What is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive eating is a framework to guide you back to eating intuitively, feel at peace with food and have confidence in your body. It acknowledges that eating is a complex interplay of instinct, emotion and thought. We develop understanding and trust in all these areas.
How does dieting hurt us?
Intuitive eating is anti-diet. Research into dieting shows not only that it doesn't work, but also that it causes harm. Largely this research is based on 'sensible' diets guided by health professionals. Long term side effects from dieting include:
The majority of dieters gain back the weight (and often more) after dieting. It is not because of willpower or poor dietary habits but rather our body's innate biological and psychological responses to the famine (diet).
Obsessive and constant food cravings, emotional eating and binge eating are extremely common side-effects of dieting. Often we blame the food itself and try further to restrict but this just drives this cycle further.
Poor mental health
A constant focus on weight loss or perfect eating leads to a low or erratic mood, irritability, poor focus, less participation in social events, less connection with others and reduced passion in other areas of life.
Your purpose in life is not to shrink your body
Imagine if all the time and energy that goes into thinking about how you can shrink your body was put into a dream or passion. What could you achieve?
We live in a diet culture. This means we are surrounded by messages from all around, both subtle and blatant, that tell us our value and worth in this world is tied to our weight and food choices.
But, how does the pursuit of weight loss or perfect eating really improve your health or your life? We can focus directly on the things we are promised weight loss will give us such as health, confidence and a positive relationship with food and body.
It's time to let go of these unrealistic ideals, find trust with your body and understand its messages. It's time to work WITH your body, not against it.
Benefits of Intuitive Eating
Intuitive eating was developed in 1995 based on research. Since then there has been over 130 studies directly on the intuitive eating framework showing amazing physical and mental health benefits including:
Improved body acceptance
While dieting (and pursuing weight loss) actually leads to worsened body image, intuitive eating improves our understanding, appreciation, confidence in our bodies.
Reduced binge eating
Intuitive eaters have lower binge eating, emotional eating and loss-of-control eating plus they feel more at peace with food and get more pleasure from food.
Higher life satisfaction
Intuitive eaters are shown to have higher wellbeing and optimism, coping skills, psychological hardiness, self regard as well as overall improved life satisfaction.
Health at Every Size
Intuitive eating is Health at Every Size (HAES) aligned. This simply means I focus on your health and wellbeing from a holistic perspective. I will not assume your health, worth or lifestyle based on your weight and will never tell you to change your body.
I know weight can feel important and I will explore weight with you, both from a societal and scientific perspective. I will help you navigate weight concerns while focusing on the things that will really improve your health and life.
The truth is, health is complex. There are many factors that affect our health. Some we have some control over while many are completely outside of our control such as genetics and our environment.
When we focus on weight, or solely on food and exercise, we are missing or even worsening the other important areas of health and wellbeing such as stress, self worth and cultural connection.
"I want to learn to eat intuitively but I know I need to lose weight for my health. What should I do?"
I completely get it, so I've prepared a video to explore deeper into one of the most common questions I get regarding intuitive eating.
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