A love-hate relationship with food can be stifling.  Is this how you would describe yours? Intuitive Eating, described as “freeing” by many of my clients is a way to make peace with food. Designed by two Registered Dietitians – Elyse Resch & Evelyne Tribole, over 20 years ago, it is now gaining great popularity. Their intention, however, was not for it to become a fad diet but a sustainable way of eating. Let’s discuss what it is.

A Non-Diet Approach

Intuitive Eating is based on a non-diet approach to health. Unlike many diet plans, it encourages people to put their weight loss goals on the back burner, and instead focus on functional health.  Maybe being able to tie your shoes easier, carry a heavy pot of food to the table or even play longer outside with your kids are examples of functional health for you or something else? This may seem daunting to you but weight does not determine health.

Intuitive eating is based on 10 principles shown in the pictogram below

 

Evidenced Based

Research has demonstrated that Intuitive Eaters have better body satisfaction, reduced overeating and psychological stress, improved cardiovascular risks and blood lipids.

Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about this evidence-based approach.

Suzanne Dietrich is a Registered Dietitian with over 8 years experience providing nutrition counselling in our community. She is the owner of Gut Instincts Nutrition Counselling.