Is intuitive eating anti-nutrition? The short and long answer here.

There’s a common misconception about intuitive eating: eat whatever you want, the end.

Because of this misconception people often associate intuitive eating with anti-nutrition.

So, is intuitive eating anti-nutrition?

There are 10 principles of intuitive eating. They are:

  1. Reject the diet mentality
  2. Honor your hunger
  3. Make peace with food
  4. Challenge the food police
  5. Respect your fullness
  6. Discover the satisfaction factor
  7. Honor your feelings without using food
  8. Respect your body
  9. Exercise – feel the difference
  10. Honor your health with gentle nutrition

Did you catch that tenth principle? Honor your health with gentle nutrition.

So, is intuitive eating anti-nutrition?

The short answer is ‘NO.’

Intuitive eating is PRO gentle nutrition. And PRO health.

In their book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch write:

‘Make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel well. Remember that you do not have to eat perfectly to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters – progress not perfection is what counts.’

I love the focus on:

progress > perfection

and the balance of:

health + taste buds + feeling well

xo, Sim

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