Let's Talk About: Intuitive Eating

Updated: Dec 11, 2018

By: Shirlee Rosen RD


Donuts Fit into Your Diet
Donuts Fit into Your Diet

It is a NON-diet approach to eating. It means trusting your body and honoring your physical cues rather than counting calories, macros, serving sizes, etc.

The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating

· Reject the Diet Mentality

· Honor your hunger

· Make peace with food

· Challenge the food police

· Feel fullness

· Discover what satisfaction feels like

· Cope with emotions without using food

· Respect your body

· Honor your health

· Stay Active

Shirlee Rosen RD
Shirlee Rosen RD

So... what does that mean?

Let’s take it step by step.

  1. Reject the diet mentality. It is a vicious cycle. It goes something like this: restrict foods, feel deprived, binge, feel guilty for that, restrict again, feel deprived again, binge again, and so on. Am I right? There is no magic pill or 1-day fix it to losing weight that has taken years to add up. Stop depriving yourself and restricting yourself from certain foods.

  2. What does hunger feel like to you? Begin to listen to your body. Stay mindful of physical cues. These may include growling of the stomach, feeling of emptiness, dizziness, fatigue, lack of energy, headache, irritability, lack of concentration, and stomach pain. Remember that this differs from person to person. Listen to your body. (Tip: Sta