Intuitive Eating 101

Intuitive Eating 101

Nutrition is a funny thing.

There’s tons of information available and a new diet pops up every day, all promising to help you feel great in your body, so you can live your life to the fullest. Despite all the information available, the only thing that’s certain is this:

There is no one size fits all diet. Click To Tweet

Yes, there are rough guidelines, but nutrition isn’t an exact science. What works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa. The only way of eating that I’ve found works across the board is Intuitive Eating – honoring the needs of your body and eating for nourishment, instead of eating to control the size of your body.

You were born an intuitive eater – before your parents or the world at large imposed their lists of good and bad foods and calorie counts on you, you knew exactly when, what, and how much to eat. You were aware enough of your body to know when you were hungry, when you were full, when you were physically hungry and when you were eating for emotional comfort. Somewhere along the way, you lost that connection and started looking outside of yourself to figure what was best for your body.

The funny thing is: looking outside of ourselves often backfires, and our reasons for eating change. We stop eating for nourishment and start eating to change how we look and/or for weight loss. We stop listening to our hungers (physical, mental and emotional), and turn to food to fill the voids.

We disconnect from our bodies and stop trusting ourselves to do what we inherently know how to do – nourish ourselves.

Intuitive eating has been gaining popularity in the nutrition world as more and more people discover that diets don’t work, and it’s been the core of my work for a few years now. It’s a philosophy based on the book, Intuitive Eating, by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. The basic principles are:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality
  2. Honor your Hunger
  3. Make Peace with Food
  4. Challenge the Food Police
  5. Respect your Fullness
  6. Discover pleasure and satisfaction in food and eating
  7. Honor Your Feelings without Using Food
  8. Respect your Body
  9. Exercise in a way that works for your body
  10. Honor your Health

These are principles that you can use to guide you when cooking and eating, so you can begin to heal your relationship with food. If you want to re-learn how to eat intuitively, consider joining me for Nourish: a 12-week coaching program that provides mentoring and support for this journey.

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