Table full of food with text overlay: WW Question - Intuitive Eating

WW Question – Intuitive Eating

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,

“Intuitive Eaters march to their inner hunger signals, and eat whatever they choose without experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma.”

Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, 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:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads, Am I an intuitive eater, on the diet rollercoaster, or somewhere in between? Are there changes I need to make in my attitude toward food and eating? What's one thing I can do to get back in touch with my inner intuitive eater?

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!

Blessings,

~Terri

Sharing is caring! Please pin for later:

Various snack foods with text overlay: Wellness Wednesday Question: Intuitive Eating

 

Source:

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

20 comments

  1. I’ve surprised myself yesterday by weighing! and I have lost 15 pounds, nowif I cut out my snacking I could get much closer to my goal of another 15-25 pounds. I eat pretty healthy. Having meals deliveried has reall ymade the difference. I can pick lower calorie meals and none of them are reall yhigh in calories. Great post.

  2. I think for me, I’ve been trying to eat what I think is best for me health wise but I guess I need to start to eating foods my body is craving for and not reject it. When our bodies crave for something, even if it’s not good, we should listen cause maybe it has something that is lacking in our system at that moment.

    1. Thanks for sharing Mark! Sometimes our bodies really do know best…. I used to always tell my clients if were really craving something to go ahead and eat a little bit of it. What often happens when we’re craving something and we try to eat something we consider “better for us” to fulfill that craving, is that we eat more than we would have if we had just gone ahead and eaten what we were craving. Moderation really is one of the keys to having a healthy relationship with food.

  3. We are in the midst of packing and moving. While it is exciting, we are often too exhausted to cook at the end of the day. This week has been particularly bad – pizza, thai, food truck. My body is begging for healthier food.

    1. I remember those days…. As a military family, we moved every few years, and during the moving process, we got sick of eating out. Our bodies really do crave the foods we need when they’re deprived of them, don’t they? I’m really excited for you, and hope your move continues to go well. Sending hugs your way!

  4. It’s something I’m definitely still working on. I find it’s complicated by health issues, particularly of late, but I’m doing better than I used to. It’s interesting to read what others think about it, too. Do you find intuitive eating difficult, Terri? Oddly enough my dad is excellent at it, my mum too. Not sure why I veered so far off track compared to them but there we go. It’s not as great with my dad only eating what he wants when he wants now though – I keep telling him he needs to eat more of what’s good for him (trying to lower his high BP!), eat things while they’re in date, eat what we have in because I can’t keep going out every day given the pandemic. I now see that intuitive eating isn’t always the best option but I’d happily get just a little closer towards it if I can.xx

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Caz! At its core, Intuitive Eating is about eating when we’re hungry, stopping when we’re full, letting our bodies tell us what they need, and not feeling guilty when we don’t eat perfectly all the time. I used to find it extremely easy to eat intuitively – I was a grazer, eating small amounts quite a few times a day. Now that I have so many tummy issues I find it much harder, because on days my stomach is bothering me, I really don’t want anything but bland, starchy carbs. I also have to be careful not to allow myself to get too hungry because it causes pain, so I tend to eat more than I used to. I’m working on paying more attention to my hunger and satiety signals. As you said, intuitive eating isn’t always the best option, especially if your intuition is “off” due to a history of disordered eating, emotional eating, medical issues, etc. And unfortunately, the food companies don’t make it easy for us to want the things that are good for us because they know just how to target our taste buds to make us want the things that aren’t as healthful for us. You brought up a great point about needing to eat what we have at home now too. We try to only go out for groceries every two weeks or so. I hope your Dad will cooperate with you on that; I know how difficult going out for shopping is for you. I hope you’re starting to feel better, at least closer to your baseline. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  5. I’m not an intuitive eater at all.
    But there is some interesting reasearch being done at the moment with hormonal eating & the foods that increase this hypothesis.
    How are you fairing now Terri after your flare?
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. Thanks for sharing Jennifer! There seems to be a lot of interest right now around eating and hormones. I’ll be “attending” a virtual conference later this month and I’m interested to know if they’ll be addressing it. Thanks for asking how I’m doing. I’m doing well, thanks. How are you feeling? Has your flare subsided any? Sending gentle hugs your way sweet friend!

      1. I have found it a hot topic in my professional field too Terri, as of course what we eat or don’t eat has an effect upon our emotions & behavior as do our hormones of course!
        Glad you’re feeling a little better Terri. I’m still being challenged although did have a few days of reprieve last week 🙂

  6. I really love this series, Terri. In all sincerity, I think you are helping a whole lot of people come to understand their relationship with food. It’s a complicated relationship if we follow the ‘rules of culture,’ because as you said, it’s “good vs. bad food.” God never created food to be seen in this way. We need it to live, and when we are eating correctly, we can live well!

    I would say that I probably am an intuitive eater now. Years ago, I was anything but. Growing up, I learned extremely poor health habits. My family ranged from morbid obesity to nearly anorexic, counting every calorie. I saw everything from diabetes, heart disease, strokes, cancers, mental health disorders, chronic pain, chronic inflammation, on and on. It was and is tragic, honestly.

    Nowadays, I eat if/when I’m hungry. As you are well aware, sometimes we are just dehydrated and that ‘hunger’ pang may be a craving for more of that good ol’ H20! I also try to be mindful about what I put in my body without being overly critical. It can be a tough hill to climb though, undoing all the negative banter we’ve been fed for so long. Far too often, I feel slightly guilty for choosing something that isn’t exactly “healthy.” What isn’t healthy is guilt and the stress it brings with it!

    Thank you for sharing yet another amazing post, Terri. You help so many people. I’m sending my love your way. How are you doing? 🤗

    1. Thank you so much for sharing Holly! Isn’t it unfortunate that we’ve taken something wonderful (food) that God gave us and turned it into something it was never meant to be? So many people suffer needlessly because we’ve constructed those narratives around “good” and “bad” foods, and what it means if we eat them. We do need to make healthier choices and eat real food – not food-like substances – but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up when we enjoy things just for the sake of enjoying them or have that occasional junk food snack. Thank you once again for your exceptionally kind words sweet friend. Sending love and hugs your way!

  7. Great post, I have started eating much more veggie food. I realised when we go out to dinner I always go for the veggie option.
    Recently we’ve had a friend staying who is a vegetarian so I’ve had come up with new ideas which don’t include meat and loving it.
    Definitely agree with you on diets, they should be banned it’s about lifestyle not fads! 😘

    1. Thanks so much Charlie! I really enjoy veggies too. We eat some red meat, but our proteins are mostly fish or chicken. I’m trying to incorporate more strictly plant-based meals for my hubby and me, mostly to make sure we’re getting plenty of veggies. I’m glad I have someone who agrees about the diet thing. I just feel they can set us up for disordered eating and problems around our eating opportunities. After all, the first three letters are D-I-E.😊 Blessings to you!

      1. And to you and your hubby 🙏 Love the analogy of the 3 letters lol. Just love fish had a whole Sea-bass last night with ginger, chilli and garlic dressing hmm hmm! 😀

Please tell me what you think!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.