Intuitive Eating Principle #6: Discover the satisfaction factor

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In the last post, we talked about learning to feel your fullness. That’s a great skill to have, but we also must remember that fullness and satisfaction are not necessarily the same thing. You can be physically full but not be satisfied for a variety of reasons — you didn’t eat what you were craving, your meal was missing a key component (carbs, fat, or protein), etc.

The satisfaction factor is one of the most powerful regulators of our eating. Ironically, it is the main thing we miss out on when we restrict/diet! Maslow tells us that we are driven by unmet needs. When we deny ourselves what we want, we end up eating more and enjoying less — fighting against our bodies instead of trusting them. This is one of the main reasons the diet mentality just doesn’t work.

When we eat what we truly want and we eat enough to be full, we start to believe we can trust our bodies to lead us to the right foods and the right amounts. As this trust grows, we begin to find that our bodies do an awesome job of self-regulating both amount and type of food we crave. We don’t need to count calories, eliminate food groups, or make other rules. Our bodies just do it for us…and we also get the added benefit of actually enjoying the things we eat. Imagine that!

Here’s a couple steps to help you regain satisfaction in eating…

You might find that it takes less food to make you feel satisfied as you discover what foods taste good and feel good. You also might find on some days that it takes more food for no apparent reason. Both of these are okay! Be nonjudgmental as you build trust with your body, and believe that you were created to be satisfied with what you eat.

To see my next post on principle #7: “honor your emotions without using food,” click here!



Ice cream lover. Dog mom. Registered dietitian. Downtown HTX city dweller.

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Abbie Joy Womack

Ice cream lover. Dog mom. Registered dietitian. Downtown HTX city dweller.