What Is Intuitive Eating?

 

Imagine a 10 principle, sustainable approach to eating that integrates instinct, emotion, and thought.

 

Imagine no longer being at war with your own body.

 

How about eating without guilt and in a way that actually ‘works’?

 

And in a way that integrates mind and body?

 

And has actual scientific evidence (as in over 100 research studies) of psychological and health benefits.

 

Sound too good to be true?

 

Here is the good news:

 

You have just imagined Intuitive Eating.  It is a real thing and a true game-changer.

 

If you are soooo done with a preoccupation with what, when, and how much to eat or exercise, IE will help you.

 

IE is a way to get rid of the Diet Mentality.

 

You instead learn to trust your body and truly make peace with food.

 

You will actually enjoy eating - without any lingering thoughts of ‘starting Monday I am going to restart my diet”.

 

Here are THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF INTUITIVE EATING:

  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 the Satisfaction Factor
  7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food
  8. Respect Your Body
  9. Exercise — Feel the Difference
  10. Honor Your Health — Gentle Nutrition

(Re)Learning IE is all about curiosity, discovery, and exploration. It takes time and is an ongoing process.  Trusting your own body, respecting internal wisdom about eating and exercise, and actually finding satisfaction and joy along the way are just a few reasons why IE  provides unprecedented freedom. And not just for days or weeks. But for life.

Unlearning the dieting mentality is difficult. Diet culture is everywhere and can be tricky to identify - especially when disguised as’ healthy lifestyle’ or ‘clean eating’.  However packaged, the diet mentality is about rules, numbers, restriction/deprivation, and weight loss. Diet culture has been called ‘the life thief’ for good reason. Any sense of control or power is temporary. Self blame, frustration, failure, and defeat are inevitable.

Intuitive Eating is about vitality. You enter the world ‘knowing’ the principles, naturally.  Returning to your biological default mode is your birthright.

Reclaiming built in mechanisms through Intuitive Eating is not easy in diet culture. There are lots of resources available along the way to support you. An IE informed, Anti-Diet psychologist is one such resource.

I invite you to join me and other Intuitive Eaters to the Revolution. One delicious bite, one happy body image moment, one IE principle at a time.