Try not to think of intuitive eating as the absence of tracking calories. Because simply not counting calories doesn’t automatically mean you’re eating intuitively.
Eating intuitively is about trusting yourself to meet your body’s needs. That includes understanding how much you eat, the types of foods you eat, and why you’re eating them.
You have to let the calorie counting go in order to work through these struggles with your relationship with food. Otherwise, it’s like trying to learn how to swim wearing a life preserver. It feels like you’re swimming, but in reality, the life preserver (calorie counting) is keeping you anchored to distrust and preventing you from seeing what needs to be worked on.
Will you overeat? Maybe. Will you eat foods you normally wouldn’t? Probably.
But you have to have these experiences in order determine what’s best for you. It’s from these experiences that you create healthy boundaries around food that are based on your own needs and goals instead of diet culture’s one-size-fits-all food rules and arbitrary calorie budgets.
I can promise you this – your eating struggles have nothing to do with calories, how many you need, or whether you track them or not.
I could tell you to eat xxxx amount of calories for the next 6 months and your body will look dramatically different (if you could follow that advice). But there’s a good chance you can’t, and figuring out why that is will be your biggest breakthrough.
And eating intuitively? That’s the process that’ll get you there.