Intuitive eating is considered a healthy approach to food intake. It allows you to heal from food stigmas caused by chronic dieting. Intuitive eating is said to be normal, healthy eating as it should be. We were born to eat intuitively, but somehow this natural way to enjoy food got lost in all the rules and restrictions surrounding our diet. The great news is that getting back to intuitive eating is possible for everyone. Understanding the philosophy of intuitive eating will be the first step to eating this way.
Here are a few principles of Intuitive Eating :
- Challenge the food police. These police are often the voices in your head that tell you that you’re “good” for eating so many calories in a day or “bad” because you ate your forbidden food. These thoughts monitor the unreasonable and unrealistic rules that diet culture has created.
- Respect your fullness. Be aware of and listen for the cues that your body will give you when it is no longer hungry. Recognise the signs that your body gives when you’re satisfied. Take some time wile you are eating a meal and indulge yourself in the sensation of taste.
- Discover satisfaction factor – When you are free to eat what you want, in a healthy environment free of shame and guilt, the experience itself can be a huge factor in feeling satisfied and content with food. Experiencing food in this way takes much less food to decide that you are content and satisfied.