How Intuitive Eating Can Change Your Life
Do you feel shame around your relationship with food?
Do you say things like:
“I shouldn’t be eating this.”
“I have no willpower.”
“I’m so disgusting.”
Here's the thing other nutritionists won’t tell you about your relationship with food: it's not about the food. Or about your willpower. Seriously.
⚠️ The problem isn’t what you put in your mouth. ⚠️
Diets are the problem.
The real problem is the culture and system that tells you there’s a “right” and a “wrong” way to eat. Let’s call this “diet culture.” Diet culture sets you up to feel like you’re not good enough. Like you’re the failure when a diet fails you.
This culture, diet culture, teaches you that you’re not good enough as you are. That you need to force your body to look a certain way (ahem, thin) through rigid eating plans like “clean eating.” Can you relate?
Diets make money while making you miserable. It’s a game you can’t win.
Diets don’t work.
Diets celebrate disordered eating as the norm, and keep you busy keeping yourself “in check” for bullshit #bodygoals.
However, one of the most predictable outcomes of dieting is weight gain. Studies show that you might temporarily lose weight on a diet, but long-term you’ll likely gain it all back. And then some.
And you’ll do this over and over again because you’re convinced that you did something wrong. That you don’t have enough willpower. Right? The truth is: 95% of diets fail. 🤦
The problem isn’t you. It’s the diet.
How much time, money, and effort do you spend dieting and chasing the thin ideal? Did you even sign up for this?
How intuitive eating is different from a diet.
Intuitive eating is a set of tools to help you 👋 bye to diets. See ya!
Intuitive eating is an approach to health and well-being that combines biology, nutrition, psychology, and mindfulness. It has nothing to do with diets, meal plans, discipline, or willpower. It’s about learning to tune into your body’s cues.
We’re all born intuitive eaters with the innate ability to know what to eat, and how much. But eating gets complicated as we’re taught to believe that we need food rules and restrictions to be healthy.
Intuitive eating doesn’t care about what you eat.
Intuitive eating doesn’t care about what you eat, but how you feel about what you eat.
Intuitive eating was developed based on the facts that weight loss diets aren’t effective and sustainable for most people in the long-run, and that chronic dieting behaviours may actually have negative health effects, both physically and mentally.
Rather than relying on Dr. Oz or someone on Instagram to tell you what to eat. Intuitive eating teaches you to tap into your inner wisdom to guide your decision-making.
You might ask yourself:
What do I want?
How much do I want?
What would feel good?
What would be satisfying?
What would give me energy?
Of course, intuitive eating won’t solve all of your feelings around food.
You also need to start thinking differently, like getting rid of all-or-nothing, black-or-white thinking.
Don’t worry. This is where The Good Yolk community can help!
Are you ready to join the non-diet movement?
Consult the links in this post and read up on the evidence that diets don’t work.
Pledge to stop wasting your time and money on diet and weight loss plans. Including “wellness” programs.
Join the conversation and tag #yolkcollective and #thegoodyolk on social media.
It’s that easy!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Meet Ellen Kaross (she/her), the Non-Diet Nutritionist and Intuitive Eating Coach behind The Good Yolk.
Ellen helps women-identifying folks uncover what their emotional eating can teach them, and find joy and balance in their relationship with food.
Her passion for advocacy informs her compassionate, non-judgmental approach.