• Monique Jephcote

Would you ignore your bladder?









No, of course not. Next time you feel hunger followed by a thought that that’s wrong or that you that you should ignore it, please don’t. Next time you feel hunger, EAT.

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Just as you wouldn’t ignore your bladder telling you it’s time to pee & try to ‘hold off’ for as long as you can because of ‘willpower’, or because you know you’re going to a fancy toilet to do a ‘big pee later’, let’s stop ignoring the hormonal cue of hunger, grehlin, to build trust back & re-connect to the biological signal of hunger.

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Remember there are so many ways in which our bodies signal hunger. When I ask people “how do you feel hunger?”, many are not sure as they’ve never really connected with it in any capacity beyond the typical response “my stomach grumbles”. Everyone is different, but for me, the stomach grumbling is one of the last signs of hunger. Other ways in which we can feel hunger: feeling tired, increased thoughts about food, difficulty thinking / concentrating, fogginess, headaches, shakiness, abdominal pain + more (getting toward the more extreme end as these examples go on). Start to get curious about the various ways in which your body signals hunger, as well as what that feels like at various points on the ‘hunger fullness scale’.

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There is a difference between what the mind tells you regarding hunger (or any cue) & what the direct experience is within the present body. Intuitive Eating is about re-connecting you back with the direct experience of the present body. This can be hard to do when diet culture or an externally created rule is narking in your ear that you shouldn’t be feeling hunger because of XYZ. You are feeling what you are feeling - honour it. Trust your body.

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If this is particularly hard for you, it might be time to talk to someone who can offer guidance & support. It’s not easy breaking cycles & unhelpful belief patterns but it sure is worth it.

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*Note that as a result of restriction / certain conditions, appetite cues can be de-regulated. Please work with an appropriately trained health professional on this & re-regulating these cues before trusting them. For example, hunger cues can switch off in restriction as a way for the body to conserve energy when insufficient energy is coming in. Additionally, fullness can come on prematurely if a gut is not functioning optimally from under nutrition / restriction. It’s not appropriate to trust these cues to get adequate nutrition as these cues are de-regulated. This needs to be worked on first and foremost.

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