What is “Intuitive Eating” ?
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, intuitive eating is about trusting your body to make food choices that feel good for you, without judging yourself or the influence of diet culture.
In simple terms, all you have to do is “Listen to your body. Understand real hunger cramps . Eat when you’re hungry and stop just before when you are full.”
Intuitive eating has been shown to have both physical and emotional health benefits, according to Hartley.
- Improved cholesterol levels.
- Lower rates of emotional and disordered eating.
- Better body image.
- Higher self-esteem.
- Reduced stress.
- Improved metabolism.
- Higher levels of contentment and satisfaction.
What can Intuitive Eating help you gain?
It helps you transition from feeling overwhelmed in your eating habits and self care, to becoming a mindful eater from. Also it will teach you to:
- Confidence and trust in your body. I know how it feels to not be on a diet, the thought alone can be scary. But I promise that once you learn to listen- everything changes.
- Improve your relationship with food overall- no more restricting or avoiding foods that you have unconsciously avoided because they have been deemed ‘bad’ or said to cause weight gain. We’ll break the dieting mindset by being mindful of how your body responds and what you truly want and need overall.
- Becoming mindful of not only your hunger and fullness, and overall food choices, but also your thoughts and behavior around your body and learning to move out of enjoyment.
Why Should you adapt Intuitive Eating?
If you’ve spent years restricting and/or bingeing, your body weight may shift to its natural set point weight once you are more attuned with your nutritional needs, and that change can go either way on the scale. With intuitive eating, this is all seen as neutral and not judged as a good or bad thing.