It is a philosophy of eating that makes you the expert of your body and its hunger signals.
Essentially, it’s the opposite of a traditional diet. It doesn’t impose guidelines about what to avoid and what or when to eat.
To eat intuitively, you may need to relearn how to trust your body. Distinguish between physical and emotional hunger:
Some of the concepts of intuitive eating have been around at least since the early 1970s, though the term wasn’t coined until 1995.
The program was built on the principle that diets don’t work and that lifestyle changes and personal care are more important for long-term health.
Emerging research suggests that intuitive eating is linked to healthier attitudes toward food and self-image, as well as that it can be learned through interventions.
Without judgment, start taking stock of your own eating behaviors and attitudes. When you eat, ask yourself if you’re experiencing physical or emotional hunger.
If it’s physical hunger, try to rank your hunger/fullness level on a scale of 1–10, from to stuffed. Aim to eat when you’re hungry but not starving. Stop when you’re comfortably full — not stuffed.
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