Intuitive eating is a philosophy of eating that says you are the expert of your own body.
You get to decide what is best for it – not some external diet or meal plan.
Your personal preferences, how you handle stress, your schedule, and your body’s unique physiology are all things that you need to investigate and become an expert on. Intuitive eating may not work for everyone, but many of its guiding principles can easily be implemented into your program.
Principle 1: Ditch The Diet Mentality
Relying on a diet to provide you with the exact nutrition plan for your complex body and emotions without any input into that decision-making can actually disconnect you from the wisdom of your own mind and body.
Principle 2: Honor Your Hunger
Hunger is a NORMAL biological process that should not be ignored. Respond to early signs of hunger by feeding your body. When we are too hungry, we tend to resort to less healthy eating behaviors
Principle 3: Make Peace With Food
If you are anything like me, you don’t like to be told you “can’t” do something. When you tell yourself you can’t or shouldn’t have something, it makes you want it more! Ask yourself how CAN you have something you really want and still honor your health and body? Have a small slice cake or a glass of wine and enjoy it. Eat healthier foods the rest of the day. Don’t have the whole cake or bottle.
Principle 4: Say No To Good or Bad Foods
Foods are not good or bad. And we are not good or bad for eating them. EVER!!
Principles 5: Respect Your Fullness
As you are eating, check in with yourself to see how hungry or full you are feeling.
If you are unsure, aim to eat to about 80% full. Then ask yourself if you could wait 20 minutes to eat to decide if you are still hungry.
Principle 6: Discover the Satisfaction Factor
Eating is fuel for our body and promotes health, but it is also an enjoyable and social experience. When you eat food that tastes good in an enjoyable environment, you will feel satisfied and content with the experience and not need more food to satisfy you.
Principle 7: Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food
Food won’t fix feelings. It may comfort or cover them up for a short time, but it won’t solve the problem.
When you learn to process emotions and feel the hunger and cravings so that you are not constantly resisting and reacting to them, your environment is nothing your mind cannot overcome.
This is what “tuning into your body” is all about.
Principle 8: Respect Your Body
Rather than criticizing your body, respect and appreciate all that it does for you.
Principle 9: Exercise—Move!
Find ways to move your body that you enjoy. The body was meant to move! Shift the focus from losing weight or extreme exercise to the enjoyment of being able to move our bodies.
Principle 10: Honor Your Health
You don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. The goal is not perfection! One meal or snack isn’t going to make or break your health. it is what you do consistently, over time that matters.
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Source: From the book Intuitive Eating