Intuitive Eating is not a recent concept, it's been around for a couple of years now but I’ve been on my intuitive eating journey for about 4 years now and in recovery for about 5 years. In the beginning of my journey I struggled with feeling my hunger and feeling my fullness. It makes sense because I was told that my hunger was wrong and I shouldn’t trust it. I was also told that feeling some kind of fullness was bad but in reality, this concept is far from the truth.
It was extremely hard to focus on listening to my body while my eating disorder voice and society both told me that what I was doing was bad and wrong. It took about 3 years for my body to learn to trust me again. There is no wrong way to eat intuitively, and it’s not a new diet and it is not a black and white concept. This approach takes time, but it is worth it.
The intuitive eating approach was created by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. The book is a set of 10 principles, that can guide you on how to become an intuitive eater. Intuitive eating is about being attuned to your body. It’s about listening to your body’s needs and wants. It’s not a set of rules and it’s not another diet. It is not a weight loss plan or a means to control one's weight or food intake.
Disclaimer: Intuitive eating is not a tool to use in the beginning of your recovery, it is a great tool for you if you have been in recovery for a couple of years. Once you have been following a meal plan successfully and have your hunger and fullness cues back, that is when you know you are ready for intuitive eating. It is very important to work with a therapist, a dietitian or a recovery coach on your intuitive eating journey. This approach is widely accepted by the HAES and non-diet health care providers and used in the recovery community.
The 10 principles are:
1. Reject the diet mentality
2. Honor your hunger
3. Make peace with food
4. Challenge the food police.
5. It is feeling your fullness
6. Discover the satisfaction factor.
7. Cope with your emotions without using food.
8. Respect your body
9. Exercise-feel the difference
10. Honor your health-gentle nutrition
If you’re interested in learning more about Intuitive Eating, you can buy the book on Amazon as a digital copy or as a hard copy. Check out the link below. There is also a workbook that goes along with Intuitive Eating and I highly recommend it. I posted the link below for the
workbook. (Post is summarized from the Intuitive Eating book)
Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works
The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for
Relationship with Food (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
Blair is an eating disorder recovery activist who promotes self-love and self-acceptance. Blair Thompson is currently studying to become a Registered Dietitian who will specialize in eating disorders, intuitive eating and the non-diet approach.She has been in recovery from an eating disorder for +5 years and is a strong believer in speaking and writing about the stigmas around eating disorders.
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