Intuitive Eating is individual and each of us has unique needs which MUST be addressed by our eating style. No one preaches that more than Gina Van Luven of Younique nutrition. Gina shares her wisdom on intuitive eating this week –read on:
Gina Van Luven is a Wellness Speaker, Author and Coach who empowers people to live healthier, happier lives. She understands everyone is unique! Therefore, she works with individuals and groups to uncover the food and lifestyle choices that are best for each unique person, and provides a step‐by‐step action plan and accountability system to help her clients achieve their goals. Having grown up on the “Standard American Diet” (SAD), Gina was plagued by disease in her twenties. In her thirties, she discovered the secrets that transformed her diseased body into a healthy, happy one. Today, she helps others do the same! Gina is certified as a Holistic Health Counselor by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Columbia University. She is the author and creator of “I’d Rather Scrub Toilets Than Cook – Tips to Getting In and Out of the Kitchen Quickly,” “Golden Goals – Strategies for Success,” and “5‐Step Total Body Detoxification Program.” She serves on the Board of Directors for “EarthWell,” “National Association of Women Business Owners,” “Park City Women in Business” and “Toastmasters International” and is a member of “Biltmore Who’s Who,” “Healthy Happy Human Beings,” “Organic Consumers Association” and “World Vision.” She is active in her community and truly enjoys helping people of all ages.
Kellie Adkins: What is your favorite way to connect to your inner wisdom/intuition? If you have several favorites, please feel free to list them all!
Gina Van Luven: With “life” I do best with meditation. I typically lay flat on the floor and calm my body and mind. Once relaxed, I can more easily connect with my intuition. With “food”, I simply pause and ask myself, “What do I feel I need right now?”
KA: How has connecting to your inner wisdom helped shape your relationship to food? To your body?
GV: I feel that by connecting with what my body needs, I am more nourished.
KA: Have you always had a good relationship with food? With your body?
GV: I’ve always had a good relationship with food – even “bad” food. In my teens and twenties, I pretty much ate whatever I wanted; not knowing what was good or bad for me. But, my “relationship” with food was not negatively impacted. I’ve always loved food. Whether or not it love me is another story. ‘-)
KA: What prompted you to do the work you do?
GV: My youngest son at age 3 had severe ADHD. I knew it was my fault and I was desperate. I delved deep into research and found the answer – food. After just a few weeks, he was like a different child. In the process, I became healthier, too. I was at about rock-bottom and just thought that was the life I was dealt. But, I was wrong. I became “awakened” to the fact that I could actually control my own health and well-being. I decide from that point forward, I would do whatever I could to empower others to become awakened to their own potential.
KA: What advice would you give someone who is struggling to connect with their body’s wisdom, maintain a natural weight, and trust their health & wellness choices?
GV: First, start slow and be patient. You’re forming a new habit, which is a process that takes time. Second, slowly add healthier foods to your diet. Healthy foods naturally awaken your intuition. Finally, get help. Even the experts have coaches. Find someone who can help you find a wellness plan that is comfortable for you and can help you stay accountable to your goals.
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