What is intuitive eating, exactly?

Intuitive eating, at its foundation, is all about trusting your body’s natural hunger and thirst signals (or learning to hear them). We are all born with this natural ability as children, and as adults, we sometimes may need to know how to get it back!

Intuitive eating not only helps you have a better relationship with food, thus ending the diet mentality, but it also helps you get back in tune with your body and what it needs! It is a positive step in the right direction for your physical and mental health.

The Ten Principles of Intuitive Eating are as follows:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality
  2. This involves tossing the diet books and advice that offers you the false hope of losing weight quickly and easily. Reject diet culture that promotes weight loss and the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight.

  3. Honor your Hunger
  4. Keep your body well fed! That’s all there is to it! Let yourself eat when you are hungry, but analyze the reasons why you feel hungry. There may be emotional factors at play. Ruby can help you distinguish between these factors and help you regain your intuitive eating skills!

  5. Make Peace with Food
  6. Stop the food fight! Learn to enjoy eating again, without the guilt!

  7. Challenge the Food Police (read more about Food Police here)
    Don’t let outside sources dictate how you feel about your body!
  8. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
  9. Regain the pleasure in eating again!

  10. Feel your Fullness
  11. Give yourself the foods you enjoy, and keep track of how they make you feel and listen to your body’s signals.

  12. Cope with Your Emotions with Kindness
  13. Begin addressing the emotional and mental reasons behind your eating habits, and treat yourself with kindness. This is what intuitive eating is all about.

  14. Respect Your Body
  15. Be at peace with the way you are now – only then can you begin to work on your health in a meaningful way!

  16. Movement – Feel the Difference
  17. Forget harsh and forced exercise – find activities that you enjoy to keep active! This could be any number of things, from yoga to walking to swimming!

  18. Honor Your Health with Gentle Nutrition
  19. Make food choices that make your body and your taste buds feel good. Intuitive eating is all about gradual progress and self love!

    To learn even more about intuitive eating, click here.

    All of us at Ruby Health and Wellness are equipped and ready to help you learn all about intuitive eating, both the strategies and the benefits, and what it can do for your health. To get started on your intuitive eating journey, contact us today!


How Ruby Can Help

Intuitive eating is body trust and love at the deepest level. The center of intuitive eating is that humans are born deeply in touch with their hunger and fullness cues, and can enjoy eating and optimal health again by paying attention to these cues. 

If you are tired of struggling with yo-yo dieting and feeling discouraged, intuitive eating may be what you have needed all along.

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, your hunger and fullness cues might be long gone. This means that intuitive eating can be a long-term goal for you, but first you’ll need to trust your meal plan, your providers, and your support group to help you tune back into your body. We can help you find these cues again, and with counseling and help through your journey, you’ll have an ally in Ruby! 

Contact us today to get started!

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