It goes without saying that I am extremely excited about this blog post. Like, so excited it will probably be longer than you want to read. But bear with me, I promise it’s worth your time!
Intuitive eating is something I practice daily and wish more people knew about and implemented into their lifestyle as well. It has completely changed my attitude around food and allowed me to live a life full of freedom and enjoyment. So what is intuitive eating and where did it come from?
What is it?
Intuitive eating is a way of eating that focuses on a mindfulness-based approach, allowing you to tune into your body’s needs and avoid restricting certain foods entirely or completely overdoing it. In a nutshell, it is eating when you are hungry, stopping when you are full. Sounds pretty simple...right? Unfortunately, our culture and current food climate has not allowed the majority of people to do that. We are either told we need to totally cut out certain foods because they are “bad”, or go way overboard because “life is short, have a cookie”. Well, neither of these mindsets really work, and I’m sure most of you have figured that out after falling off your latest New Year’s diet craze as we head into February.
How did it start?
The term “intuitive eating” was first introduced by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, two registered dietitians with years of experience who co-authored their now-famous book Intuitive Eating, A Revolutionary Program That Works. It was originally published in 1995 and now has been updated to the 4th edition, used by dietitians all over the country who want to practice an intuitive, mindfulness-based approach with their clients. They have a great website that gives more background into their lives and explains everything you would ever want to know about intuitive eating. I encourage you to check it out! Within the book there is a lot of awesome advice about beginning and maintaining your intuitive eating journey, but there are 10 key principles Evelyn and Elyse have come up with to help the average consumer get a handle on the concept. I have added my own two cents after listing each principle:
Hopefully this has been a good intro to intuitive eating that causes you to stop and think about what mentality you truly want to pursue. I am very eager to learn more as I get further in my education and pursue the path to being the best dietitian I can be!