Starting the Intuitive Eating Journey

I absolutely love the dietitian community! Especially all of the ladies that join me on this blog! Recently, I have been having a sense of how great it is that we all share the same approach when it comes to nutrition –no dieting, making and sustaining healthy habits, guilt-free eating, and having a good relationship with food. For today’s post I wanted to dive deeper into a journey I have begun, that encompasses the nutrition-approach I just mentioned: Intuitive Eating.

As a dietitian, and I speak for all of us, we get the same questions over and over. “Is this food bad? Is this food good? Should I be intermittent fasting? Well, the Instagram post says this, and Facebook says this…” I personally struggle answering all of these questions! I don’t believe foods should be labeled ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and I don’t believe that following a strict diet is sustainable in the long run.

Here’s how it all started….

I have been listening to a number of podcasts lately including RDRealTalk, Food Psych, Nutrition Matters, and Sounds Bites. Intuitive Eating is frequently mentioned in each of these, which caused be to take a deeper dive into the true meaning of intuition and how I can incorporate it into my personal and professional life. The number one recommendation from these podcasts was to read Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole. Thank you, Amazon for delivering in less than 2 days. The very first thing I noticed was the long list of scientific, evidence-based resources Hallelujah! I love it when RDs write books that are rooted in science.

Book details~

  • Name: Intuitive Eating
  • Authors: Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, AND and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD
  • Purpose: Make Peace with Food, Free yourself from Chronic Dieting Forever, Rediscover the Pleasures of Eating

The book lists out ten concepts and dives deeper into each one.

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality
  2. Honor your Hunger
  3. Make Peace with Food
  4. Challenge the Food Police
  5. Feel your Fullness
  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
  7. Cope with Your Emotions without Using Food
  8. Respect your Body
  9. Exercise-Feel the Difference
  10. Honor your Health with Gentle Nutrition

 

This book lays out how dieting does not work for long-term weight loss and how it stops us from listening to our body. I am just starting to read the book but even as a dietitian, I think we all struggle with aspects of this. Stayed tuned for more insight as I continue learning about Intuitive Eating!

What are your food rules? Comment below with thoughts on Intuitive Eating and Anti-Dieting! Or feel free to reach out if you have questions about the book 🙂

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