The No-Nonsense Guide to Intuitive Eating

These simple strategies will start to change the way you eat.

If #healthy eating means calculating calories or feeling guilty about not hitting goals, then forget it. That's diet culture fueling an unhealthy mindset and we can do better for ourselves.

Eating "right" doesn't have to mean an obsession with counting calories, individual macros, or weighing yourself.

“Don’t let the myriad of numbers on any nutrition panel make you feel like food must be categorized into ‘can’ and ‘can’t’ categories, says registered dietitian Claire Chewning.

Rather than relying on calculations and restrictive diets, intuitive eating is a philosophy that advocates for sustainable nourishment.

What is intuitive eating?

  • It challenges diet culture.

  • It promotes food pleasurable, not shameful.

  • It respects all shapes and sizes and specifically your body.

  • It helps you recognize your body’s cues for hunger and appetite.

  • It helps you develop habits through small revisions, without policing your food.

  • helps you break free from food’s control.

  • It encourages you to eat more intentionally than as filler.

  • It helps you see exercise as holistic movement, not just a calorie-burning effect.

You might have reasons to break your habits. But intuitive eating is more just about understanding how food will help you in every way of life.

We all know there’s a lot of dieting talk out in the world, but we’ve got the ultimate guide for you to feel like you are living on your own intuitive nutrition path. You'll learn how one small change at a time can help you create an eating strategy that works for what YOU need.

Explore your habits to craft your intuitive eating philosophy

By becoming aware of what you eat, when you're eating it, why you're eating it, and how certain foods make you feel, you can regulate your diet to meet your individual needs.

Keep a temporary food journal of what you’re eating

Having to track long-term numbers and journaling can be impractical, overwhelming, and even problematic. It is unrealistic to keep track of many numbers and it can be counterproductive when trying to journal for a long time.

“Calorie counting and being extremely meticulous with recording your food can also turn into a disordered eating pattern,” says Catherine Brennan, a registered dietitian. “Rather, the purpose of a food journal is to act as an instrument to help you eat more intuitively.”

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