What Is Intuitive Eating? 10 Principles To Follow

“Intuitive eating is the polar opposite of dieting,” Dr. Albers says. “Instead of following rules and restricting what you eat, you trust your internal hunger, fullness and satiety

“Intuitive eating is about making peace with food . “It’s about learning how to listen to your body and how to honor your hunger.”

The 10 principles of eating intuitively

1. Reject diet mentality

You see an advertisement that indicates peanut butter is fattening. You recognize this as diet culture and continue to eat peanut butter because you love it.

“Hunger is not your enemy or something to be avoided,. “Intuitive eating is about listening to your hunger and learning to respond to what it needs.”

2. Honor your hunger

3. Make peace with food

Maybe you haven’t eaten bread for years, or you never eat after 7 p.m. This principle asks you to start breaking those rules and doing away with them entirely.

4. Challenge the food police

If so, you’re well-acquainted with the food police — the voice in your head that criticizes and judges what you eat.

5. Discover the satisfaction

You’re in the mood for something crunchy and healthy, so you aim to find a snack to satisfy that taste — maybe celery with peanut butter or carrots with hummus. 

6. Feel your fullness

Using a scale from 1-to 10, ask yourself how you’d rate your hunger level in this moment. One is extremely hungry, and 10 is stuffed.

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