Count kilojoules, always eat breakfast, don’t eat carbs after 6pm.Whether it’s public health advice or conflicting opinions in the media about nutrition, we hear a lot of messages about what and how we should eat. But there’s one message that needs to be louder, says Gabriella Heruc, an Adelaide based Accredited Practising Dietitian – listen to your body’s hunger signals.
According to Heruc, who specialises in eating disorders and disordered eating, tuning into your body’s inner appetite signals is more useful than observing external food ‘rules.’
“People often get fixated on counting kilojoules, for instance, but learning to count kilojoules doesn’t teach you to listen to your body,” she says. “One characteristic of people who have a healthy relationship with food is that they eat more intuitively and are more aware of their appetite. They rely on internal hunger and satiety cues to know when it’s time to eat and when it’s time to stop – and their reasons for eating are physical, not emotional.”
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