Here’s the last part of my interview with nutritionist Michelle Allison, who blogs at The Fat Nutritionist.
Below, Allison shares how readers can reconnect to their hunger and fullness signals, the importance of enjoying food for nourishing yourself and much more.
Q: After yo-yo dieting or engaging in disordered eating, many people lose sight of their satiety and hunger cues. What’s a helpful way for individuals to reconnect to these signals?
A: As I said before, having regular meals at regular times can help with this. Trying to start off by deciding “I’ll just eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full” can be difficult for some people, because what if you don’t know what hunger and fullness feel like? I didn’t.
Instead, deciding “I’m going to have a real breakfast, a real lunch, and a real dinner” for a while, even taking a single bite of something if you don’t think you’re hungry, can help to reconnect you with those feelings and even stimulate them to be stronger.