You’ve probably seen the term intuitive eating recently on social media or while looking up diet trends online. However, there’s a lot of confusion about what intuitive eating is, and how to actually incorporate it in a practical way. Does it mean you eat donuts for breakfast? Or that you ditch meal planning and go with whatever your body wants that day? Well, not exactly. As a registered dietitian who has been practicing intuitive eating for years now, this approach has completely transformed my relationship to food for the better and I’m really excited to dive into intuitive eating with you!
What Is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive eating is an evidenced-based approach to eating that was first introduced by two registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. Instead of focusing on external food rules to guide your eating choices, one of the goals is to cultivate trusting your own body and instincts. There’s so much confusing nutrition information out there, and intuitive eating can help us quiet the noise and tune into what habits help us feel our best.
If you’ve gone on a diet before, you’re probably familiar with how food rules manifest. Eat less carbs (or completely cut them out), don’t fry anything, eat between these times, drink your meals …it seems like an endless list of restrictions and some are more subtle than others. It’s important to note that these food rules are usually tied to losing weight, toning up or changing your body in some way. Dietiting, restriction and intentional weight loss can negatively impact your quality of life, increase your risk for disordered eating, slow down your metabolism, and research has shown that most people who try to lose weight ultimately end up gaining the weight back.
Intuitive eating helps to ease the pressure of unrealistic body type and weight loss goals. Instead of focusing on how to change your body, the goal is to learn to shift how you feel in the body you’re currently in. To get you started, below is a breakdown of the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating and in the weeks to come, I’ll be exploring these principles more with you and will provide practical ways to incorporate them into your daily life!
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