Intuitive Eating

What is Intuitive Eating?

To define Intuitive eating, it may be easier to tell you what it isn't before telling you what it is.

It is NOT putting foods into "good" and "bad" categories

It is NOT a DIET!

It is NOT about Low Carb, Intermittent Fasting, Keto, Paleo, etc.

What it is...Not fearing food, honoring our bodies in how we eat. It focuses on shifting the mindset from a "Diet" mentality to a guide for what your body needs at any given time. It brings FREEDOM in the act of eating. (Imagine Mel Gibson, aka: William Wallace in Bravehart stating: "It's all for nothing if you don't have freedom")

created by two dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in 1995. Intuitive Eating is a weight-inclusive, evidence-based model with a validated assessment scale and over 100 studies to date.

It’s a personal and dynamic process, which includes 10 principles:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality

  2. Honor Your Hunger

  3. Make Peace with Food

  4. Challenge the Food Police

  5. Respect Your Fullness

  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor

  7. Honor Your Feelings without Using Food

  8. Respect Your Body

  9. Exercise—Feel the Difference

  10. Honor Your Health with Gentle Nutrition

Read more about the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating.

The principles work in two key ways:

  1. By helping you cultivate attunement to the physical sensations that arise from within your body to get both your biological and psychological needs met and

  2. Removing the obstacles and disruptors to attunement, which usually come from the mind in the form of rules, beliefs, and thoughts.

The process of Intuitive Eating is a practice, which honors both physical and mental health. Intuitive Eating is aligned with Health at Every Size, because the pursuit of intentional weight loss is a failed paradigm, which creates health problems: including weight stigma, weight cycling, and eating disorders. All bodies deserve dignity and respect.

Evelyn Tribole

Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S is an award-winning dietitian with a counseling practice specializing in eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, and celiac disease in Newport Beach, California. Contact Evelyn here:

Have you ever heard the saying: "Eat to Live or Live to Eat?" Well, I tend to fall into that 2nd one: live to eat. I have a passion for food - "good and bad food" Truth be told, my favorite food is probably pizza closely followed by chocolate chip cookies.

Now I don't make it a habit of having pizza and cookies 3 nights a week, but I do indulge with very little guilt if any because I'm following intuitive eating. Meaning I eat healthy 75-80% of the time so I don't feel bad when I have what some may call a "Cheat" meal.

If you are looking for that "Healthy" balance and wondering what to eat that 75-80% then let me know, I'll be happy to guide you or refer you to a nutritionist who can help.

Finally, I would love to know what are your "guilty pleasures" when it comes to eating?

Faithful Fitness Trainer,

Michelle Long, ISSA CPT

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