Updated: Mar 16
What is Intuitive eating?
Intuitive eating is an eating method that encourages a healthy relationship with food. It promotes body positivity and focuses on recognizing hunger. Intuitive eating involves letting one's internal signals of hunger and satiety guide their eating, rather than external pressures or diet plans. A new meta-analysis found a range of benefits to intuitive eating, including lower rates of eating disorders and higher self-esteem.
Truth is we’re all born intuitive eaters😝 ! As infants, we’re mainly uninterested in the nuances of foods. We eat when we’re hungry. When we’re full and satisfied, we stop (and generally fall asleep: food coma lol). Cognitively, we’re not even really aware of hunger as a concept or that there are choices to fulfill it until much later in the developmental process. We’re also unaware of other people’s opinions about our habits and weight at that age.
The three benefits:
Unlike diets that label foods as “good” or “bad,” intuitive eating focuses on honoring hunger with foods that benefit both physical and mental health. Therefore, it removes judgement around food 💃 >🍏 /🍕
Can be beneficial to your mental health! Can boost your self-confidence by believing in yourself and trusting the food choices you make. Can also reduce stress of having to stick to/ failing to keep on a strict diet or constantly worrying what you are eating, and instead being present and empowered. Lastly, tuning your hunger and satiety cues can help you develop mindfulness and body awareness 💪 🤗
Keeps you grounded and grateful. Our bodies are amazing and super fascinating in how they function, when you stop stressing about doing the “right” thing, you start to appreciate how amazing your body is — just exactly as it is right now, doing what its best and capable at doing! 👏 😋
Over time, intuitive eating makes you more in tune with when you’re hungry, full, and what your cravings are trying to tell you. Therefore, you are more connected with your internal cues.