Forget the diets. Forget restricting. Forget societal pressure to only eat the “good” things and to feel guilty for eating the “bad” things. Forget that we’ve even labeled some foods as good and others as bad.
(This is all easier said than done, but give it a whirl.)
But what now? Once you’ve forgotten diet culture and the diets that parade around, being touted as simply “healthy eating,” you’re left with your own intuition to make food decisions. It’s a beautiful thing. Here’s how you can get started.
1. Read the Intuitive Eating book
The insights and advice in this book are invaluable.
2. No more diets. No more food police.
Ask yourself what you want to eat: What sounds good? Are their certain textures you want? Cool and crispy? Soft and sweet? Crunchy? Savory? Hot and spicy? Warm and soothing?
3. Ignore people who speak disparagingly about food and your food choices.
Someone else’s opinion has no place in what or how you choose to eat.
4. Eat without guilt. Give yourself unconditional permission to eat.
Eat slowly. Savor each bite. Turn off all distractions and just focus on food. You do not need to earn your meals or earn certain foods. You are a human being. You need to eat.
5. Listen to your hunger cues.
Honor your fullness cues. (i.e. eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full)
6. Eat the way a toddler would.
Toddlers haven’t been affected by society’s opinions of which foods are good and which are bad, or of how much they should eat. Toddlers eat according to what their minds and bodies tell them to.
7. No more naysayers.
Politely remove or excuse yourself from situations and conversations about healthy food, unhealthy food, calories, restrictions or diets. (Or like, not politely) Surround yourself with people, websites, information and memes that support intuitive eating! You can check out the resources page for more information!