What is Intuitive Eating?


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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Juliet Kuehnle, MS, NCC, LPC
Juliet Lam Kuehnle is a licensed professional counselor. She specializes in helping all ages with eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, picky eating, grief & loss, mood disorders, trauma, and with the LGBTQ population. She also works with lots of middle and high schoolers to help them navigate their challenges and stressors. She is trained in EMDR therapy and uses this often with trauma, phobias, anxiety, and other areas in which clients feel stuck. She spends her free time with her husband and two young daughters, watching Duke basketball & golf, and in the music scene!


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