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Intuitive Eating Principle 6: Mindful Eating and Satisfaction

Often we're encouraged to make sacrifices when it comes to food satisfaction. We're encouraged to eat for function and eating simply for pleasure can evoke feelings of guilt. However, if we eat foods that are unsatisfying, we can continue searching for satisfaction even though we're no longer hungry. Ever craved chocolate, tried to kill the … Continue reading Intuitive Eating Principle 6: Mindful Eating and Satisfaction

Intuitive Eating Principle 5: Neutralizing your inner food critic

In diet culture, food can be good, bad, naughty, sinful, guilt-free, tempting, a "cheat" meal and so on. We feel virtuous when eating "healthy" and when eating "unhealthy" we feel shame or judgment from our inner food police.   Intuitive eating reminds us that all food is just food. With this principle, we're aiming to develop … Continue reading Intuitive Eating Principle 5: Neutralizing your inner food critic

Intuitive Eating Principle 4: Unconditional Permission to Eat

What does Unconditional Permission to Eat Actually Mean?  It means that we are willing to eat when hungry and not trying to "stave off hunger". It means not feeling that we have to "earn" food. It means that we don't categorize food as good vs bad, healthy vs unhealthy, clean vs junk. Instead, we recognize … Continue reading Intuitive Eating Principle 4: Unconditional Permission to Eat

Intuitive Eating Principle 2: Honour Your Hunger

Hunger is our body's way of telling us it needs food. This may sound weird, but some people are better are feeling their hunger than others. This is called “interoceptive awareness” which means having an ability to feel sensations from our body. Test your own interoceptive awareness:  Close your eyes while sitting down. Can you … Continue reading Intuitive Eating Principle 2: Honour Your Hunger