Hunger and fullness cues often feel very elusive to every single one of my clients, and this is a huge source of frustration and confusion.
"How the hell do you expect me to listen to and trust my body if I don't have any clue what it's telling me?"
Fair question. Very fair!
This issue stems from overriding those hunger and fullness cues that you were once so familiar with as a child.
The good news? You absolutely had the ability to understand and listen to those cues at one point in your life, so it's just a matter of removing the diet layers to get back there!
It's possible, I promise.🙌
This is especially true if you have a history of:
Going to extremes with an "all-or-nothing" approach—usually under-eating followed by bingeing
Strictly following regimented eating times & quantities (often happens with tracking macros or following meal plans)
Under-eating consistently—intentionally or unintentionally
Eating a lot of processed foods, which can lead to blood sugar dysregulation
Overeating most of the time.
As you can see, every person BUT a moderate, balanced, & instinctive eater falls into this category.😜
This means that YOU likely need to have some structure before you can fully rely on your hunger and fullness cues. It's very understandable, really, so don't beat yourself up!🙅🏻♀️
This structure often looks like:
Eating every 3-4 hours
Eating mostly unprocessed foods
Balancing your day (or plate) with adequate protein, fat, carbs, and fiber
Sleeping consistently with a routine
Moving regularly while NOT overdoing it with exercise
Managing stress, as it can cause hormones to get pretty whacky, leading to blood sugar issues & appetite changes.
No need to be obsessive about ANY of these, but the more you can consistently implement, the better.
As always, your motivation behind these choices matter more than the actions themselves!💕