Is anyone else old enough to remember Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally? (For any youngins among us, it’s an old mnemonic to help students remember the order of operations in math: Parentheses, then Exponents, then Multiply, then Divide, and finally Add before you Subtract.)
Oddly enough, it’s also the first thing that comes to mind when someone asks me “What is intuitive eating?”
Something you may not know about me is that, in my late teens and early twenties, my ambition was to excel as a professional dancer. I plié’d and pirouette’d my way right into a really unhealthy relationship with food. Counting every calorie. Shaming myself for every “bad” bite. Restricting my body and appetite to match the grueling standards of my industry.
I bet you can relate. Most women have felt the pressure to shrink at one time or another, and felt the resulting strain on their relationship with food — the very thing that’s supposed to sustain us.
In the days after my diagnosis, I began to look at food in a completely different light. It was a vehicle for healing, a way to flood my body with abundant nourishment to help me thrive despite the tumors that had taken up residence in my torso. “Add before you subtract” became my nutrition mantra. How much good stuff could I pile onto my plate? How many nutrients could I strengthen my body with? What should I add today?
I felt that same abundance when the Intuitive Eating movement picked up steam. Pioneered by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, intuitive eating champions your right and ability to trust yourself to make food choices that feel good and nourish you — without judging yourself, ridiculing yourself or being ruled by diet restrictive culture.
So if you’ve been wondering “What is intuitive eating?” and “Is intuitive eating right for me?” simply hit play on the video below, and I’ll walk you through the basics.
A Simple Overview of Intuitive Eating
This video is an excerpt from my Intuitive Eating training. Watch the full coaching today, including my spin on the 10 core principles of intuitive eating plus how to deepen your practice through a combination of both mindful eating and mindful cooking, inside of Inner Circle Wellness. Members can log in right here. Not a member yet? You can unlock the video—and my complete expert coaching collection—for less than $30! Get all the details here.
Here’s what you’ll discover:
1. What is intuitive eating?
We’ll define the concept simply, so you can see if it resonates with you.
2. How intuitive eating can help heal an unhealthy relationship with food.
Including removing the morality from “good” or “bad” foods and reorienting your internal eating compass back towards simplicity and ease.
3. Why so many of us lose touch with our body’s natural hunger cues.
And how to reclaim that self-trust and self-awareness, so you can return to a joyful approach to nourishment without any stress or self-bashing.
Now it’s your turn. What’s one food your body’s been asking you for lately? And how will you respond? Let’s share our wisdom in the comments.