Intuitive Eating 

What is Intuitive Eating ?

Intuitive eating is nutritional approach that integrates the physical and mental health. It accounts for body cues (biology), emotional and rational thought. It is a personalized process that bring together the expertise of a dietitian and your expert knowledge of your body and mind. 

There are 10 guiding principles of Intuitive Eating

1. Reject the diet mentality.

Address the restriction cycle that diet creates and reject the quick, easy one size fits all. 

2. Honor your hunger.

Understand hunger and find a structure that keeps you energized and fueled. 

3. Make peace with food.

Explore the unconditional permission to eat and the impact of restriction cycles. 

4. Challenge the food police.

Address your food rules, obsessive thoughts and monitoring pattern.

5. Feel your fullness.

Get familiar with factors that affect how much you eat and how you feel. 

6. Discover the satisfaction factor.

Nutrition is about science but also about enjoyment, socializing and satisfaction. Clarifying satisfaction factors supports longs term health. 

7. Cope with your feelings without using food.

Find ways to comfort, nurture, distract, and solve your struggles without using food. Learn more about what emotions affect your eating pattern and triggers.

8. Respect your body.

Beyond loving your body, open the conversation about respecting your here/now body so you can move forward.

9. Exercise: Feel the difference.

Discover enjoyable movement. Move away from calorie-burn approach and tune in how it feels to move your body.

10. Honor your health with gentle nutrition.

Work on a personalized application of nutrition that makes you feels good. Make food choices that honor your health and satisfaction. Aim for personalized progress not perfection.  

Who is intuitive eating for ? 

​Intuitive eating is for you if you experience : 

  • A long history of chronic dieting 

  • Weight cycling (yoyo dieting) 

  • Constant or obsessive thoughts about food 

  • Reliance on nutritional information (calories) 

  • Poor awareness to hunger and fullness cues 

  • Feeling of loss of control when socializing 

  • Restrict and binge cycle 

 

Why stop your chronic dieting cycle? 

Interrupting the cycle of being "on" or "off"a diet can help you to : 

  • improve your relationship with food

  • have more energy

  • tune in body awareness 

  • coping mechanism (other than food) 

  • nutrition balance and sustainability 

  • digestive health 

  • chronic disease management 

  • easier food decisions

  • making more room for what matters most to you

 

Call Perfect Balance to speak with one of our dietitian or make an appointment if you are interested in nutrition consultation based on Intuitive Eating principles.