Intuitive Eating and Easter

Intuitive Eating and Easter

14 April 2022 | Written by Xenia Ayiotis

Filed Under: Holiday Eating

Easter comes with the start of Autumn for us in the southern hemisphere. It’s an opportunity to pause, rest and have a break. When it comes to eating during the holidays, it’s normal to eat more when we are out of our daily routine and of course Easter comes with delicious treats like chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns. In the Greek tradition we have a delicious brioche type cake.

Holiday eating can be stressful for people because we are out of our routine and so many activities revolve around food. There are ways to take the stress out of holiday eating and one of the best ways is to let go of restrictions, perfection and the desire for weight loss which really is at the base of most dysfunctional eating.

Here are a few tips to guide you and a mindful eating practice.

Allow yourself to eat what you want

The moment we say we can’t have something, we want it even more! Saying no to your favourite treats leads to feeling of deprivation and restriction and that often leads to overeating. So give yourself permission to have what you want and enjoy the special treats. Restriction doesn’t work.

Let go of guilt and judgement around food

Judgement and guilt make us feel bad and shameful and there is nothing shameful about eating chocolate for goodness sake! It’s one of life’s pleasures!

When eating, just eat (see practice below). Eat with your full awareness and attention. If you are eating chocolate easter eggs on the go there is no end to how many you could eat. Remove distractions and eat with all your senses.

Enjoy the break

It’s not about the food but it’s also not not about the food. Use the long weekend to rest and relax, connect with family and friends, and have fun! Enjoy the food and enjoy the company – don’t make it only about the food.

Eating a chocolate Easter egg mindfully:

  1. Get ready to eat your Easter egg. Find a comfortable place to sit.
  2. Take a few breaths become aware of how your body feels, your thoughts and your feelings. Are you feeling excited or anticipation to eat the chocolate. Notice the desire for the chocolate.
  3. Break a piece of the chocolate – noticing the sound, the feel of the smooth chocolate in your hand, the crinkle of the foil.
  4. Lift the chocolate to your nose and smell it. Notice the sweet, chocolaty aroma – do you find it pleasant – too sweet perhaps? Simply notice with curiosity.
  5. Put a piece of chocolate in your mouth. Become aware of the texture and the taste. Notice how it melts. If your mind wanders to the next bite, gently bring it back to the bite in your mouth.
  6. Notice the changes in the textures and tastes as the chocolate melts. Notice the lingering tastes in your mouth. How is the experience?
  7. Take another bite and repeat until you have had enough.
  8. Remember there will be plenty more opportunities to eat chocolate.

This Easter…..

May you be blessed
May you be safe
May you be happy
May you be peaceful

Love
Xen

✨ Do you want to stop overthinking food? Book a free 30–minute mini session and let’s talk!

“From our first meeting - two faces on Zoom across the world from each other, there was a sense of familiarity and comfort that was a healing balm for a lifetime of food struggles and dieting. Without realizing how much damage I had done to myself by adhering, for decades, to restrictive food plans and rigid diet programs, Xen had a way of redirecting the harsh and negative self-talk and sending me forth each week with compassion, mindfulness and a new way of seeing myself in the here and now. Gone are the maybe somedays, and if-only, and when-I’m-smaller thinking. Now I am committed to the imperfect and rocky path to listening to my body, accepting my perfect imperfections, and rejecting diet mentality. Those negative voices will revisit me from time to time, I know, but Xen has offered valuable tools for meeting each day as a fresh start - another choice, another chance. Her devotion to this work and her belief in her clients is a remarkable gift; I am so fortunate to have found her. It is never too late to let go of the drama and embrace joy, ease and self-acceptance.”

Karen L, Denver, USA

“I felt hopeless and helpless in my daily struggle with mindless eating for many years. Then I found Xen which is exactly what I needed! My decision to work with her helped me to finally repair my relationship with food. It's changing my life for the better, one day at a time. Now I have control over the food, instead of it having control over me, which is the way it should be. I highly recommend Xen to anyone who has a desire to overcome similar food struggles. Xen, thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

Karen J, Colorado, USA

“I reached out to Xenia because 2021 started on a tumultuous note for me. Between deaths, businesses suffering, hospitalizations, and job losses in our personal circle, I felt depleted and found myself being available for everyone but myself. Then I was hit with an unexpected health diagnosis, which was the last straw as it meant giving up “healthy foods” and workouts that I leaned on for my well-being and stability. Despite working in wellness (Yes, coaches and healers are vulnerable too!), I found myself reaching out to desserts for comfort. I like to live a life of permissions (not labels or deprivation leading to bingeing), so I wanted to work with someone who approached healing from a place of mindful compassion. I didn’t want to be my own client. Xenia was great in reminding me to be kind to myself. Working with her, brought me peace and helped shift my mindset. I love how desserts and I look at each other now.”

Sweta Vikram, New York, USA

“Working with Xenia was amazing. She armed me with a bunch of tools to help me through difficult times. Xenia is the kind of person who really cares for helping you in the long run. Her work will forever have an impact in my life.”

Daniela Velásquez, Ottawa, Canada

“Working with Xen was a game changer for me. After working together for a few months my relationship with food radically changed. I no longer felt like a failure. I now have the tools to nourish my body with foods that feel good in my body. I don’t feel guilty about eating cake or chocolate, I also don’t overeat cake and chocolate. I no longer feel the need to exercise to compensate for my eating. I feel much more free around eating and I am more accepting of my body. Xen has a nonjudgmental and compassionate approach to coaching and really supports you in the process.”

Rachel, Dublin, Ireland

“Working with Xen has been very empowering. Her approach is so refreshing from the usual. I have learned that I am in charge and that I get to choose what I put in my body and how to move my body in a way that I like! I get to make my own choices. It’s so liberating. Once you get a taste of freedom with food, there is no turning back to old ways! Thanks Xen for guiding me along the way to freedom.”

Heather B, Cork. Ireland

“This is the answer for those of you that struggle with food and all that surrounds it. Xenia said that I could make peace with food and it seemed at the time like an impossible dream. Turns out it isn’t. I recommend Xen and the mindful eating / intuitive eating approach unreservedly. If you have any questions about my experience, please get in touch. Thank you Xen. My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Michelle, Johannesburg, South Africa

“Xenia was a walking, living, breathing example of what can be done. I laughed and cried my way through a short course in this fascinating and invigorating programme with her, and have gained a designer tote full of coping skills that go way beyond containing kilogrammes. I feel infinitely lighter. I am doing this for me and, yes, you can do this for you too! And believe me, I’m cynical!”

Diana, Vancouver, Canada

“I don’t obsess about food like I used to. I am thinking differently about food and feeling so much more relaxed around all types of food. It’s wonderful to have pleasure and satisfaction from eating.”

Sarah, Illinois, USA

“I learned a new way of thinking about food. I have learned that food is not the enemy and that it can actually be enjoyed with no guilt.”

Sandy, London, United Kingdom

Certified by The Life Coach School Certified and Trained by The Original Intuitive Eating Pro Professional Member of The Center for Mindful Eating