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  • Writer's pictureDr. Emma Furze ND

Intuitive Eating – Time to Ditch Diet Culture for Good

Are you tired of dieting and feeling trapped in a cycle of restriction and guilt around food? It's time to break free and discover the joy of intuitive eating! Intuitive eating is a revolutionary approach to nutrition that focuses on listening to your body and honoring its unique needs. It's not a diet, but rather a lifestyle that promotes food freedom, body acceptance, and overall well-being.


Gone are the days of counting calories or following rigid meal plans. Intuitive eating encourages you to trust your body's internal cues and give yourself permission to eat without guilt or shame. Say goodbye to food rules and hello to satisfaction and enjoyment!


One of the key principles of intuitive eating is rejecting diet culture. Diet culture is the pervasive belief that thinness equals health and worthiness, and it perpetuates harmful messaging around food and body image. Intuitive eating empowers you to challenge these harmful beliefs and develop a healthy relationship with food that is free from guilt, shame, and judgment.


Listening to your body is at the heart of intuitive eating. Your body knows best what it needs, and by tuning in and listening to its cues, you can make informed choices about what to eat. Whether it's a growling stomach, a craving for something sweet, or a desire for a nourishing meal, your body is constantly communicating with you. Learning to trust and honor these signals is key to finding food freedom and enjoying a balanced and sustainable approach to nutrition.


What is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive eating is a flexible approach that can be practiced by females of any age. It's not about perfection but rather progress. It's about honoring your body's needs, finding pleasure in eating, and cultivating a positive relationship with food and your body.

So, how can you get started with intuitive eating? Here are some practical tips:

  1. Give yourself permission to eat: Let go of guilt and allow yourself to eat without judgment. Remember that all foods can fit in a balanced diet, and there are no "good" or "bad" foods.

  2. Tune into your hunger and fullness cues: Learn to recognize when you're hungry and when you're comfortably full. Eat mindfully and savor each bite.

  3. Challenge food rules: Question the food rules and beliefs that you've internalized from diet culture. Challenge the notion of "good" and "bad" foods and allow yourself to enjoy a wide variety of foods.

  4. Cultivate self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. Embrace your body as it is and focus on its strengths and abilities, rather than its appearance.

  5. Seek support: Surround yourself with positive influences who promote a healthy relationship with food and body image. Consider working with a registered dietitian or therapist who can provide guidance and support on your intuitive eating journey.

Embrace the liberating and empowering approach of intuitive eating, and rediscover the joy of food freedom. Say goodbye to diet culture and hello to a sustainable, enjoyable, and fulfilling relationship with food and your body. You deserve to nourish yourself with love and respect, so take the first step towards intuitive eating today!


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