Heard About Intuitive Eating? Here’s How It Works

The phrase "intuitive eating" has undoubtedly recently appeared on social media or while researching diet trends online. But there is a lot of misunderstanding about what intuitive eating is and how to use it in real life. Donuts for breakfast? Is that what you're saying? Or that you stop making food plans and follow what your body requests on any given day? Actually, not really. This strategy has dramatically changed relationship with food for the better for many qualified dietitians who have been practising intuitive eating for years. 

What Is Intuitive Eating 

Two licenced dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, initially developed the evidence-based eating strategy known as intuitive eating. One of the objectives is to cultivate trusting your own body and instincts rather than focusing on external food regulations to direct your dietary choices. Intuitive eating can help us block out the noise and tune in to the routines that make us feel our best because there is so much conflicting nutrition information out there.  

If you've ever tried a diet, you're undoubtedly already familiar with how food rules work. Eat less carbohydrates (or eliminate them entirely), avoid frying, eat only during these hours, drink your meals—the list of prohibitions seems never-ending, and some are more obvious than others. It's vital to remember that these dietary restrictions are frequently linked to slimming down, getting in shape, or otherwise altering your body. Dieting, restricting, and purposeful weight loss can have a detrimental influence on your quality of life, raise your chance of developing an eating disorder, slow down your metabolism, and most people who attempt to lose weight eventually gain it back, according to research. 

Achieving realistic body type and weight loss goals is less stressful when one practises intuitive eating. The idea is to learn to change how you feel in the body you're in right now rather than trying to change your body. A summary of the Intuitive Eating Principles is provided below to help you get started. 

Diet Mentality 

Diets typically don't work for people. Being healthy does not necessarily require losing weight, and you can become healthy at your current weight. 

Eat When Hungry 

Eat when you feel hungry and pay attention to your body. Numerous diets advise doing the exact opposite. Respecting your hunger can lessen your likelihood of overeating at the subsequent meal. 

Enjoy Eating 

Don't be afraid to indulge yourself! There's no need to moralise about food by calling it "good" or "bad" because eating is supposed to be fun. 

Avoid Rules 

Get rid of the belief that eating "good" foods makes you a better person or that eating "bad" foods makes you a horrible person. Remove the restrictions on certain foods and dietary groups that you and others have imposed. 

Stop When Full 

When it's time to stop, your body will let you know. How does it feel to be contentedly full? As you eat, take a moment to consider how the meal tastes to you and how satisfied you are. 

Discover Taste 

Do you like those steamed, simple vegetables? We frequently forfeit the sense of satisfaction that food can provide when dieting. Enjoy each bite and turn it into an experience. 

Avoid Stress Eating 

Find non-eating coping strategies for worry, stress, depression, and even happiness and joy. In the long term, food will not help you deal with your emotions. Learn to include new methods that help you manage your emotions, such as journaling, exercise, meditation, or other pastimes. 

Love Your Body 

Pay your body gratitude for sustaining you each day and enabling you to engage in some of your favourite activities. The path to body acceptance and love can be paved with respect for one's body. 

Respect Health 

Consume wholesome foods that nourish your body and advance your health and wellbeing. oose foods that will make you feel wonderful.