Intuitive eating sounds too good to be true. A diet that lets you eat what you want, when you want, with no strict limitations on how much? Count me in. But intuitive eating's a lot more nuanced than that.
In this day and age, it seems like a trendy, new diet makes headlines every couple of weeks. But there's one eating plan- not a diet, its founders are quick to point out-that's had some serious staying power.
Intuitive eating 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. Instead, it teaches that you are the best person - the only person - to make those choices.
Intuitive eating isn't a new thing. In 1995, dietitians Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole published a book on the topic, now in its third edition, presenting a nondiet approach to food that focuses on learning to give your body what it needs.