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 :
- Honor your feelings without food. You need to find ways to feel your feelings and deal with them without using food. We all experience negative emotions in this life: anxiety, fear, anger, loneliness, and boredom. Each emotion will have its own trigger, and each individual has their own way of comforting each negative feeling. Food can not and will not fix or satisfy these emotions.
- Respect your body. Accept the fact that you have a genetic build up that might just not be able to look duper thin and fit or whatever your ideal body image is. Your body has a natural and comfortable weight that it can easily maintain. It is uncomfortable and takes an unbelievable amount of work to force your body to be smaller than it was created to be.
- Exercise. Feel the difference. Get rid of the crazy exercise plans that have you kicking your butt every day, every week. Just get active in fun and exciting ways, and feel the difference that it makes in your body. Shift your mindset to how exercise makes your body feel.
- Honor your health. Making food choices that honour your body, taste buds, and health will overall effect how you feel, about your body and about food. Consistency is the biggest factor in your diet.