I can vividly remember the first day I heard my internal critic for the first time. I’d learned about the concept in a workshop and later that week, as I stood in front of my bathroom mirror, I heard a voice say, “You’re fat and ugly,” in a nasty, denigrating tone. I was a little shocked that I could be this mean to myself without being more aware.
This profound question gets to the heart of what it means to eat intuitively using mindfulness. Intuitive eating is the practice of using innate hunger and fullness (satiety) cues to guide eating rather than eating or restricting food because of situational or emotional reasons.