What is Intuitive Eating?
By God's design, we're all born Intuitive Eaters. As babies we eat when we're hungry and stop when we're satisfyingly full. As we've grown up in a diet-culture we've learned "how" to eat. Meaning, we've learned the rules. The do's, the don'ts, the shoulds and the shames.
Intuitive Eating is a non-diet way of eating and exercising that honors our bodies, emotions and ourselves. The first edition of "Intuitive Eating" by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch was published in 1995.
As Registered Dieticians they realized that they had been taught to prescribe disordered eating to clients as a way of losing weight in the name of health. The dieting advice they were giving their clients was actually leading to worse mental, emotional, physical health and inevitable weight regain. So they decided to do something different.
Intuitive Eating consists of 10 guiding principles that help us navigate our way through diet culture to once again find our own Intuitive Eater. Intuitive Eating is where we eat based on our internal hunger, fullness and satiety cues.
There are no rules and no external experts guiding your food choices. Eating choices become disassociated from weight, calories and off-limits foods. We are instead free to enjoy the whole wide world of food without it being the sole focus of our lives.
Why Christian Intuitive Eating Coaching?
In Christian Intuitive Eating Coaching we explore the underlying beliefs that have roots in Christian Diet Culture. Together we consider the veracity of these beliefs from both a Biblical perspective and by looking at how God made our bodies to function and thrive.
Coming out of our Eating Disorder means tremendous freedom. But if we get caught up in Christian Diet Culture we either fall back in or are at best still not completely free. Jesus doesn't want to give us some freedom. He wants to give us complete freedom.
As Christians, we know that we have a bigger purpose for our time on Earth. We've been created and prepared for meaningful work. The never ending fixation on food and our bodies distracts us from that bigger purpose.
As we move from dieting to Intuitive Eating, we're freed up to pour our energy into meaningful work and relationships with greater peace of mind and joy.
The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating
Reject the Diet Mentality
Honor Your Hunger
Make Peace With Food
Challenge the Food Police
Feel Your Fullness
Discover the Satisfaction Factor
Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food
Respect Your Body
Exercise- Feel the Difference
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The Intuitive Eating Assessment Scale-2
This simple assessment has been adapted by Tracy Tylka's research on Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch's model of Intuitive Eating. The assessment is designed to assess to what degree you are an Intuitive Eater and what areas you might need to address in order to fully experience Intuitive Eating.
Food Rules Worksheet
Intuitive Eating is founded on a rejection of all food rules. It instead teaches us to listen and respond to our own internal hunger, fullness and satiety cues. We're often unaware of our food rules. We just "know the right way to eat". This worksheet helps to detect any food rules that you might be adhering to.