Intuitive Eating, Intermittent Fasting, and Wine

Did I lure you in with the title? I’ll start with the wine.

Sunday on the way home I finally got Austin to stop at many of the wineries in the Finger Lakes of NY that we pass by every time we drive through yet never stop. It makes me sad. So I changed that Sunday.

First stop: Fox Run Winery in Geneva, NY.

It was beautiful- but looks can be deceiving. It was a mere 45 degrees that day…..the flowers were beautiful though.

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That’s Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes of NY. Here’s a map if you’re unsure where that is:

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(Taken from Wikipedia)

There are over 100 wineries in this region. Riesling, my favorite white wine, is becoming a specialty of this region.

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We tasted five wines there and ended up going with a Dry Riesling, which had a peachy, citrus-y zing at the end. Can’t wait to break into it.

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Then we went to a winery  on Keuka Lake. I personally haven’t been to any on that lake so I was excited. It was called Keuka Springs.

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Beautiful Views of Keuka Lake.

Again, we tasted about fine wines. I went with a Riesling/Vidal blend called Celebrate. When it comes to wines, I generally enjoy white wine that is JUST in the middle- not too sweet and not too dry. I’ve tried to dapple in reds but I haven’t really found one I like. It’s funny because I used to like really really sweet wines and I think my taste buds evolved because now I can’t have more than a couple sips of the sweet stuff.

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Well that’s all for wine. I wanted to get some bloggers’ opinions on two topics I’ve been looking at on other blogs and researching. One being this thing called intuitive eating. In a nutshell- it’s eating when/what you feel like. Not according to some schedule, not according to what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’- just eating. Sounds easy. Not for me. Over the past year and a half I have developed what I call ‘abnormal eating’. For awhile I had a strict schedule where I ate every three hours…etc. I’m not concerned about what I eat so much as my constant worrying and obsessing over what I eat. I don’t want to be this way. I want to JUST EAT! To eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. WHY is it so hard?? It’s something I’m struggling with and trying to research if trying intuitive eating is right for me. On the other hand I don’t want to go crazy and just eat whatever I want all the time because I want to maintain my weight…but is that already too much thinking??? See???!??! Ugh!

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I generally eat healthy dinners like this- green beans and burgers with acorn squash patties.

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Sometimes I have one of these if I feel like it…..

I want my body to recognize when it is hungry and when it is full. So I can stop obsessing and then eating too much on ‘cheat’ days and feeling guilty about it. I was looking up different ways to reset hunger cues and I came across intermittent fasting. This is basically when you fast for a long period of time and then have an ‘eating window’ in which you eat the same number of calories as you would if you ate all day. Not sure the logistics behind it but it came up as a way to reset our bodies’ natural hunger cues. For example many follow the 16/8 rule. Fast for 16 hours then have an 8 hour eating period. So if the last thing you ate was at 8 PM, you wouldn’t eat again until 12 pm the next day.

For me, all this means is skipping breakfast. Sounds easy enough….

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Lettuce cups for dinner!!

Except when I skip breakfast I turn in to an angry beast and shove my face when I get home. So it might not be the best solution for me long term. I don’t know how people do it. Besides- I love breakfast!

Anyway, all this research isn’t doing much for my goal of putting less of an emphasis on food and not over thinking it. For now I’m just going with the flow and trying to eat clean. I’ll have to read more into it to figure out what to do, I was just hoping for your thoughts on either topic and wanted to get other blogger advice?

Do you constantly stress and worry about food?

Have you heard of either Intuitive Eating or Intermittent Fasting? What are your thoughts?

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13 thoughts on “Intuitive Eating, Intermittent Fasting, and Wine

  1. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    I worry that with Intuitive Eating I would do exactly what you said too. I don’t know that I can be that in tune with my body to know when I’m full or want to stop as usually I need to tell myself to have an off switch to stop eating rather than being able to know when I should as I’m one of those people that I could be full but I could always eat again!

    I watched a documentary on Intermittent Fasting and there are actually a few different kinds, one is what you said and I’ve heard various good and bad things about it. Then there is the fasting for 3 days once a month (which would be really really hard). Then there is another one which is what this documentary presenter was able to sustain where for 2 days a week you eat no more than 600 calories and then for the other 5 days you eat what you like.

    1. Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes

      Eek that sounds scary and not fun. I just don’t wanna over think it. I need to go on some sort of fast or diet before my wedding. I think I will be able to stick to it because I know it’s temporary

      1. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

        One of my friends did the 8 hour thing and found that 10am or 11am till 6pm or 7pm worked a lot better for her as it was that bit earlier, so that may be an idea too?

        I agree though don’t overthink it 😉

  2. Her Happy Balance

    I’ve heard of intuitive eating and I like the concept for the most part, but haven’t read about intermittent fasting before. I don’t constantly stress about food, but I do feel occasional guilt and try not to overdue it. All in moderation, including moderation.

  3. Eating 4 Balance

    I agree– it’s so hard to stop when you’re full and eat only when you’re hungry. I think the concept of intermittent fasting is great in that it gives your stomach a break. But I personally think it would be better to just have a small breakfast. I get super hangry when skipping meals and then will overeat later. Not really sustainable.

  4. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    Intuitive eating is the dream, right? I can only imagine how much more time/energy I would have if I didn’t stress over eating. I had some abnormal/disordered eating issues in my past, too, so I am very, very far from being able to eat intuitively. Whenever I stop paying attention to my food choices, I find myself naturally gravitating towards cookies/muffins/etc and less towards veggies/whole grains.

    I have read a little about IF, especially for people who are strength training and trying to cut a lot of weight or make a lot of gains. For me, I think IF would exacerbate my food obsession, instead of alleviating it. Going without eating for 16 hours sounds kind of miserable…and cramming a day’s worth of calories into 8 hours sounds kind of miserable, too.

    Best of luck learning what works for you! There are many books/resources available to help you out 🙂

  5. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen

    I’ve actually done a 24 hour fast and have tried not the intermittent fasting and I didn’t like either. I don’t think these are the best things to do if you’re a foodie because you just think about how much you want food when you can’t have it, ya know? The intermitten fasting thing may work for some people, but for me, I felt way too full and uncomfortable after consuming a ton of calories in one sitting. My goal right now is to train my brain to not obsess. I think it all starts in our minds so if we can learn to control our thoughts, we can jump on board with healthier eating. I try and remind myself how hard it is for some people to just workout. If we can make ourselves workout, we can make ourselves eat to live!

    1. Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes

      I agree…. I think the more I tell myself I can’t eat the more I wanna eat! I was so much happier when I could work out, but unfortunately due to injury I can’t really work out as hard as I’d like to. That’s where all my anxiety is stemming from. It’s good to know there are so many others that have the same anxiety and support me!

  6. Holly J

    I’m a fan of intuitive eating, especially if someone is working through disordered eating or an eating disorder. I use it along with a loose eating schedule. I try to eat 2-3 meals a day, but if a day goes by and I really don’t feel like it I won’t force myself. I also still encourage myself to eat healthier food. I think the more balanced nutritionally your diet is the less likely you’ll crave junk.

  7. NDBalances

    i’m always worrying about food — the guilt associated when i eat too much, the dizziness i experience when i eat too little… food’s the reason i just made a blog 😛 for whatever it’s worth, your dinners look delicious! 🙂

  8. Diane @ Life of Di.

    Are you still struggling with your eating mentality? I can totally relate to feeling like this. I just want to eat like ‘normal’ people. Why must it be such a science project?! UGH. If you have overcome this mindset…any tips to share?
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