We’re all born intuitive eaters. A baby cries when it wants food and stops eating when full. As we get older, it’s easy to shift away from this eating style. It could be from family values (ever been told to clear your plate), societal messages around calorie counting, good foods, and bad foods, or associating food with emotions.
If you’re tired of fad diets, calorie counting, or feeling guilty about eating foods you enjoy, then you’re going to love intuitive eating.
In their book, Intuitive Eating a Revolutionary Program that Works, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch outlined the principles of intuitive eating. You can take a deeper dive into each one in our other article here.
Intuitive eating has a wide range of benefits. Below are just a few of them.
While intuitive eating can help you reach your body’s set point weight, it’s not designed for weight loss. People use intuitive eating even if they are at their ideal weight or want to gain weight. The purpose of intuitive eating is to have a neutral or positive relationship with food and your body.
Are you nervous that you’ll go a little wild and indulge only in “bad foods?” Intuitive eating helps you tune into what your body wants, not necessarily what your mind wants. It’s a subtle difference, and sometimes they overlap.
Again, not true. Your body is intelligent and wants food for a reason. Today, you might crave a plate of pasta to restore energy from a workout. Tomorrow, you might enjoy a salad with proteins since you sat most of the day.
What we do each day, seasons, metabolism, health, and even our mood impact our body's need. Eventually, you’ll reach a closer state of balance where your body wants more whole foods, but you still enjoy (guilt-free) what used to be considered forbidden foods.
Diving all in on any habit or lifestyle change is a recipe for disaster. Instead, try a slower pace where you feel more in control and confident. Here are some ideas to get started:
Intuitive eating is about paying attention to what you eat, why you eat, and how you feel before, during, and after eating. Becoming more connected to your body and emotions can be powerful and lead to changes beyond nutrition.
Making changes, no matter how small, can feel overwhelming or lonely. CoPilot’s fitness coaches are certified personal trainers and certified nutrition coaches who are there to support you in a judgment-free space.