Intuitive Eating

I’m thinking about Intuitive Eating this morning. Many people, including myself when I first heard the term, thought it meant breaking every diet/healthy eating plan rule and stuffing your face with cake, candy, donuts, a bottle of wine or any other food or drink that you’ve been denying yourself for years. So, that may happen at the beginning, especially if you’ve been strictly limiting the food you eat (low carb, low fat etc.) for a while. But, the beautiful thing about intuitive eating is that, once you’ve let go of all of your eating restrictions, once you’ve let go of believing an outside force knows your body better than you do, something magical happens. You start to listen to your body and really allow yourself to sink into and feel your body. And that’s when your intuition will kick in. When your intuition kicks in, you are able to receive signals from your body regarding what it needs to nourish itself. Sometimes that may be a grilled cheese sandwich with pickles and lots of ketchup and other times that may be a fresh, crisp green salad like the one in this photo. It can feel scary to trust yourself and your body’s signals, especially after many years of diet doctors telling us that we shouldn’t. But, if you can move past the fear and the initial craving of everything you’ve been denying yourself, there is a beautiful place of self-awareness and self-love waiting for you.

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Smoothies & Azaleas

To continue on from my last, blossom filled blog post, I’m currently a little obsessed with azaleas.

The obsession started when I moved to Vancouver. Azaleas just don’t grow back in Ontario the way we they do on the west coast so I had never been up close to their exuberant, colour saturated beauty before. One of my favourite things in the spring is finding a “wall” of azaleas in my neighbourhood.

Looking at these lush flowers reminds me of the famous Robin Williams quote: “Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!”

And in keeping with the pink, flowery theme, here is a yummy pink smoothie to enjoy under the azaleas:

Berry Smoothie

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend together and pour.