Should I Start Intuitive Eating?

If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you know I count macros and Josh Ledbetter (the best macros coach ever!) calculates them for me because I use his app.  I started this lifestyle about 1.5 years ago and am truly in the best shape of my life.  I no longer restrict “bad” foods and am able to practice a balanced approach to eating. Ironically, I feel really free macro counting.  Some people see it as so controlling and strict, but for me it’s the opposite.  The lifestyle allows me to fit on those daily desserts and treats with ZERO guilt.

I’ve gone through various phases with macro counting from fat loss, to a successful reverse diet, and now a mini-cut.  So what’s next for me?  After finishing up this mini-cut, I thought I would go back into a reverse diet to get my calories up again and maintain my weight/figure.  I still might do that, but have also been toying with the idea of trying out intuitive eating.

What is intuitive eating?  Basically it means not macro counting.  Not planning out everything you are going to eat the day before.  Not logging everything in My Fitness Pal.

I’ve gone through spells of intuitive eating before (mainly on vacations), but I always seem to use it as an excuse to go crazy and eat poorly, so it hasn’t worked that well…this time I want to really focus on using what I learned macro counting and see if I can eat intuitively and maintain my weight and achieve overall balance.  I’m a little freaked out because I don’t want to mess up but willing to give it a try.

One of the main reasons I am interested in switching to intuitive eating is because my fiance is back in town (we were long distance for a year) and we eat at home together a lot.  It’s sort of tedious to cook in separate dishes and weigh out all of my food when you are cooking for two.  And even further in the future when we have a family, I know I won’t want to be weighing out every little thing around little kids 😉 .

I think I’ll still use my food scale for certain foods and portions.  For example, peanut butter is SO easy to get confused on portions for.  Same goes with salad dressing.  I might still weigh out those things when I eat them just so I can keep from overindulging, but I won’t log it and plan my day around it.

The plan is to continue this mini-cut (even though I’m really not even losing weight!) and then maybe switch to intuitive eating for a couple of weeks as a trial run the last couple weeks in October.  If it works and I feel good after those two weeks then I will continue, but if I miss macro counting or feel like I am getting a little out of control I might switch back to macros.

Never forget that no matter what exercise routine, diet, or meal plan you are on that this is about YOU and sometimes you have to work through trial and error to find what works best.  AND what worked best in one season of your life may not work in another season 🙂 .  Don’t be afraid to adapt.

What do you think?  Have you switched from macros to intuitive eating?  Tell me your thoughts!

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