You might have heard about Intuitive Eating through social media and the latest glossy magazines. It’s the most up-to-date way to deal with food and dieting and people all over the world are adopting it as an alternative to diet culture, and we’ve created an app (download here) to complement it.
Intuitive eating is a way of eating that has nothing to do with diets, meal plans, discipline or willpower. It’s about getting back to your roots, learning to trust your body again and developing a healthy relationship with food.
Intuitive eating was developed by dieticians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch after they realised that their clients who had previously done so well restricting their diet and losing weight, had fallen off the diet wagon and regained all and sometimes more of the weight that they had lost.
They started researching diet culture and realised that whilst many of us lose weight short-term on a diet, long-term, these diets do not work and we regain our weight and also gain an unhealthy relationship with food.
They found that when we restrict our diet in any way, our body and mind rebels, it wants more of what it’s missing out on and as a result, we can get into a cycle of bingeing after a diet. In short, dieting often evolves into a disordered way of eating and thinking about eating.
Intuitive Eating is an antidote and our intuitive eating android app might be a helpful way to get started.
Please note that disordered eating is different from an eating disorder.
Disordered eating describes a range of irregular eating behaviors which are less severe and less frequent than occur within an eating disorder. Disordered eating is a descriptive phrase, not a diagnosis.
Eating disorders have strict criteria set out by medical manuals. If you’re confused about
the difference or are worried that you have an eating disorder, please speak with your GP first. Intuitive Eating is not a treatment for Eating Disorders.
The intuitive eating app is designed to help you learn some of the Intuitive Eating basics. It is not an exhaustive course in how to adopt the Intuitive Eating approach. It is designed as a complement to two much more complete Intuitive Eating guides:
Nothing can substitute either an in-depth understanding from reading these books or some one on one sessions with a qualified Intuitive Eating clinician.
In brief, the ten principles of intuitive eating are:
1. Say no to diet culture
2. Respect your hunger
3. Make friends with food
4. Talk back to unhelpful food thoughts
5. Respect your fullness
6. Respect satisfaction
7. Look after your feelings without food
8. Respect your body
9. Make friends with exercise
10. Respect your health
You can find much more detail about each individual step as well as tools to accompany them within the rest of the app here.
Just to clarify I’m not an Intuitive Eating trained therapist in Hackney, London, but I am an Intuitive Eating ally who will build in these principles into my psychological therapy in Hackney and London.