Hi everyone! It’s Wellness Wednesday again and time for another question. These questions are to help us take stock of where we are with various dimensions of our wellness and decide what, if any, steps we need to take to improve. This week, we’re going to take a look at whether we’re intuitive eaters or if we’re on that Diet Rollercoaster we can’t seem to get off of.
On Monday, we talked about getting off the Diet Rollercoaster with Intuitive Eating. I can’t tell you how many clients I worked with over the years who had gone from diet to diet, trying to find that ‘magic pill’ that was going to help them lose weight and keep it off for good. That’s the trouble with diets — people often see great success initially, but they’re not able to sustain the restrictions in calories and/or certain foods.
What we really need is a healthier relationship with food. We need to stop viewing food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, learn (or re-learn) to listen to our bodies, and stop punishing ourselves for our perceived failures around eating behaviors. Intuitive eating is a way to help us do that.
As Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch say in their book, Intuitive Eating,
Notice they mention inner hunger signals, eating whatever we choose, and not experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma. In other words, if we eat intuitively, we eat when we’re physically hungry, we make choices about what we eat, and we don’t feel guilty or feel we’re doing something “bad” if we choose to eat something that isn’t what we would consider healthy.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
Isn’t it time we start having a healthy relationship with food? Learning to eat intuitively can help us learn to eat to fuel our bodies while learning to really enjoy our food again.
Do you consider yourself an intuitive eater? If so, what do you find most helpful in getting/staying in touch with your body’s hunger signals? If not, what do you think of the idea of intuitive eating? Please share!
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Intuitive Eating, A Revolutionary Program That Works, 2nd ed, 2003, Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A., St. Martin’s Press, New York, New York