Ever heard of intuitive eating? Here’s a quick guide on everything you need to know about this simple but life-changing approach to food!
There are countless fad diets out there that are either unsustainable over a longer period of time, or simply don’t work. Calorie counting, restricting foods, limiting when you can eat…none of this delivers lasting results. Beyond that, doing any of these things often adds extra stress to our daily lives.
If you’re as frustrated as we are about dieting (and the damaging culture around it), we’re here to introduce you to a new, much more mindful approach to food: intuitive eating. Here’s everything you need to know!
What is Intuitive Eating?
In short, intuitive eating is centered around trusting your own instincts when it comes to food – and not using diet culture to guide your decisions.
Rather than limiting what or when you eat, intuitive eating is all about listening to your body. We all experience natural cues that tell us when we’re full, when we’re hungry, and what fuel our body needs. However, when we’re deep in diet culture, we often tune those cues out, instead choosing to stick to the rules of the diet we’re on – regardless of how our body reacts.
Paying attention to the intelligence of our body helps us do what’s best for us, rather than blindly following the rules of a specific diet (which may not even work for our unique needs!). You eat when you’re hungry, you reach for the foods that fuel you, and you stop when you’re full. It’s that simple!
What’s also amazing about intuitive eating is that it’s easy. If you decide to try intuitive eating, you’ll feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. There’s no more pressure to follow strict guidelines and fret over what you can and can’t eat. Simply listen to what your body needs, and follow its natural cues!
While it can take some time and effort to break out of the diet mindset, this can do wonders for not only your physical health, but also your mental wellbeing.
The Connection Between Intuitive Eating and Weight
Let’s make this important note: intuitive eating isn’t centered around weight loss. Instead, it’s more focused on making the eating decisions that are right for your specific needs. That said, many people find that this way of approaching food helps them target their weight goals. This is largely because it’s easier to stick with long term, and helps you make healthier choices on a consistent basis.
Many people get in a vicious cycle with fad diets. They may end up losing some weight initially, but find themselves gaining it right back after just a few years (or less!). This is in part due to the fact that doing things like limiting calories or restricting foods isn’t something that any of us can stick with in the long term.
With diets, you aren’t tuning in to what your body actually needs. You’re using outer influences to make eating habit decisions that are likely making you feel worse, even if you lose some initial weight.
While the ultimate goal of intuitive eating may not be weight loss, you’ll end up feeling healthier and happier by listening to what your body needs. With this mindful approach to eating, you’ll also find more ease when it comes to managing a healthy weight over the long-term, rather than getting stuck in the dangerous yo-yo cycle.
How Superfoods Can Help
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