What is Intuitive Eating? | Psych in 60

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What is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive Eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to your body’s natural hunger and fullness cues is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight or trust your body just as it is rather than tracking calories, fats, sugars, or even food intake.

It is getting rid of all of the learned messages and getting back to a healthy and normalized relationship with food and your mind and body — where you ultimately become and remain the expert of your own body, just as it should be.

You learn how to distinguish between physical and emotional feelings and gain a sense of body wisdom to trust when you’re actually hungry and when you’re satisfied.

It’s also a process of making peace with food so that you no longer have “food worry” thoughts or guilt.

It’s knowing that your health and your worth as a person do not change based on your size, weight, shape, or what you eat.

There is freedom and acceptance in knowing what you need for YOU and the research shows improved psychological health, self-esteem, body image, and quality of life when one eats intuitively.

Next time, we will discuss the 10 main principles of Intuitive Eating to help you get back to this natural process.

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