Principles of Intuitive Eating Part 2

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.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you! I have never heard of intuitive eating. Such a revelation in many ways. Thank you for this great share.😊

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome. It is a beneficial practice in the realm of mindful eating.


      1. Absolutely, I have been doing this practice for most of my life. I did not know it had a name. I just assumed everyone did it. Thank you.

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      2. GS says:

        Most welcome.

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  2. Hagios Akins says:

    This is helpful. Thank you!

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    1. GS says:

      There are many benefits of intuitive eating. You can detect – and honor – hunger cues. You are able to notice when your body feels hunger, and honor that hunger by feeding it. Even if it’s late at night, or it’s “only” been X hours since your last meal, or if you think you already ate enough today – you trust your body when it tells you it’s hungry.


  3. c.f. leach says:

    You never cease to amaze me with some of the information you come up with. Thanx!

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you 🙏🏼

      Some of the concepts of intuitive eating have been around at least since the early 1970s, though the term wasn’t coined until 1995. Emerging research suggests that intuitive eating is linked to healthier attitudes toward food and self-image, as well as that it can be learned through interventions.


  4. gpavants says:


    So true. Taking time to enjoy the food and the company makes eating a healthy experience.

    Merry Christmas

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    1. GS says:

      Most of my meals are usually either rushed, on the go, or involve talking to someone while I’m eating, whether it’s my family or someone I’m meeting for lunch or dinner. I’m sure you can relate to having eaten a bunch of food and not really tasted it — that happens a lot. As the pace of our lives keeps increasing, so does the pace at which we consume food — faster, faster, faster. At my first silent breakfast in Kripalu I experienced the total pleasure of mindful eating and understood for the first time why this concept has been gaining traction during the last few years.

      The idea itself is rooted in Buddhism and is essentially a form of meditation with food. Some Buddhist practices of mindful eating involve giving students a few raisins and instructing them to take 10 or 20 minutes to eat them — and to truly experience the taste, smell, and sensation of every bite. Mindful eating is not a diet or a prescription of what to eat, and it’s actually a really simple idea.

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