Food rule challenge: Having something sweet to end the meal.
After I posted a pizza food rule challenge a couple weeks ago, I got a few requests to post more food rule challenges. I thought it was a great idea, so here we go!
The next challenge I wanted to propose is: Having something sweet to end your meals.
This is personally one of my favorite practices that I frequently do as an intuitive eater. It continues to work so well for my body and my mind. When I was just starting to dip my toes in the intuitive eating world, I started having something sweet to end meals because it helped me think about food so much less. Instead of craving a food and then not allowing myself to have it, this practice encouraged me to ruthlessly eliminate restriction from my life (which is what you have to do in order to become an intuitive eater…#AllFoodsFit #GangsAllHere). I liked that having something sweet to end the meal left me feeling physically full and, just as importantly, mentally satisfied.
Having something sweet afterwards made the meal feel complete and, over time as restriction lessened, allowed my mind to not be obsessively focused on food all day long.
Whether it’s a nice scoop of ice cream, a couple cookies, or a handful of chocolate chips…I think having something sweet to end the meal can be a helpful tool when you are trying to make room for all foods in your life and want food to preoccupy your mind less.