Intuitive Eating

What is Intuitive Eating?

​Intuitive Eating is based on the premise that diets do not work in the long term (research has found that approximately 95% of all people who go on a diet regain the weight within 3-5 years, and approximately two thirds regain more weight than they lost in the first place). Intuitive eating is a way to replace diet mentality by tuning into and respecting hunger and fullness signals. The aim is to provide the body with sufficient energy without feeling uncomfortable from overeating or under-eating.  Intuitive eating also encourages exercise for pleasure and health rather than for weight loss, and acceptance and compassion for bodies at their current size.

What does Intuitive Eating involve?

The intuitive eating program devised by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch sets out ten steps to becoming an intuitive eater:

  1. Reject the diet mentality. Accept that diets don't work long term and commit to a more sustainable approach to eating.

  2. Honour your hunger. Learn to recognise your hunger signals and honour these by eating.

  3. Make peace with food. Allow all foods and give yourself unconditional permission to eat what you crave.

  4. Challenge the 'food police'. Recognise and challenge the food rules you may be holding.

  5. Feel your fullness. Learn to recognise your fullness signals and respect these by stopping eating.

  6. Discover the satisfaction factor. Eat the foods that truly satisfy you.

  7. Cope with your feelings without using food.

  8. Respect your body - learn body acceptance.

  9. Exercise and feel the difference.

  10. Honour your health through gentle nutrition.

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