I know, I know. You’ve been patiently waiting on my dark chocolate oatmeal recipe over there. Well, I finally got my act together and here she is!
This is by far my favorite oatmeal recipe and I’m so excited to share it with you!. I mean dark chocolate oatmeal for breakfast, COME ONNNNNN.
Speaking of dark chocolate oatmeal, I haven’t been munching on my nightly dark chocolate squares. And you know this has been my snack right before bed, THAT I DO NOT SKIP OUT ON.
So why the sudden change?? Well, I haven’t really been craving it…
I hear you over there! You’re thinking, ‘hmmm, this girl must have lost her damn mind.’ Yup, before about a month ago I’d totally agree with you.
But, there’s a good reason! For the last month or so I’ve been eating intuitively. I didn’t even know intuitive eating was a thing until my other half, love of my life, level 2 head coach, master of all things, professor of life, Danny, introduced me to the concept. It’s been challenging, but also incredibly fulfilling on so many levels.
Let me tell you a little about my intuitive eating journey over the last month…
The concept of eating intuitively is to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. I know. You’re thinking, ‘sign me the hell up’. But, hold up a sec.
Eating intuitively requires being very in tune with your body and when you are fueling it you’re fueling it with HEALTHY foods. Now some peoples idea of healthy food is VERY different than what I know healthy food to be. So let me define healthy food for you…
- Whole fruits and vegetables
- Lean protein sources (meats, fish, eggs)
- Healthy fats (nuts, seed, healthy oils)
No processed foods (things in boxes, bags, packages). NO REFINED SUGAR.
Granted, there are plenty of clean food options that do come in a package, but if you’re a noob it’s best to stick with the basics. Until you get the hang of things and know how to read labels well.
I’ve been loving intuitive eating so far and how it has drastically changed my relationship with food. I don’t look at food anymore and categorize things into good foods (vegetables or lean meats) and bad foods (fats or carbohydrates).
What I love most about intuitive eating is that I’m not weighing and measuring and counting macros. GOOD GRIEF!!!!! I did that for over a year and not only is it exhausting but it’s downright stressful!! You can get SO nitpicky, detailed and obsessed with counting macros that, to me, it can be considered an eating disorder itself.
I’m also super happy to report that I haven’t stepped on the scale in over a month! When I was doing Working Against Gravity’s program it required me to weigh myself every morning. It became so routine that I even continued after stopping the program.
Weighing myself every morning made me feel some SERIOUS GUILT when I fell off my macros the day before. As I tried to wean myself off of counting strict macros, I naturally putting weight back on. I found myself number shaming whenever I stepped foot on the scale. Feeling guilt for ‘overeating’.
Seeing numbers on the scale go up and not liking what I saw in the mirror was the perfect recipe for self-hate. Sound familiar??
Not stepping on the scale was definitely a huge challenge for me at first. But, I’ve found that it’s ESSENTIAL when eating intuitively.
If you’re not happy with the number you see on the scale it will likely affect what you choose to eat that day in addition to how much. If I didn’t like the number I saw, I would be hyper-aware of what I would eat. Often withholding food or certain food groups when my body needed it!
Perfect storm for food cravings. Like the dark chocolate and almond butter that I NEEDED to have every night or I would be a damn monster. Not good!
With eating intuitively, I’m giving my body food when it wants food. Not when society tells me I should be eating or what society thinks the average female should be eating.
What was most challenging for me was seeing and feeling my body’s initial response, which was holding onto water weight for the first two weeks. I tried not to overthink it and just let my body readjust knowing it usually takes me about two weeks to adjust to any sort of changes. I recognized this while doing Working Against Gravity where my intake was very controlled.
Other challenges that I faced initially were eating past being satisfied. Most likely because I wasn’t used to listening to my body and didn’t know what ‘satisfied’ felt like. I was used to eating the amount of food that was in front of me or the number of macros that I was supposed to be eating.
Additionally, breaking the timing of meals was hard. If my body isn’t hungry at noon, when society typically has lunch, then I’m not eating at noon. I might be having lunch around 2 or 3. But I’m not forcing myself to eat just because society has taught me that it’s mealtime.
Another struggle I had was being ok with going 15+ hours without a meal. If breakfast time rolls around and my body isn’t telling me I’m hungry, I’m going to wait until it does.
For example, if I have dinner the night before around 6pm and I’m up at 4am for the gym, but not hungry, I’m not going to eat until my body is asking for food. Sometimes that might mean I won’t eat breakfast until 9 or 10am. Which means I might not eat for 15+ hours.
Some might call this fasting, but I call this listening to my body. I was always under the impression that it was important to eat within 30 minutes of waking to kickstart your metabolism or not go more than 8 hours between meals. But giving your body fuel when it doesn’t need it is not listening to your body and a good way to put on unnecessary weight.
I’m only a month into intuitive eating so I’m no expert and I’m only going off of what I think is working for me. But I will definitely be reading more and learning more along the way and will report back to you!
But now for some dark chocolate oatmeal!!…