If you’re interested in living a healthy lifestyle, you’ve probably come across the intuitive eating framework. It’s a controversial, yet highly successful approach to dieting that was created back in the 90’s by 2 American dietitians.
Intuitive eating is about building a healthy relationship with food. It teaches you how to listen, understand and interpret your internal cues, rather than go against them.
It’s also linked to creating and sustaining a positive body image by encouraging you to define what “healthy” means to YOU.
As you can probably already tell, intuitive eating is pretty much the opposite of every restrictive diet out there. It’s a completely different approach to health, weight management, and wellness. And we’re here for it.
The first thing you need to know about intuitive eating is that it’s not about weight loss. This is an anti-diet created to help us live healthier and happier without micromanaging our eating patterns.
Intuitive eating has been shown to have a number of benefits for physical and mental health. Here are a few of the biggest benefits, based on studies:
Intuitive eating helps you reconnect with your body. You learn to identify your hunger and fullness cues. You also learn to cut through the confusion of diet culture and discover the best way to nourish your body.
Intuitive eating is NOT about eating cake and cookies all day. It’s about listening to your body’s inner wisdom. Once you do, you will simply make healthier choices for yourself intuitively, without punishing yourself with starvation diets.
If you’ve been harmed by the toxic messaging promoted by society around diet, weight loss, body image, and health… then yes, intuitive eating might feel like a breath of fresh air for you.
Maybe you want to take care of yourself, but you don’t want to feel like you’re punishing yourself any longer with restrictive diets and starvation.
Maybe you’re tired of micromanaging your food, counting calories, and feeling guilty when you taste something you enjoy.
If you can relate to any this, perhaps it’s time to let go of diet fads and embrace intuitive eating as a lifestyle.
Our juices can be a part of an intuitive eating framework as long as they are not used to restrict food or replace meals.
So if you’d like to try intuitive eating, we would recommend using them daily as a supplement, rather than undergoing a juice cleanse. If you choose to consume them regularly, the nutrients will help sustain or even improve your health as part of a balanced diet!
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Tribole, E., & Resch, E. (1995). Intuitive eating: A revolutionary program that works. St. Martin's Griffin.
Tylka, T. L., & Kroeger, C. A. (2007). Development and psychometric evaluation of a measure of intuitive eating. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54(2), 290.
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