Holiday Season is upon us! While this means cooler weather and beautiful leaves, for many, this season increases anxiety surrounding food and body image. This blog aims to introduce you to Intuitive Eating: an approach to gaining a better relationship with both food and your body.
What is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive Eating was created by the dietician Evelyn Tribole and the nutritionist Elyse Resch. The main objective of this approach is to get in touch with your body’s nutritional signals and to honor them. This process advocates eight principles:
- Reject the Diet Mentality
- Honor Your Hunger
- Make Peace with Food
- Challenge the Food Police
- Feel Your Fullness
- Discover the Satisfaction Factor
- Cope with Your Feelings Without Using Food
- Respect Your Body
- Exercise: Feel the Difference
- Honor Your Health: Gentle Nutrition
Intuitive Eating is NOT a diet. Diets encourage ignoring or tricking your body’s hunger and fullness cues in an effort to lose weight. By contrast, Intuitive Eating encourages you to listen, acknowledge, and honor your body’s hunger and fullness cues. The goal is not to lose weight, but to let your body be nourished. Nourishing your body will allow it to reach the weight that is most optimal for your individual body. Learning to listen to your body and honor it’s cues is a process, so please seek support and remember to be kind and patient with yourself.