Intuitive Eating is a non-diet, evidence based framework for health and well-being. It was developed by dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch with the purpose of cultivating a healthy relationship between food, mind and body while breaking free from external dieting rules that confuse us and do more harm. It brings pleasure back to eating, while improving physical and psychological wellness.
The goal of intuitive eating is not about changing your body shape or size. It’s not about weight loss, but it’s not anti-weight loss if that’s what happens. It is Health at Every Size aligned and so the focus is on creating healthy behaviors regardless of weight change since research shows us that health can look different on everyone! Moreover hating on your body or focusing on a number on a scale works, until it doesn't work
and causes more harm (the scale is not a behavior!). When you practice being kind to your current body, rather than the body you hope you have one day, that's when the magic happens to make sustainable changes.
When learning to eat intuitively people may lose weight, gain weight or stay the same. No one can tell you what your body will do or look like when it’s listening to what it needs. This can be scary for people who are used to a life of dieting, but think about this, diets are a significant predictor of weight gain and yo-yo dieting can increase disease risk independently.
The process of intuitive eating helps bring the self-esteem, body confidence and satisfaction with life that you falsely believed dieting and weight loss would bring. Diet culture has broken trust with ourselves, which intuitive eating fixes. It helps you learn that you know exactly what to eat, when to eat, and what you need without relying on rules.
There are over 120 evidence based studies on intuitive eating. Some of the findings include associations between intuitive eating and:
▪️Higher self esteem
▪️Higher satisfaction with life
▪️Better body image
▪️Decreased rates of disordered eating
▪️Decreased rates of emotional and binge eating
▪️Higher HDL cholesterol
▪️Lower body mass indexes
▪️Improved glucose in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes
▪️Greater motivation to exercise when focus is on enjoyment rather than guilt or appearance
So, if dieting has left you feeling preoccupied with food and negatively impacting your life, then what do you have to lose with giving something new a try?