How come “Intuitive Eating” and “Listening to our body” for what and when we should eat can fail us?

Our human bodies have evolved over millions of years to respond in a certain way to foods that are rare, or difficult to come by.  When we hunted and gathered, sourcing meat to eat was a risky business that expended vast amounts of our energy hunting.  It is little wonder we now find ourselves craving meat and other rich, fatty foods as though they are still a scarce commodity.

Take fruit too – fruit use to be one of the quickest ways of getting a lot of quick sugar that boosted our energy and allowed us to be productive quickly.  And fruits themselves evolved to look and taste delicious to tempt us, so that they could spread their seeds through us when we poohed them out again onto the earth. 

But fruit was seasonal, and through the colder months it wasn’t around.  No wonder we’ve evolved bodies that tend to want to grab as much sugary delicious sweetness while we still can.

The food industry is well aware of these ancient preferences we have, that were once so tied to our survival.  They capitalise on our natural tendencies by creating sugary and fatty foods that give us the hit we have long been geared to seek – the hit that makes us feel safe we’re going to survive a bit longer. 

The foods achieve this temporary high while offering us little or none of the lasting nourishment that once led our cave-ancestors to feel satisfied.  Food companies are mostly aimed at profiting through encouraging us to eat as much as possible of food that keeps us wanting – and buying – more.  As a human family, so many of us now find ourselves both over-eating, and nutritionally starving.

With all that in mind, it can be tough to expect ourselves to know what our bodies truly need, just through our intuition, or ‘listening’.  We can be up against a combination of very sophisticated (and even manipulative) commercial food marketing, and millions of years of predisposition towards foods that were never available in excess back then.

Through the Food Freedom 3 month program, we are supported and guided to finally find ways to have calmness and choice, even in the midst of our strongest food cravings.  The whole thing can finally slow down, so that we are no longer under the control of our either our own ancient histories, or commercial food manufacturer’s pocket-motives.

This is an embodied journey, one where we learn to trust ourselves again, listen to our feelings, and finally find the place inside ourselves we can trust – a place we all have in abundance.

To find out more about the 3 month program, click on this link, or get in touch with me directly.

Warmest wishes,

 Naomi Nygaard