What is Intuitive Eating?

If diets didn’t exist, intuitive eating would just be called ‘eating.’

But because diet culture does exist, we’ve normalized disordered eating behaviors (such as calorie counting, macro tracking, restriction, labeling foods as “good” or “bad,” etc.) And so once we realize diet culture doesn’t serve us well, we have to unlearn it all, and then learn how to reconnect with our intuition, hunger, and self-trust around food.

The only way to stop dieting forever is by following the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating.

The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating is essentially restoring us to factory setting—how God intended our bodies to be. It’s a mind-body self-care eating framework for (re)learning how to be true to your own body’s nutritional needs (what foods feel good in your body) and mental appetite (what foods sound yummy) without any judgement or any influence from diet culture. Written by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating also help you walk through healing your emotional health and the feelings around your body image that led you to be immersed in diet culture to begin with.

Here are the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating. They do not have to be completed in this order. Everyone’s experience, starting point and journey as they work through these principles is different.

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality
  2. Honor Your Hunger
  3. Make Peace with Food
  4. Challenge the Food Police
  5. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
  6. Feel Your Fullness
  7. Cope with Your Emotions with Kindness
  8. Respect Your Body
  9. Movement—Feel the Difference
  10. Honor Your Health—Gentle Nutrition

Next Steps to Become an Intuitive Eater

A couple of these steps are a bit easier to do independently, but as you get in what I call the “murky middle” of really healing your relationship with food, fitness and body image, I strongly recommend working with a certified professional. I encourage new clients to start with Gain Wellness to learn how to reject the diet mentality, but the hard work happens best during 1:1 sessions with me. I offer free 15-minute phone calls to help you get started and determine your next steps for becoming an intuitive eater.

Schedule your free call today!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Love Yourself Towards Healthy where she helps chronic dieters heal their relationship with food, fitness and body image. She is also the creator of Gain Wellness, a 5-week behavioral change program to unlearn diet culture, stop negative self-talk and set wellness goals---not appearance goals. Follow Meridith at @loveyourself2healthy on all social channels.

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