A healthy start: Intuitive Eating with Gillian McCollum

How much time do you think you spend thinking about food? Or how much you've eaten? Or what you want to eat, but don't think you should? Or what you're going to eat to feel better? Or look better? Or what your body looks like? Or how you wish your body would look?

I think it's fair to say that for a lot of people, and especially women, questions like these take up an awful lot of brain space, energy and time.

In August 2019, we had the first event in a series called A healthy start. Health is a holistic subject, and impacts so much on how we perform at work, our self confidence, energy levels and so much more. And, therefore, is a huge part of helping us to reach our potential.

At the event we had a fascinating talk from Intuitive Eating and Body Positivity Health Coach Gillian McCollum. Gillian asked us what else we think we could achieve in our personal and professional life if we didn't have this pre-occupation around food and body image running through our brain quite so much. She had some fascinating stats to share with us:

  • 90% of women have tried a diet.

  • We spend an average of 17 years of our life dieting.

  • And, get this, on average we have 13 negative thoughts about ourselves a day.

And yet, despite all this effort going into dieting, in general, diets only have about a 2%-5% success rate. That means more than 95% of dieters either don't reach their desired weight (or shape or size), or return to their pre-diet shape. What else do you do in life that has a 95% failure rate? Not much, huh?

Ok, so what's the alternative? Gillian is a huge body positivity activist, and so, much of her work centres around self-love, and self-care. Try and create a mind-body connection. Use how your body feels to determine what it needs, and act accordingly.

If you're hangry, you've missed all your bodies previous hunger indicators. These differ from person to person but include headaches, dehydration, irritability, low energy and a lack of concentration. But if you do get to this point, try to go for nutrient-dense foods, rather than energy-dense foods that are likely to lead to a crash later in the day.

If you'd like to know more about intuitive eating, get in touch with Gillian for a free consultation. You can also join her Facebook Group to help start your journey towards a more healthy relationship with food.