What is Intuitive Eating?


Intuitive Eating is about learning to trust yourself to make food choices that feel good in your body, without judgment and without influence from diet culture. You were born with the innate skill to eat, to stop when we are full, to eat when we are hungry and to eat satisfying foods. As you grew up that changed for a variety of reasons. You have lost that food freedom and Intuitive Eating is learning to reclaim it. When you filter out the noise and influence that diet culture presents to us every day, you can start to truly listen to what our body wants and needs from food. That's when your binges will start to disappear.

Intuitive eating is about ending the war with your body; it is about learning to accept body diversity and your own unique genetic blueprint. Diet culture is focused on the thin ideal; the idea that a thin body is good and a fat body is wrong. This leads to an emotional value placed on your food choices. When you put that emotional value on food, that foods are good or bad, you internalize this as we eat. This leads to thoughts like, “I’m so bad because I ate chocolate.” Diet culture steals your enjoyment of food and leaves you feeling shame and guilt about your food choices.

Intuitive eating does not label food as good or bad. Yes, nutritionally all foods are different. But emotionally, all foods are be equal. One food does not make you bad while the other makes you good. If you can approach ALL FOODS as emotionally equal, you can truly begin to connect with your own inner self. Intuitive eating is about making peace with food and giving up the never ending war against your body and how you eat. Intuitive eating is the antidote to dieting. It is not a diet, but a therapy that will help you get back in tune with your body and it’s needs.

Intuitive Eating can be difficult to understand at first because your mindset is so influenced by dieting and diet culture . It’s completely opposite of how you’ve been taught to think about food. It is the opposite of what you have been doing to try to stop the binge eating. This is because it is hard to imagine a life without food rules. It can sound like you are just giving up and can eat all the cake you want to. It sounds like your binges will be out of control if there are no food rules and diet plans in place.

But the experience of most people when they finish the Intuitive Eating therapy is the opposite. They find they are intuitively eating a more varied and more satisfying diet. They find more flexibility in their food choices and that they can truly enjoy food without feelings of guilt and shame. Most of all they find their binge eating episodes are gone completely. They feel that they are finally in charge of their food choices and that food no longer controls them.

Intuitive Eating has 10 principle that work together. Join us to start to understand what these principles mean and how you can start to use them to embrace Intuitive Eating and find the food freedom you desire.

Disclaimer: Please note that the information in this or any other blog posts on this site may not be suitable or apply to you, depending on where you’re at in your mental health and/or eating disorder/diet recovery journey. This information is for educational purposes only and not meant to be a substitute for medical or psychiatric advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before making any changes

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