Intuitive eating is a non-diet approach to making food choices. It's based on making peace with food, ditching food rules, and eating with consideration to hunger, fullness, and satisfaction.
Intuitive eating is a key part of the fuller framework of Health at Every Size - you cannot accept one without the other.
This graphic shows the relationship with dieting and how it feels and looks when diets fail. Diets would have us believe that the binge is the problem - that there is something innately wrong with us that makes us fail and "fall off the wagon." But what if the problem is the restriction itself?
Remember: you are not failing. By breaking food rules/eating, you are responding to your body's natural drive to eat and fueling yourself. Diets are failing you by creating an unnecessary and unrealistic eating environment that makes you feel crazy around food. If you have some hangups about this graphic, here's a few questions to ask yourself:
- Have you ever tried a diet that "worked"? And I mean, worked for 2+ years - not provided short-term and temporary weight loss.
- How do you feel emotionally when dieting? Do you feel the need to avoid social situations where there will be food, or feel out of control when you eat certain foods?
- Is dieting sustainable? Are you constantly starting a new diet or trying new tips?
- What would your life look like without diets? What would you have more time for?
Principles of Intuitive Eating
Found in Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch
- Reject the diet mentality
- Honor your hunger
- Make peace with food
- Challenge the food police
- Respect your fullness
- Discover the satisfaction factor
- Honor your feelings without using food
- Respect your body
- Exercise - feel the difference
- Honor your health
Intuitive eating is not another diet.
Diets are bound by rules - when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat. Intuitive eating sets you free from those rules and allows you to internal cues - how hungry you are, what you want, and how much you want.