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How to Practice Intuitive Eating in Incline Village Nevada?

How to Practice Intuitive Eating in Incline Village Nevada?

Do you like french-fries? Think that you have to ban them out of your diet completely? Learn how when you practice intuitive eating you can have french fries if you choose to in Incline Village Nevada.

eating disordersAccording to an article at eatingdisordersreview.com, “You Can Eat Your French Fries if You Want”

“How do you honor your health when you have permission to eat anything? How can french fries or a candy bar, for example, be considered adequate choices? These questions are a source of confusion for many of my patients, their families, and even practitioners. My message to them is that healthy eating includes having a positive relationship with food of all kinds. This means that meals are not a moral dilemma resulting in feelings of guilt and shame, but rather a place to practice tuning into one’s inner needs and fulfilling those needs in a healthy, nurturing way. In my work, I call this practice, intuitive eating.

While there are many ways of incorporating this process, there are three core characteristics:

  • Unconditional permission to eat.
  • Reliance on internal hunger and satiety cues.
  • Eating for physical, rather than emotional reasons.

Although most chronic dieters and disordered eaters have lost touch with these skills, the good news is that they can be relearned through attunement—a process of listening and responding to your body cues, rather than focusing on rigid food rules. This means making decisions about eating based on what your body is experiencing. For example, upon experiencing a grumbling stomach (one of many hunger cues), you might respond by eating a snack, rather than withholding food because of a rigid rule stating, “It’s not okay to eat between meals.”

Being able to eat intuitively takes practice. How long depends on many factors, such the length of time you have been at war with food and your body, and your motivation to change. Ultimately, recovery from an eating disorder means learning how to eat normally, which includes the ability to eat a variety of foods, including “fear foods,” which are perceived as fattening and/or unhealthy. It’s important to work with your treatment team to determine when and how to implement intuitive eating.

Intuitive Eating Research

Many people fear that intuitive eating is synonymous with a junk food diet and poor health. On the contrary, studies show that trusting and satisfying one’s physical hunger causes an increase in well-being, both physically and mentally. For example, Brigham Young University researchers looked at the relationship between intuitive eating and the quality of the diet in 343 college students. Their results did not indicate poor nutritional choices. Rather, these students had a greater diversity in eating, more satisfaction, and healthier body weights. How do you honor your health when you have permission to eat anything? How can french fries or a candy bar, for example, be considered adequate choices? These questions are a source of confusion for many of my patients, their families, and even practitioners. My message to them is that healthy eating includes having a positive relationship with food of all kinds. This means that meals are not a moral dilemma resulting in feelings of guilt and shame, but rather a place to practice tuning into one’s inner needs and fulfilling those needs in a healthy, nurturing way. In my work, I call this practice, intuitive eating.”

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Tired of the guilt and shame associated with food, ABC Nutrition Services can help. To schedule a consultation with Barbara Cox an eating disorder specialist in Incline Village Nevada, visit  ABCNutritionServices.com.

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