INTUITIVE EATING - Part 2 (Because I still feel like there's more I want to clarify):
1️⃣While I don't track my food daily, I still have the goal to eat similarly day to day. Within the same +/- 100 calorie range. OR +/-10g of my target macros. [So for example I don't eat 1800 cals one day and 3000 another. It's still rather consistent day to day.]
2️⃣As I mentioned I eat a pretty high calorie meal out usually 2-3x per month. But it is always planned - not some random binge - and still under control. I'll stick to lighter, low carb/fat meals earlier in the day, and consume 80% of that day's calories in a later meal. I also ensure my weight, training and eating habits are consistent in the days before and after.
3️⃣ I still self police, it's not total YOLO. I'll hop on the scale 2-4x per week (as everyone's weight fluctuates independent of diet habits). And I'll pick 1 random day per week to track to ensure my calories and macro ratios are still around the intended point.
4️⃣I can't maintain a super low weight (i.e. What I looked like at 128) and eat this loosely. So I make the decision to stay at a weight/bodyfat my body CAN hold more easily, as I get to enjoy a bit more food this way. Those with goals to stay leaner or who are still operating on low calories likely will have to be more diligent for a while.
‼️5️⃣ **and this is the most important one* If you have any recent or current history of ED (binge eating, orthorexia, anorexia, etc) this may NOT work for you. In some instances it might act as an enabler to bad habits. Allowing you to stay in denial and perpetuate or ease back into those. So check with your counselor or coach to see what they think works best for your needs.
[I'm sure this part isn't exhaustive either. But between these two posts, I hope I've at least provided some basic info for some of you. 😊]
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