Intuitive eating has been referred to as the listen to your body diet or the, eat whatever you want diet. But it’s far from a diet, it’s way of living and getting back to your natural hunger signals. It’s a great concept – to simply let our bodies guide us into food choices, but it may not work for everyone. I will list the pros and cons of intuitive eating throughout this article, but first I will explain how it works.
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Intuitive Eating in simple terms, is a way of becoming more in tune with your bodies natural hunger signals. The creators of this philosophy believe that by doing so, it will bring you back to a natural, healthy weight. The process of learning to eat intuitively takes time and work, there are principles you must learn first before mastering the art of knowing when you’re actually hungry.
The Principles of Intuitive Eating:
- Reject the Diet Mentality – If you allow any hope that a diet is still the answer to your prayers, you will not be free to truly experience intuitive eating.
- Honour Your Hunger – If you don’t pay attention to your hungry and keep your body fed/satisfied you could trigger a primal drive to binge eat.
- Make Peace With Food – If you tell yourself you can’t have a certain food, it can leave you feeling deprived and create uncontrollable cravings, leading you to again… binge eat.
- Challenge the Food Police – Let go of all the food rules and calorie counting created by past diets. Especially let go of the “good food/bad food” mentality.
- Feel Your Fullness – Pausing while eating to check in and monitor your fullness levels.
- Discover the Satisfaction Level – When we are dying to be thin, we often overlook how satisfying our eating experience can be. When you actually provide and allow yourself to feel this level of content, it takes far less food to feel satisfied.
- Cope With Your Emotions Without Using Food – This is all about learning your triggers and that food wont fix any feelings or issues.
- Respect Your Body – Accepting your genetic blueprint and stop being overly critical about your body and shape.
- Exercise to Feel The Difference – Exercising to feel the difference and shift how you view physical activity rather than forcing or pushing yourself to do it for weight loss.
- Honour Your Health with Gentle Nutrition – Making food choices that concentrate on health, but also provide you with a level of satisfaction. Eating to honour your taste buds, while making you feel good.
Will Intuitive Eating Work for Me?
Intuitive eating is an amazing concept and although it can work on it’s own for some people, most people need a bit more guidance and structure. Those with eating disorders and binge eating tendencies especially need more guidance in learning how to eat like a normal person. And by ‘structure’, I don’t mean ‘food rules’. They great thing about intuitive eating is it teaches you about a lot of different factors that are important in finding peace with food. I think Intuitive Eating is important for anyone trying to heal their relationship with food.
I’ve struggled with eating disorders and chronic dieting for 20 years and done a lot of research on how to eat like a normal person. Through my personal experience and research, I’ve found intuitive eating is only a part of the bigger picture. I hope to help you put all those parts together on this website!
For many of us, our signals are all out of whack from years of yo-yo dieting and stuffing our faces when the diet is over. There is also a continuing growth of junk food that can create addictive qualities if you’re not aware of what’s happening in your body when you eat them. To learn more about junk food addiction click here. Certain foods make us more hungry rather than fill us up, so it’s vital to learn about how it all works before we can really get in tune with our hunger signals.
Does Intuitive Eating Work for Weight Loss?
Intuitive eating is not a diet or weight loss plan. It actually encourages you to concentrate on not being afraid of gaining weight or eating and to accept your body as it is. The morals behind eating this way is to create more peace in your life, and less obsessing about dieting and weight. This isn’t to say you can’t lose weight eating intuitively, but it’s not the focus of this book/program.
I first read Intuitive Eating a few years ago. I did lose a bit of weight in the first week or two, but then my unhealthy food relationship slowly crept back, and so did my weight. Don’t let this discourage you, I still recommend the book, it has lots of great insights and theories that I have adapted to my own healthy way of living.
Don’t lose hope, it is possible to eat like a normal person and get back to a healthy weight while you do it. We are all in this together!