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.
This graphic shows the relationship with dieting and how it feels and looks when diets fail. Diets would have us believe that breaking diet rules 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?
Use the menu to the left to explore intuitive eating, principle by principle. Remember: this journey will look different for everybody and every body, and progress is rarely linear. Happy eating!
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