A Quick Guide to Intuitive Eating
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.
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Rejects the diet mentality, promotes giving yourself permission to eat without labeling some foods "good” and others “bad,” acknowledging when you’re eating your feelings and accepting the body you have.
It doesn’t mean giving in to every craving; it means getting rid of the idea of “giving in” to “bad foods” altogether. Eat that Oreo when you want it, without any negative emotion attached, and you won’t feel like you need to eat the whole bag.
Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Intuitive eating is about understanding what foods your body feels best eating, and how to make your own food choices based on your own hunger and fullness
Intuitive eating involves coming to peace with your body’s needs, letting go of the guilt associated with eating and ending the struggle of rules.
The end result of intuitive eating has nothing to do with your weight.
With mindful eating, there is no explicit rejection of dieting.
Intuitive eating rejects the diet mentality altogether—that’s the biggest difference.
This is not a diet. Intuitive eating is an approach to health and food that emphasizes learning to give your body what it needs.
It doesn't involve rules related to how or what to eat, but it's based on a few principles.
Recognize and silence your inner critic.
An example of your inner food police: if you're scanning a restaurant menu and you catch yourself saying "That’s not healthy. That’s too many servings. That’s too high fat, " that voice is not yours, although it feels like it. It's only fueled by external messaging.
Food isn’t good or bad. Don't fall for this 'black or white' way of thinking.
Health and nutrition exist on a gradient. Keeping your health in mind when making food choices is totally in line with intuitive eating, but being rigid about healthy eating isn’t.