When’s the last time you indulged without feeling guilty? Can you differentiate between what kind of food your body wants versus what it needs? Well, by incorporating intuitive eating into your lifestyle, you can learn to be more conscious about your food choices.
So how exactly does it work? Is it worth trying? We break everything down below.
What is intuitive eating?
Intuitive eating is more than a wellness trend. Unlike a common diet, “Intuitive eating is about trusting your inner body wisdom to make choices around food that feel good in your body, without judgment and without influence from diet culture,” says Aaron Flores, a registered dietitian nutritionist. It’s about learning your own hunger cues to understand when you’re hungry and when you’re full. It sounds simple, but it’s a challenging practice to implement depending on your relationship to your body and food.
How do you eat intuitively?
“The hunger-fullness scale is a useful tool to help you begin to pay more attention to what variations in hunger levels and fullness levels feel like to you. Check in with yourself before a meal or snack, partway through eating, and as you finish eating. It can be helpful to keep a journal and track your feelings of hunger and fullness so that you start to be more conscious of how your body is feeling,” recommends nationally-recognized dietitian Alissa Rumsey.
Who should try it?
The simple answer? Everyone. However, if you have a history of eating disorders, be aware that this is not a diet and there’s no predicted outcome of losing, gaining, or maintaining weight. While the experience is different for everyone, ultimately, it’s about connecting the food you eat with your mind and body.
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xx, The FabFitFun Team