></div>\";s:10:\"post_title\";s:41:\"4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Eating\";s:12:\"post_excerpt\";s:0:\"\";s:11:\"post_status\";s:7:\"publish\";s:14:\"comment_status\";s:4:\"open\";s:11:\"ping_status\";s:4:\"open\";s:13:\"post_password\";s:0:\"\";s:9:\"post_name\";s:22:\"4-questions-ask-eating\";s:7:\"to_ping\";s:0:\"\";s:6:\"pinged\";s:0:\"\";s:13:\"post_modified\";s:19:\"2017-10-22 16:17:52\";s:17:\"post_modified_gmt\";s:19:\"2017-10-22 20:17:52\";s:21:\"post_content_filtered\";s:0:\"\";s:11:\"post_parent\";i:0;s:4:\"guid\";s:36:\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/?p=2027\";s:10:\"menu_order\";i:0;s:9:\"post_type\";s:4:\"post\";s:14:\"post_mime_type\";s:0:\"\";s:13:\"comment_count\";s:1:\"3\";s:6:\"filter\";s:3:\"raw\";}i:1;O:7:\"WP_Post\":24:{s:2:\"ID\";i:1940;s:11:\"post_author\";s:1:\"1\";s:9:\"post_date\";s:19:\"2017-08-09 13:49:16\";s:13:\"post_date_gmt\";s:19:\"2017-08-09 17:49:16\";s:12:\"post_content\";s:2923:\"<h1>With special guest Stasha Washburn, The Period Coach</h1>\r\n<iframe src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/lI1GALjLqx0\" width=\"560\" height=\"315\" frameborder=\"0\" allowfullscreen=\"allowfullscreen\"></iframe>\r\n\r\nIt’s time to pull the veil on a topic women don’t talk about enough: Our menstrual cycles!\r\nBut guess what?\r\nFood and Mood often go hand-in-hand with our cycles and on this episode of Food Mood Attitude I have an expert to talk to us all about it!\r\n\r\nMeet Stasha Washburn\r\n\r\nStasha is The Period Coach. 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But this doesn’t diminish the fact that for many, food FOMO is a real anxiety that is also often the precursor for eating rapidly, overeating, binge eating and developing a disordered relationship with food.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<u>Chronic Dieting Origins</u>\r\n\r\nIf you have spent a good part of your life yo-yo dieting, you know that there is often self-prescribed scarcity just around the corner.  You had better take part in all the variety of ice cream at the sundae bar because come Monday you’re off to the races with the restriction of your next diet.  And, if there is a real or perceived belief that there is or will be scarcity of food, this only serves to create more anxiety when faced with an abundance of choices.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nThis is why we can feel elated yet overwhelmed at the 15,000 choices of chips in the chips aisle at the supermarket, and why our eyes are often bigger than our bellies at an <a href=\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/psychology-buffets\">all-you-can-eat buffet</a>.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nOne way to deal with food FOMO is to build in mindfulness and mindful eating practices.  When you can slow down, invite gratitude for your food, appreciate where it came from and intellectually process the fact that this food fortunately will always be available to you, you can begin to have a more relaxed approach towards food.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nExamples of places where food FOMO may occur:\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Buffets</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Events where hors d\'oeuvres are passed</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Family holidays</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Fast food establishments</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Seasonal items at Trader Joe\'s</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Free samples offered at banks, Starbucks etc.</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Restaurants with vast menu items</span>\r\n\r\n<span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Meals that have a lot of “fixings” like a potato bar, ice cream sundae bar, or BBQ.</span>\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nTry asking yourselves these questions next time you’re faced with food FOMO:\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n<ol>\r\n <li>Is this a real or perceived food scarcity?</li>\r\n <li>Is your body physically hungry right now?</li>\r\n <li>What is driving your decision to eat right now?</li>\r\n <li>Is this food readily available to me or is this a special or seasonal food that only comes around once in awhile?</li>\r\n <li>Am I stuck in dieting mentality right now, which is telling me to restrict calories or limit what foods I eat?</li>\r\n</ol>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nQuestion your food FOMO and recite mantras that keep you in “abundance” mindset instead of “scarcity” mindset.  Mantras might include: “I place no restrictions on myself around food therefore this food will always be available to me”, or “I will listen to my body and trust that I will know when I’ve had enough to eat”.  Feel free to pick your own incantation that makes sense for you but be sure to have an empowering, reassuring slant to it to assuage you of your food FOMO.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nWhen have you experienced food FOMO?  How have you dealt with it?  Sound off below!\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n<div style=display:none;><img src=\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/food-fomo.png\"></div>\";s:10:\"post_title\";s:22:\"Do you have Food FOMO?\";s:12:\"post_excerpt\";s:0:\"\";s:11:\"post_status\";s:7:\"publish\";s:14:\"comment_status\";s:4:\"open\";s:11:\"ping_status\";s:4:\"open\";s:13:\"post_password\";s:0:\"\";s:9:\"post_name\";s:9:\"food-fomo\";s:7:\"to_ping\";s:0:\"\";s:6:\"pinged\";s:48:\"\nhttp://jennyedencoaching.com/psychology-buffets\";s:13:\"post_modified\";s:19:\"2017-03-28 11:57:21\";s:17:\"post_modified_gmt\";s:19:\"2017-03-28 15:57:21\";s:21:\"post_content_filtered\";s:0:\"\";s:11:\"post_parent\";i:0;s:4:\"guid\";s:36:\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/?p=1677\";s:10:\"menu_order\";i:0;s:9:\"post_type\";s:4:\"post\";s:14:\"post_mime_type\";s:0:\"\";s:13:\"comment_count\";s:1:\"0\";s:6:\"filter\";s:3:\"raw\";}i:3;O:7:\"WP_Post\":24:{s:2:\"ID\";i:2246;s:11:\"post_author\";s:1:\"1\";s:9:\"post_date\";s:19:\"2018-02-26 12:23:32\";s:13:\"post_date_gmt\";s:19:\"2018-02-26 17:23:32\";s:12:\"post_content\";s:6278:\"<img class=\"aligncenter wp-image-2247 size-full\" src=\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Downside-to-Mindful.png\" alt=\"Mindful eating downsides\" width=\"800\" height=\"800\" />\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nI remember gleefully watching chick flicks with my friends in high school. We’d head to the supermarket first to pick out the junkiest and most delicious snacks ever to accompany our movie-watching binge. Make no mistake, we were junk food connoisseurs Mallow-mars for Sixteen Candles , Keebler fudge stripe cookies for Stealing Home and of course, cool ranch Doritos for Pretty in Pink and some coke to wash it all down. This was before I was a <a href=\"http://jennyedencoaching.com/i-was-a-professional-dieter\">full-time professional dieter</a>, of course.\r\n\r\nI’d like to believe it was my as-yet undeveloped palate that brought me to those foods time and again. But I know it was so much more. It was the gestalt of the moment in time for me: The bonding time with my friends, the ritual of being surrounded by junk food while we watched junky movies and just blissed out in our own distracted yet joyful company together. We’d dish out all of our teenage angst energy together and wash it down with a b-grade movie and some processed food and forget our hormone-fueled problems, at least for a little while.\r\n\r\nAs I got older and learned how much I loved simple, natural, unprocessed foods and vegetables, whole, plant-based balanced meals became my staple with only the occasional bout of late-night skittles-binging or dance with a box of sunchips.\r\n\r\nBut, there were foods that I felt were forbidden to me, because of the rules I had placed on myself as a chronic dieter. There were foods that I felt had to be hidden from me lest I have one and crack open that door that I had worked so hard to stay shut as an erratic emotional eater.\r\n\r\nBut now I know better. 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I became far more judicious about what I ate or didn’t eat and knew instinctively when to stop eating based on how my body felt rather than what others were doing, what the clock said or if there was still food on the plate.</h2>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nAll of this was a marvel and a gift to me and helped me create a much healthier and happier relationship with food all around.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nBut, there was one downside…\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nAll the processed foods I thought I loved, could not live without, and even had to hide and/or was fearful of for its weight-gaining properties became very unpalatable to me.\r\n\r\nYou might be thinking that i’m crazy and that is actually an amazing by-product of mindful eating, right.\r\n\r\nBut for me it was tinged with sadness.\r\n\r\nFor example, on Halloween, I used to be obsessed with reese\'s peanut butter cups. Like, it was the only time of year where I allowed myself to eat them. 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Had I known what the other side looked like, I would have been filled with a sense of freedom and choice that I never felt I had. Someone was always telling me eating these things were wrong: myself, my peers, society. I began to fear the very foods that I thought would bring me pleasure, and by doing so cut myself entirely from the experience of pleasure with food at all. Because pleasure with food = weight gain, disease, GI distress, unloveable body, etc.\r\n\r\nSo, it’s a downside because with newfound knowledge of which foods you actually like and find pleasurable may be totally and completely different than you thought and there is some cognitive dissonance associated with that.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nWhat? I don’t actually like cool ranch doritos? That’s blasphemy!\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\nI mourn the time I wasted moralizing food and not just figuring out what I actually truly enjoyed to eat. Had I listened, the answer would have been healthy and balanced all along. 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flow with eating

A lot of people tell me that they are all or nothing.  That they cannot fathom how to find a middle ground with respect to eating and exercise.  

 

This makes sense to me.  After all, we’re conditioned to accept and relate to polarities: failure vs. success, “good vs. bad” happy vs. sad.

 

But very few of us are able to think in shades of gray, especially when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle.  Because our food culture has made it so difficult to naturally eat in a balanced and healthy way, we have taken extreme measures to do so that run antithetical to our own well-being.  

 

We massively restrict calories or food groups when we diet or we binge or overeat.

We determine our self-worth and success based on how our efforts affect the scale.

We sprint for 8 miles after a yoga class or sit on our bums asking someone else to get the remote.

 

Humans have more difficulty defining and making sense of nuances though.  It’s not that we’re incapable of it, it’s just not as clear, structured and defined which we also crave in our lives.

 

We all have more masculine sides of our brains that crave structure, data and a clear path. We also have the more feminine sides which is more about flow and intuitiveness.

 

But, what if we could access both sides of these powerful parts of our brain and approach food with both structure AND flow, with empiricism AND intuitiveness and by planning sometimes AND by being spontaneous sometimes.

 

The trouble starts when we start to see eating healthfully in absolutes and in these derisive success or failure terms.

 

Do we sometimes need to pre-plan what we’re going to eat for dinner?  Absolutely! Because our food culture makes it difficult to eat healthy in the first place (use the construct of a complicit and unhelpful food environment as the backdrop as to why we need to plan at all).

 

But is it also ok to go with the flow sometimes and leave all the planning and pre-decisions by the wayside.  Also a resounding yes.

 

Marrying the two sides of your brain is where you’ll find the sweet spot of intuitive yet intentional eating – something I call Eating Empowerment.

 

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It means that you can write in a food log if you like AND skip a day or two when you’re traveling.

 

It means you can have a day to meal plan, shop and prep foods AND say screw it one day if someone invites you to dinner.

It means you can plan to bring healthy snacks when you’re on the go to ensure you eat nutritiously AND try that fun new sample at Starbucks.

 

The reason you are thinking in black or white terms is because of dieting culture in the first place.  If you have ever been on a diet then you’ve been subjected to food rules that when broken leave you shattered and frustrated and often ricocheting you back to bingeing or bringing no awareness to your eating at all.  If you’ve done that a while and then find yourself feeling angst because you’re not doing anything consciously to be healthy, you might then find yourself choosing another bound-to-fail diet and begin the soulless cycle over and over again.

 

By abandoning the arbitrary rules of dieting culture and tuning instead back to self, back to curiosity instead of inflexible regulations, you can rediscover that sweet spot or work on finding it for the first time ever.  

 

When we turn back to becoming a dietary detective instead of outsourcing our nutrition to outside experts who don’t know you and your unique story, we become emancipated, expansive, and aware and make decisions from a place of confidence, empowerment and intrinsic knowing instead of from fear that is thrust upon us by marking foods as good or bad.

 

It’s up to you.  

 

You can live in absolutes or you can live with nuance around food.  You can chastise or applaud your every food decision or decide to let all morality and judgement go.  You can obsessively count every calorie, fat gram and carb or you can be curious about them yet still let it not take over your life and every thought.

 

Which will you choose?  

 

If you need help, I’m here to guide you.  Sign up for my Food Story intensives. 

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