Eat intuitively

Eat intuitively

 

Since its 2016 I feel like it’s the time to make changes. One of my New Years resolutions is to be more experimental with foods. Often when we start eating healthily we cut out everything and eat a more limited diet of kale, quinoa, nuts etc.. however these foods might not work for you. If quinoa bloats you then don’t eat it, it might not be right for your body.

This goes to same with cutting out foods like rice, bread, dairy and meat. They have all been given bad press but if you get the right quality and it feels good for your body – well then it’s right for you. They are whole foods that can be very nourishing.

So how do you know what works for you?

Experiment. Cut the culprit out for 2 weeks see how you feel then introduce it back in if you don’t get any kind of reaction then it’s probably fine. It’s best to keep as many different types of food in your diet. The more you cut out of your diet the more sensitive you can become to food.

I’m trying to bring in more grains including gluten containing grains like rye and spelt. I have always promoted gluten free and I really do feel that it helps with digestion and can cause problems for many people. However I’ve been experimenting with adding them in my diet once or twice a week and I feel great and it seems to really be working for me!

I hope this inspires you to experiment with what works for you.

Have you been experimenting with what foods work for you? Comment below I’d love to hear your experiences…

18 comments

  • Georgia Mai Bradley

    Your blog is absolutely amazing Madeleine! Everything you promote and give advice on whether it be about food, meditation, remedies for de-stressing, you’re amazing at what you do and I hope you realise that :) I’ve been battling an eating disorder for some time now and I feel like I’m a lot better but I’m not 100% yet unfortunately. However blogs like yours make me think food isn’t something we should be afraid of. I think I’m just worried about portioning so like how much porridge to have in a morning and a good lunch to have on a budget, I usually stick to one protein and one vegetable but I don’t think that’s very good ?? Then for tea I’m a lot better I have protein, veg and usually rice but I want some new ideas on what to have like should I cram in more veggies or more protein and less carbs or what ?? And should I start adding things to my morning porridge ?? I really don’t know what’s good for me y’know! Sorry about the essay but the food you eat and cook just looks amazing! Your porridge recipes are literally the best meals I’ve ever seen!!! You should open a porridge restaurant, I’d be so happy!! Scratch that, you should open a restaurant!

    PS sorry about the essay haha!

  • Eliza L

    This is the best post Madeline has posted. I am struggling in recovery from anorexia and having people all over the internet telling you not to eat this or that when you need to drink milk and eat carbs is tricky. Thank you for being human and thoughtful in this article. Lets fuel our bodies the right way!!
    I love your website and mantra! X

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hello beautiful! I’m so glad you found this helpful, yes crowd in don’t push out! Stay strong beautiful xx

    • Eliza L

      Thank you Madeline for replying to this. It has made my day! X

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you for commenting!! xx

    • Lydia

      Couldn’t agree with you more Eliza! Keep going with the battle, it’s do-able and so so worth it (I’m now fully recovered, and never ever thought I would be able to say that!) Life is so amazing and exciting, and is so much more than what you do and don’t eat. Take care, L X

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hello gorgeous! Go you, that’s so amazing! Lots of love xx

    • Eliza L

      Thank you so much Lydia, really kind of you to comment. And inspiring to hear that it can be done! You and Madeline are both so right, life is to be lived not counted, weighed or avoided. Love Eliza :)

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Lots of love Eliza xx

    • Georgia Mai Bradley

      Hope you’re feeling a lot more recovered since you wrote this post. I struggled with my eating habits for a long time but food is fuel and amazing blogs like Madeleine’s which as she says should inspire you to cram food in (for nutrition and for the sake of your health) rather than cutting food out and enjoying food, not worrying about it :) stay strong x

  • Natasha

    These are really good aims! I’ve been reading your book recently and getting lots of inspiration – I’ve even decided to set up my own blog to write about my journey with healthy eating!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      That’s amazing, so exciting that you are setting up your blog. You’ll have to share it with me xx

  • Charlotte

    I found swapping my lunch and dinner to have a heavier meal in the middle of the day and a lighter meal at night I have a lot more energy. Plus eating a lighter meal at night means I’m less likely to go into a food coma and fall asleep :). I’ve also been eating a little more gluten here and there and I’m really enjoying a good german rye bread without bloating! Love your book so much – my copy of Ready Steady Glow came yesterday (!!), can’t wait to pick it up from my parents this weekend :).

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hello beautiful that sounds great whatever works best for you gorgeous body! Thanks so much remember to tag and share your creations with me using #readysteadyglow I love seeing your creations xx

  • Madeleine

    Since i started a low carb diet 2 years ago , cut out all gluten , all dairy ,also nuts for a while as well but now a lot of different things really bloat me .. Maybe i got carried away thinking that gluten is the devil and made myself believe i have a gluten intolerance , I don’t know haha! But maybe i will try to incorporate some grains again , thank you for the inspiration! :-)

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hello lovely, I have reintroduced grains and found them fine but just slowly reintroduce ingredients and see how you feel. Also I eat a lot of fermented and gut healing foods such as miso, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar and spices such as tumeric and fresh ginger. I hope that helps xx

    • Madeleine

      Thanks for the tips !! :-)

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you!! xx

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