Posts in Intuitive Eating
Giving yourself Unconditional Permission to Eat: 8 Ways to Help You Get Started

We’ve touched on unconditional permission before when we’ve chatted about why “cheat days” are problematic, but we wanted to give you some concrete steps to get there. When we give ourselves full permission to eat all foods, we eliminate that “forbidden fruit” factor, thus enabling us to have a much more fluid, relaxed relationship with food.

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Ten Principles of Intuitive Eating

Chances are, you’ve heard of Intuitive Eating (IE) by now. Originally coined by two registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in 1995, it has taken popular culture by storm.

The premise behind IE is that dieting is not only ineffective for weight loss in the long run (95% of diets ultimately fail), but may also be harmful for physical and mental health. They developed  ten principles to help guide individuals away from rigid dieting rules, instead to come home to their bodies and tap into their innate wisdom in order to heal their relationship with food and body.

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7 Ways to Survive the Holidays Using an Intuitive Eating Mindset

Enjoying the abundance of food centered holiday celebrations can be tough, especially if you’ve struggled with an eating disorder, emotional eating or have gotten caught up in the dieting > restrictive eating cycle before. Any sort of real or perceived overindulgence can lead to feelings of guilt or shame, which can only lead to more stress eating, restricting or unhealthy dieting tactics. So how can we approach the season without getting too caught up in the food?

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Stop Playing Tricks with the Treats: Why you Should Let Your Kids Enjoy Their Candy this Halloween

Halloween is a FUN holiday meant to be enjoyed. Actually, it’s a wonderful opportunity to practice intuitive eating. Restricting, rationing, hiding your child’s candy and communicating these restrictions to your child can create a sense of shame and guilt when consuming these foods. A kiddo who is never exposed to any fun food will have a tough time eating them without shame and often this shame around food is carried into adulthood. .Providing your child with the support and structure to understand their own hunger/fullness/satisfaction signals without restriction can help them develop a positive relationship with food and Halloween is the perfect holiday to make this happen. But how do we accomplish this?

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4 Reasons Counting Calories Does More Harm than Good and 10 Things You Can Do Instead

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt so consumed with calorie counting that you start to no longer see food for food, but as instead as a total number of calories. Instead of choosing foods because they are your favorites or because you know they are going to look and taste good and be satisfying, you choose them because the “number” is appealing or maybe the calories in that food item are so low that you feel that the food item is “better” suited for your diet.

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Can I Eat That?

Everywhere we turn, we find ourselves bombarded with this banter: from the media, diet books, family members, friends, even teachers and healthcare providers. “You ate vegetables? That’s GOOD! You ate ice cream yesterday? Well you probably shouldn’t have it again today...” Seems that food is either right or wrong, good or bad, dirty or clean these days…

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What Am I Hungry For?

One of my favorite topics when working with clients is not the latest vitamin or food trend, and it’s definitely not calorie counting. In fact, it’s a basic human need for survival—hunger. Learning to identify and honor your hunger is an essential part of feeling energized, focused, and positive. It also happens to be an essential part of reconnecting with your body and healing your relationship with food.

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Break-up with Dieting and Heal Your Relationship with Food FOR GOOD

Get started with Intuitive Eating and say goodbye to diets for good.

We are all born with the innate ability to be intuitive eaters. As babies, we cry when we are hungry. We purse our lips and shake our heads in disagreement when we’re no longer interested in food. We know when to start and when to stop eating. Over time, there are many factors that may interrupt this natural cycle of eating, such as parental influences, dieting beliefs, clean plate club philosophy, and cultural stigma placed on food. We begin to ignore those natural signals by avoiding or restricting foods or food groups; ultimately hindering our ability to listen to our bodies Intuitive eating focuses on nourishing your body and learning to reconnect with those natural signals to self regulate, allowing you to find a weight that your body is meant to thrive at (not just a number you are seeking).

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Give Yourself Unconditional Permission To Eat

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “cheat”? Often we associate this word with words like “wrong”, “dishonest”, “shameful”, or “bad”. We are constantly disadvantaging ourselves just by categorizing any sort of food consumption with the word “cheat”. It’s likely that you immediately associate negative feelings with whatever “cheat” food choice you make, regardless of the food. By labeling foods, or even whole meals, with this terminology we are surrendering all of the power to the food. This means we are giving up our own control, and often landing ourselves in an endless cycle of binging and restricting.

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5 Small Changes that Equate to BIG Results

What if I told you the secret to long term change was not in the big goals, but instead is found in small consistent changes? Would you believe me? This month I am sharing five small changes you implement that will bring you closer to those big - lofty - goals...without compromising your current lifestyle or adding more time to your day.  Are you up for the challenge? 

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