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Honoring Your Hunger: A Key Principle of Intuitive Eating

Let’s learn how to honor our bodies, honor our hunger, and honor ourselves.

In our fast-paced world filled with fad diets and food rules, it’s easy to lose touch with our body’s hunger cues. Intuitive eating Principle 2 reminds us of the importance of honoring our hunger—a fundamental aspect of nourishing our bodies and cultivating a positive relationship with food.

Honoring your hunger means that you are tuning into your body’s signals and responding to them with kindness and respect. It’s about recognizing hunger as a normal and essential part of being human, and giving yourself permission to eat when your body tells you it needs fuel.

Here are a few ways to honor your hunger and embrace intuitive eating Principle 2:

  1. Check In Regularly:

Throughout the day, take a moment to check in with yourself and assess your hunger levels. Notice any physical sensations such as stomach growling, lightheadedness, or fatigue, as well as any emotional cues that may indicate hunger.

2. Eat Regularly: Aim to eat regular meals and snacks throughout the day to maintain steady energy levels and prevent excessive hunger. Skipping meals or going too long without eating can lead to intense hunger and overeating later on.

3. Eat Mindfully: When you do eat, practice mindfulness by paying attention to the sensory experience of eating—savoring the flavors, textures, and aromas of your food. Eating slowly and mindfully can help you better tune into your body’s hunger and fullness cues.

4. Choose Nourishing Foods: Honor your hunger by choosing foods that satisfy both your physical and emotional needs. Aim for a balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) and incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your meals and snacks.

5. Give Yourself Permission: Release any guilt or shame around eating and give yourself unconditional permission to eat when you’re hungry. Remember that all foods can fit into a balanced diet, and there are no “good” or “bad” foods—only choices that nourish and satisfy you.

By honoring your hunger and listening to your body’s signals, you can begin to rebuild trust with yourself and cultivate a more intuitive and joyful relationship with food.

Your body knows what it needs, and it’s okay to give yourself permission to nourish and care for it.

So the next time you feel hunger pangs or cravings, embrace them as a natural and essential part of your body’s wisdom. Honor your hunger, honor yourself, and trust that you are worthy of nourishment and satisfaction.

Be well,


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