What is Intuitive Eating? A Quick Lesson on Intuitive Eating and Where to Begin
Updated: Apr 2, 2021
Let's start from the very beginning - what is Intuitive Eating exactly?
First off, Intuitive Eating was created by two registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch wayyyyyy back in 1995! Intuitive eating is focused on healing your relationship with food, where you are in control of your food choices, rather than diet culture or the food police. Intuitive eating is an ongoing practice between you and your body. It is a way of eating that has no rules, no guilt, no judgement, and nothing is off limits. The quick fixes promised by the diet industry are simply not sustainable and have been proven by research not to work.
Intuitive Eating is an ongoing practice between you and your body. It is a way of eating that has no rules, no guilt, no judgement, and nothing is off limits.
If you have been following along for the past few weeks on my Instagram, we have been going over each of the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating.
Reject the Diet Mentality
Honor your Hunger
Make Peace with Food
Challenge the Food Police
Discover the Satisfaction Factor
Feel your Fullness
Cope with your Emotions with Kindness
Respect your Body
Movement - Feel the Difference
Honor your Health with Gentle Nutrition
These principles are meant to be a guideline, a free flowing map, of your own personal exploration of Intuitive Eating. They 100% do not need to be followed in any particular order. The principles are here to help you become the expert of your body, because you are the only person who knows what you need.
What is NOT Intuitive Eating?
I can tell you this - Intuitive Eating is NOT another diet (you may have heard it referred to as the "hunger fullness diet") and do not let anyone try to tell you otherwise! It is NOT a 30 day cleanse or something you try for a month and then give up. It is NOT something that happens overnight. It will NOT look the same for everyone.
Where to Begin?
There is really no end - no one has "perfected" the way to eat intuitively - there are always more things to learn as your body continuously changes. So the best time to start is now.
Intuitive Eating is a very "intuitive" process (see what I did there)! There are a ton of resources available (like these intuitive eating books: Intuitive Eating Book and the Intuitive Eating Workbook) to start re-learning hunger and fullness cues and basically re-learning how to eat! Head to the resources page of my website for a list of Instagram accounts, podcasts, and websites to check out.
Give yourself A LOT of compassion during this literal (long-term) journey you will be on. There is really no end - no one has "perfected" the way to eat intuitively - there are always more things to learn as your body continuously changes. So the best time to start is now.
There will be ups and there will be downs. There will be times when you wonder if this is actually "working." There will be times when you question the "process." BUT here is where the intuitive part comes in.
This is the time when you start listening to your body and becoming in tune with your needs - both physical (ex: hunger) and mental (ex: emotional). It will open your eyes to a new way of living - focusing less on numbers and more on behaviors, focusing less on trivial things and more on things that matter most to you.
You Are Allowed to Ask for Help
There is an overwhelming amount of nutrition information available in this crazy world to fully understand what is true and helpful. The more we focus on the numbers, the counting, the recommendations, the more we lose touch with our inner Intuitive Eater and internal hunger and fullness cues.
This is why I have created a free download for you all!
This is a great place to start your journey and continue learning. It may seem scary to jump right in and actually just eat and enjoy food - and that's OK! Consider it a big experiment. Give it some time and see how it goes! Use the challenges and prompts in this download as a guide to begin.
And remember - I am here, along with a big supportive team of fellow Intuitive Eaters and Intuitive Eating Dietitians, to help you along the way!