(In case you are wondering, this is scale in my hand, being smashed.)
This is the most common question I hear... what exactly is intuitive eating? Our brains that have been taught to think in right or wrong and black or white thinking patterns want an easy explanation to this question. Therefore, it's easy to fall into thinking... intuitive eating simply means to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. That sounds good in theory, right?
While that is somewhat true. There is much more to it. But what's most important is how you weave intuitive eating into your current life and lifestyle. There is no cookie-cutter method here and the wisdom of how to optimally nourish yourself is simply locked within you. You can discover your most optimal health and well-being, mentally, physically, and spiritually when you learn to embrace all that intuitive eating has to offer.
You may or may not be wondering, where did intuitive eating come from. It appears to be newest nutrition trend, but fun fact, intuitive eating has been around for centuries. Only recently over the last 25 years has been defined and studied, which was done to combat the spread of diet culture.
Intuitive Eating in it's definition as a science-based theory today is an evidenced-based, weight-inclusive, non-diet, and mind-body health approach designed to encourage a self-compassionate eating framework.
It comprises ten principles and was created by two dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, in 1995. Since its conception, there have been over 200 studies which have assisted in the creation of a validated assessment scale, allowing for multiple revisions to this framework. If you are unfamiliar with this practice, I highly recommend the 4th edition of their book, Intuitive Eating, A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach , to use alongside your journey with me.
To get you started, let’s take a look at some highlights of what intuitive eating is, some common misconceptions, and information to help you decide if this is for you… (More in this blog)