Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your mind, body, and food, where you ultimately become the expert of your own body.
You learn how to identify between physical and emotional feelings, and gain a sense of self-confidence through body wisdom.
It’s also a process of making peace with the relationship towards food—so that you no longer have constant “food-related anxiety” thoughts. It’s knowing that your health and your worth as a person do not change, because you ate a food that you had labeled as “bad” or “fattening”.
The underlying premise of Intuitive Eating is learning to respond to your inner body signal cues, because you were born with all the wisdom you need for eating intuitively. On the surface, this may sound simplistic, but can be rather complex.
This inner wisdom is often clouded by years of dieting and food illusions that abound in the culture. Give yourself unconditional love and permission to eat.
When you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a selective food, it can lead to intense feelings of detriment that build into unmanageable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally cave – in to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, resulting in overeating, and overwhelming guilt.
Honor where you are at. Find ways to comfort, nurture, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own moderation. Food does not fix any of these feelings either does alcohol and other alter substances.
Intuitive eating is a philosophy of eating that makes you the ace of your body and its signals. It teaches that you are the best person – the only person – to make new loving and healthy choices.