What is Intuitive Eating?

At Mind Body Well, our clinicians use a number of different therapeutic approaches when working with our clients. One of these approaches is Intuitive Eating.

So what is Intuitive Eating?

Whilst Intuitive Eating is currently receiving a lot of attention, the approach has actually been around for quite a while. It is a mind-body health approach that was created by two registered Dietitians from the USA, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, back in 1995. 

Intuitive Eating often forms part of a non-diet approach, and the approach involves listening and responding to the signals and cues from your body in order to meet your physical, mental and emotional needs, as a gentle way of taking care of your health. It’s a way of eating that doesn’t require a prescribed diet or a meal plan, and it doesn’t involve an exertion of discipline or willpower.

Intuitive Eating is about getting back to your roots and learning to trust your body. And it’s important to mention that Intuitive Eating is weight-inclusive - in other words, Intuitive Eating is not an approach that is used to facilitate weight loss, but rather the focus is on mind-body wellbeing.

Intuitive Eating involves the following 10 principles:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality

  2. Honour Your Hunger

  3. Make Peace with Food

  4. Challenge the Food Police

  5. Respect Your Fullness

  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor

  7. Honour Your Feelings Without Using Food

  8. Respect Your Body

  9. Exercise—Feel the Difference

  10. Honour Your Health

You can learn more about these 10 principles on the Intuitive Eating webpage here.

Collectively these principles are designed to encourage body awareness, and to assist in removing the obstacles to connecting with your body.

Like all the treatment approaches used at Mind Body Well, Intuitive Eating is evidenced based. There is a growing body of research supporting Intuitive Eating as an approach that has shown the following outcomes: 

  • Lower rates of emotional eating

  • Lower rates of disordered eating

  • Improved body image

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Proactive and productive coping skills

  • Improved HDL cholesterol levels

  • Reduced Triglyceride levels 

  • Overall increased satisfaction with life

If you would like help to reconnect with your body’s signals to guide your eating, fill in the New Client Request form at the link below, and we will be in touch to get you started with one of our Dietitians.

 
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This article was written by Nina Mills. Nina is a Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, at Mind Body Well.