The 4 Types of Eating | EP.12

Here’s another tool for your sparkling toolbox of freedom! Understanding why you eat when you eat and getting compassionately curious when your eating isn’t serving you is a massive step toward becoming an embodied eater aka FREEDOM! In this episode, you will learn:

  • The difference between fuel, pleasure, fog and storm eating.
  • Why pleasure food is necessary. 
  • What does “serving you” actually mean.
  • Why there is no “good and bad” eating – ever!
  • What to do when you feel chaotic around food.
  • Getting curious when you find yourself in a fog or storm.
  • The importance of curiosity and compassion when using eating labels.

Resource mentioned: 

The Four Types of Eating pdf:

About the Host:

Chanci Dawn is a non-diet certified nutritionist, mindset and embodiment coach whose soul’s purpose is to help women create the most wildly free and loving relationship with food and their bodies. After over 30 years of dieting and recovering from her own eating disorder Chanci is determined to help women find the same freedom she has through embodied eating and pleasurable living. Chanci believes that when you fall madly in love with yourself you’ll have the power to change your world and from there you can change the world around you making embodied eating a deep and powerful form of activism! 

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Chanci Dawn:

This show is about freedom. Freedom from your constant struggle with food and letting the size of your thighs determine your worth. Join me weekly for no whole fat, unfiltered girlfriend kind of conversations that will inspire, teach and empower you. As we tune into our own body's wisdom and tune out of the diet industry lives, we can live our most radiant, pleasurable and fulfilled lives. My name is Chanci dawn. I'm a non diet nutritionist embodiment and mindset coach. But most importantly, I'm a woman on a mission to grow a deeply connected and conscious relationship with food and my body. And I'm here inviting you to do the same. Let's go.

Chanci Dawn:

Hello, you beautiful soul. Welcome to today's show. Today, we're going to be talking about the four different types of eating. And I really love this topic. Because again, awareness, right awareness is everything. So I'm not huge on labels. But I do love labeling these different types of eating because it just really helps us go, oh, that's what's going on. And then we can go deeper with the curiosity with that honey code of compassion, and then choose to eat in ways that really ultimately serve us. And again, serving us means that we have decided that this is what we want to do. And we like our reasons for doing so. No moral connection to it. No one else's agenda or plan, this all comes back to you. Okay, but before I start wanting to share a little beautiful moment, this morning, I had a friend She's actually one of my very first clients from years ago, and she messaged me today and she just said, you know, Chanci, listening to your podcast really makes me feel really safe. I feel really safe when I'm listening to it. And when she told me this, I just melted, it was the best and most beautiful compliment I think I've ever received. I can't think of anything more that I would want for you. For anyone listening to this than to feel safe. Right? Women, we have not felt safe in our bodies for a long, long time. And the healing process, this has so much to do with that bring yourselves back into safety. So then we can really get curious and love ourselves whole. Right? So that is such a beautiful compliment. And even though this is all about embodied eating, right, we definitely talk about food, we definitely talk about body image and, and eating on here. But when you really start to embrace the that the way of living that embodied eating brings, it affects your entire life. That is why my tagline is I really want to help women feel wildly free and alive, right? And to love their bodies and to fall in love with food again, because this is a way to come home to ourselves. And we're able to look at all of the different, really important topics that affect us as women. So that's why we don't just talk about food on here, we talk about all of the important things and we will continue to and I have so so many cool guests coming up soon on this show for you. So keep tuning in. And yes, safety. Let's just create such a beautiful safe community here. Okay, moving on.

Chanci Dawn:

Let's chat about the four different types of eating. Now. I really want to preface this by saying again, there's no moral value to any of these, none of them are better than the other. Okay? It's all just for awareness and all to be able to question Is this what I want? Is this serving me right now? Why or why not? And then you move forward, choosing yourself every single time. This has nothing to do with self control. It has nothing to do with willpower. This has everything to do with knowing yourself and building that deep, intimate, beautiful conscious relationship with your soul and your body with that true essence of who you are and this beautiful vessel that you're experiencing life through. So the first type of eating is is called fuel eating. So this is the type of food that nourishes your body, right? Is protective to your body and gives you energy. So, a lot of the times when we're looking at diets, right, we're looking at getting enough fat nutrients as well as keeping the calorie content as low as possible. Okay, so it's like a bang for your buck. But what we're wanting to look at here is how does this food make me feel? Does it give me energy? Or does it take away my energy? What is fuel to one person won't be to another? Okay? This is very important to that's why these plants that tell you what meals to eat, at what time, this, this doesn't work, because you are unique, which is a beautiful, wonderful thing. I'm saying beautiful light today. And it's a beautiful day, I'm just in a beautiful mood. So there you go.

Chanci Dawn:

Okay, back to the topic, you're unique. And that is a really, really precious thing that you get to start to tune into more and more. So what I encourage you to do is get a piece of paper and write down, actually, you know what I'm going to do, I'm going to make a PDF, and I'm going to put that in the show notes. Just or you could go to Okay, so I'll put that there. And you can download this PDF, and it will, you'll be able to actually document what I'm going to ask you to do right now. Okay, so let's make it official download that, I'll also put down the four different types of eating in there. So you can use that again, as a reference to be able to remind yourself of what it is instead of trying to take copious notes right now. Okay. So fuel eating, what I encourage you to do with this PDF, is write down all of the foods that you feel amazing when you eat. Do not think about any of the diets you've done before. Do not think about the shoulds. Do not think about any rules. This is all about what feels good in your body. Okay, so write all of these down, let's start to get curious and have fun with it. Okay, so the second type of eating is called pleasure eating. Now, this type of eating doesn't necessarily energize you. Okay, this isn't the kind of eating that you're like, Yeah, this really serves my body. But we want to eat for different reasons. One of the reasons is for nutrients. And the other reason is for joy, it's for pleasure. Food is here for that. And when we deprive ourselves of that, as we know from future episodes, our brains will drive us towards the stuff like crazy, because it wants pleasure, our brains thrive on pleasure, but we want to give it genuine pleasure, right? When we serve it in this way, then it goes, thank you. And then it doesn't have all of these, like out of control feelings of cravings, and addiction for food. That is all created through deprivation. Okay, so having pleasure food in your daily repertoire of foods is really, really important. Now, again, how much is really up to you, you get to decide, you get to decide what is pleasurable, and what's not how much is. So for this, I encourage you to go back to the two different episodes early on, I'm sorry, I forget the episodes numbers, but go back and two of them on pleasure. Okay, one is interviewing Alina Z. And that was really fun. And then the other one is just talking about how pleasure is one of the foundations of embodied eating. Okay, so go back and listen to those, because that's going to really help you be able to dig in to what pleasure food is for you. And once you've done that, definitely print off that PDF and fill that out what is pleasure food for me, and why. Okay, now let's move on to the other types of eating. Now, when I first I actually learned about these four different types of eating when I trained to be a weight loss coach around 13 years ago, at the Life Coach School, and I loved them. But the thing I didn't don't really agree with now is villainizing. These two different other types of eating, okay, what we were taught then is we should eat fuel 80% of the time, or 90% of the time and pleasure 10 or 20. And we're just throwing those numbers out because those are food rules. We're not doing food rules here. And we're not going to villainize These next two types, because I was told that to teach people to coach people that we should never, ever engage in these two types, okay? And that's where the work is, I want to just soften that. It's not that these are wrong, it's just that you get to use them when you are experiencing these types of eating, or when triggers come up for you, when you notice patterns, you get to use this as an opportunity to be able to go, Oh, sweetheart, what's going on here for you what you really need. If this isn't fuel, and it's not pleasure, what do you what will really serve you right now. And then that gives you that opportunity to have that beautiful communication between you and your body. And then to serve her and honor her in that way. Okay. So one of the types of eating in this is called storm eating. You will also hear people call this binge eating, okay? So this is a conscious, right, you're aware that you're doing it, you're choosing to do it, it often feels very chaotic and out of control, right? You're the or it could be like, I'm not going to do this, I'm not going to do this, I'm not going to do this, and then screw it. And then before you know it, you're in your pantry eating all the things, okay, so this type of eating actually is an opportunity, because usually it's tied to something emotionally going on in your life, that when you get to stop, and you get to choose compassion, and get curious and get really present with yourself, things will start to bubble up. And then you can really serve yourself in the way that you need to, right. So this is where you get to feel these emotions, you get to process whatever is going on for you. And this is also where it's really, really good to have support to have someone to go, this is what's going on for me right now. Right? If you're not used to that, if you're used to just eating away your emotions, and buffering and binging and feeling out of control, it can feel very scary to start looking at what's underneath this very, very scary, but I want to comfort you in this that you're not alone in this. It's okay that it's scary, and you're also worth it. So let's move through that fear, move through it and feel what's on the other side. And I am here to support you. If you need that. Okay, DM me, definitely connect in. We are doing this together. Okay. Next type of eating is called if I can remember I don't have any notes right now. Fog, fog eating. Okay, so we have fuel, we have pleasure eating, we have storm eating. And then we have fog eating. So fog eating can be a tied to emotional reasons. But quite often, in my experience, it's just vitual. So I tend to find myself foggy eating when I'm making dinner, right? I'm kind of hungry. Maybe I'm at like a negative one on the hunger scale. And I'm prepping dinner and I noticing myself eating handfuls of cheese. Okay, so that would be fog eating, because I'm not really paying attention to it. Oh, backtrack. Okay, just as I said that, the storm is conscious, you're aware that you're doing it. Okay. So is the fuel and pleasure. These are choices. You're tuned in and you're aware of it. Okay. Now, fog eating, you're not fog eating is just sort of like, you're in this fog, right? You're kind of just going through the motion. And this is where you can actually eat like an entire dinner before dinner is eating served. Does that sound familiar to you? I know for sure this is something that I really have done a lot of in the past, and I still sometimes do. Okay. And again, we're not going to come down on ourselves for this that doesn't serve anyone. There's no shame here. This is just curiosity. So I do notice that for me, when I started paying attention, I will fog eat when I'm at that negative one, right when I'm getting hungry when I don't serve my body in the way that she needs. And also I'm cooking dinner and I'm feeling this hunger and I'm just like, Ah, just eating. Okay. So that's where for me, I've learned Okay, I just need to check into my hunger scale before I make dinner and perhaps have a little snack to bring myself up to zero. And then that will really help with awareness and that really helps with not fog eating, because that actually I don't see Well serves me I don't want to eat a whole meal before dinnertime. Okay, so another time that it's very common to be foggy eating is, for example, if you're having like popcorn, or a bag of chips, okay? So it can start is pleasure. So you're going to the movies and you're like, Okay, I'm gonna have some, I'm gonna have pleasure food, I'm gonna have popcorn, I'm so excited about this. And you have your first couple of bites, and it's so yummy and buttery, and like salty and delicious. And then you keep going, and you're watching the movie. And before you know it, you've eaten pretty much the whole bag, and you haven't really paid attention, you haven't really registered, the pleasure of it was absent. Okay? So this is where we really want to tune into those pleasure signals, we really want to tune into what, when does pleasure end here for me, and then you get to honor yourself by going, Okay, if it's not fuel food, and I'm not having pleasure from this, then maybe I'm going to put this aside and I'm going to have it later. And then from that moment, you have the opportunity now to again, go deeper with yourself because there's going to be some discomfort here. There's going to be some discomfort where you're used to just fog eating and tuning out. And to go, No, I'm honoring myself here. I'm actually not fall I'm sorry, I'm actually not hungry. And this isn't pleasurable, so I'm going to put it aside. Okay. So go to the PDFs and write down all of the things that you normally find yourself fog eating. Like I said, for me, it's cheese, foggy cheese, like crazy before. Okay, so I didn't really realize that until I did this, though, until I got curious. So I invite you to get curious. What what foods do you fog eat? What foods do you storm eat or binge? Okay? And then from this, that's where you get the opportunity to go Okay, with this awareness, what do I want to do with it? Another point I want to make about the binging about storm eating, this often is a result from deprivation and restriction. So if you diet if you're on a lifestyle plan, where you're, you know, restricting maybe a food group or restricting the amount of food, looking outside of yourself, instead of looking in, what will happen here is that primal brain will go wait a second, there is a problem here.

Chanci Dawn:

I'm, I'm nervous for our life, right? Because remember, your brain can thinks it's gonna fat, it's a famine thinks you're gonna starve, okay? But I'm worried for our life. So I'm going to drive you chaotically to eat. So this is really good news. Because when you really drop into this, and when you really become a true embodied eater, and you're like, following these cues, and you're loving your body, and you're having this beautiful dance together, binging I see usually stops, it usually isn't an issue. And that is so freakin fun. The freedom in that just blows my mind when I have clients coming to me, and they have just binge ate in there, you know, for so many years, and they're so down about it. And then we do this and they find this freedom, that alone is just absolutely life changing, completely transformative. So I really want to encourage you in that and get you excited about the possibilities that are here for you. Okay, my friend. Thank you for tuning in today. I have loved sharing this with you. I still have a cold, you could probably hear it. Hopefully, I'm recording a lot of podcasts this week. So it sounds like I've had a cold for a month I haven't I just like recording them a lot. And so hopefully next time, I won't have this nasal voice that you can hear. But thank you for bearing with me. I appreciate you so much. Please share this show with your best friend. I really am so passionate about getting this life changing information in the ears of all women and you are a part of that. So please share it. I love you. I appreciate you have a wonderful rest of your week. Take care

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