Should I always trust my intuition

You can trust these signs of your intuition - even when eating.

You can trust your intuition. She is your most important guide. You always have it with you. She is on your side. Your well-being comes first for them.

It is the GPS of your soul.

Have you probably heard or read everything before? But how is that supposed to work? And especially:

How exactly is it noticeable?

She communicates with you through feelings or quiet perceptions that you feel very deeply within yourself. Sometimes there are barely perceptible body signals such as a brief tingling sensation, goose bumps or a feeling of pressure. These can all be answers to questions that you may or may not ask yourself.

In any case, they are reactions of your own, very personal truth.

Even so, we often make decisions that put our intuition aside. We follow our fear or the wish not to feel anything anymore, because we then hope to feel better and more secure. In the short term, it often seems to work. In the long term, however, this behavior separates us from our real needs and thus leads to even more stress and dissatisfaction.

But you may have already noticed: Intuition is powerful, it is not easy to get down. She just keeps on sending tirelessly. Often it becomes louder to the extent that we have made ourselves insensitive.

Even if you've ignored her for a long time - she stays by your side.

All you have to do to hear them again is hit the brakes. And listen carefully.

Even if you don't trust anyone else. You can trust your intuition.

1 | A special wish or desire keeps coming up.

Food cravings are impulsive, come and go quickly, and their satisfaction will not satisfy you in the long run. In the end, they often leave behind a stale feeling and also bring feelings of guilt and shame with them.

Short-term satisfaction of dubious needs - one might think.

Usually there are no signs of resilient goals, deep-seated dreams, decisive signposts and a permanent spiritual orientation.

Eating out of boredom, as a reward or when you are tired. All substitute gratifications that need to be stamped out, to get used to, to fight. So that we become healthier, more beautiful, more motivated, more productive - simply better.

So much for the common opinion on the subject.

But what if we fail to hear the actual message behind it? What if it just combats and suppresses the symptom?

Then we postpone this signal or the message that wants to express itself through the desires, in the best case only into the future. To the point where we have a moment of weakness, a cheat day or the nutrition program is over.

If our discipline and control are so great that this doesn't happen, sooner or later it may even make itself felt elsewhere.

In principle, we can trust every signal from our body as an expression of our inner needs.

Of course, eating does not satisfy a real emotional or spiritual need in the long term and is not in itself the solution. But that's behind this signal from your personal GPS.

Your intuition points, so to speak, with the compass needle to a defect that is behind it.

Quiet. Attention. Security. Appreciation. Love.

If you reach for chocolate impulsively in these cases, you have very likely formed an emotional connection. At some point in your life this lack of feeling has been linked to a particular taste or product.

That is the reason for your cravings. Weaning them off and going into rehab won't silence the signals, however.

Listen to the message behind it. Follow your desires to the source.

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2 | You get the first impulses.

Do you know the story of the wrong decisions?

Years ago I sat at the bank to cancel my capital-building benefits. I was about to change employers and the new one didn't offer this option. So I had to take precautions myself.

The friendly bank advisor brought in a young colleague who made the advantages of a new system palatable to me. It all sounded very sensible and safe too.

However, my bank advisor had become very calm in the course of the conversation and something irritated me about the way she asked me at the end if I wanted to do it. I hesitated for a moment, but then I accepted and signed the contract.

You already guessed it: In the end, this contract brought me a four-digit financial loss. Not because the investment was unsafe, but because the bank made money from the fees.

What I had subconsciously noticed in my bank advisor was her remorse. But a mixture of facts, politeness and the desire to finally settle the subject, had steered me in a different direction.

Today I know: I can trust the first impulses, alias, my intuition.

She has answers that I can't get anywhere else. Not even on Google.

But how do you apply that to food? Good question.

The most common occasion is this: You are on your way home or to a date and are thinking - of course - about what you are going to eat. Without knowing exactly what's left in the fridge or what's on the restaurant's menu, a dish pops up in your mind's eye.

When you are at home, however, you just want to get something in your stomach quickly, look what is available and start to eat.

In the restaurant you read the description of the dishes on the menu.

You see the prices, ask the others around, think about healthy and unhealthy, are at times unsure and in the end you order something different than you originally wanted. Mostly a compromise from everything that has gone through your head.

Then you are not satisfied or in the end you are unsatisfied. You try dessert, but it doesn't rip it out either. It only increases your feeling of fullness and thus your feelings of guilt.

What you originally wanted; maybe needed, you didn't get it. What that was was in the first impulse that you felt spontaneously from within - without any external influence.

3 | The fine inner voice.

It mostly happens during a meal. You eat and it tastes really good or you don't, that doesn't really matter in that case.

At some point, long before you can perceive a feeling of fullness, your stomach starts to squeeze, your pants pinch or you feel nauseous, there is this little moment.

To me it feels like a fine voice. And yet again not, it is like the breath of a feeling.

When you perceive it, it is a sign that intuitive eating is starting to work.

She almost whispers: full.
After a while again: done.
And then something like: now.

You have to listen carefully and, above all, feel. You only notice it when you are (s) mindful and when you are not in the middle of an eating pattern that pushes the satisfaction of a more urgent need at high pressure.

I have these three little impulses. Then there is rest.

I keep my free will. It's just an offer. That doesn't mean that I always stop then. I often do that. Sometimes, however, I only stop when I can physically feel my saturation. And sometimes I eat too much too.

Happens. I am not perfect. And that's ok.

But I know how the inner voice speaks to me. I perceive it and that is important. I would also like to thank you for pointing this out. Because it is a sign that I feel myself.

Perceiving this inner impulse does not mean that you have to stop immediately.

It's a process. And it can take a while before you can implement it for the first time.

If you then have the experience of not missing or missing anything, in the best case even feeling better than usual after eating, it will be easier the next time.

You start to trust your inner voice and with it yourself.

It may be that this voice makes itself noticeable in a completely different way. Find out how.

Do you feel like you are getting no signs?

That is relatively unlikely. Or let's say: you would be an extreme exception.

So rather not :-).

Your intuition communicates with you through feelings. So each of your feelings is a sign. For that you need something. That something is good for you or not.

The reason you think you are not getting any signals is probably because you are not there.

Not in your body.

With the attention elsewhere, or shall we say with other people. You know what they need and you feel, but you hear and feel away from yourself.

This strengthens your autopilot and thus your eating patterns. They get a free run and you leave the field to them.

You no longer really notice what is actually happening when you eat. Your inner automatisms are too strong and you cannot stop them.

In my guide to intuitive eating, you can find out which imprints from your past and emotional patterns can mask your intuition when eating:

A good connection to yourself is the prerequisite to be able to clearly perceive your inner impulses and to trust your intuition over time.

So plan time for yourself in your daily routine, come to rest and become still. Any activities that support this will help you with this.

And be open to what's coming. First take everything and don't judge it.

You don't have to justify your feelings or compare them to other people's feelings. Try not to explain or defend them in the first step either. Not even in front of yourself. Just be aware of it.

It is your own truth. You can feel what feels right for you.

Your intuition is always active and sometimes stubborn. But she is always loving and friendly. This is where it differs from your inner critic. She is neither resentful nor punished if you have not listened to her. You can always decide whether to listen to them or choose another path.

Sometimes your mind finds it illogical or incomprehensible. The more often you clarify what your first impulse was or in which cases your feeling was actually correct, the more trust you will get in your personal GPS.

Slow down and focus your attention inward. Listen to what your intuition has to say - it's on your side.

What is your own experience? How does YOUR intuition speak to you?