What is Intuitive Eating and Does it Actually Work?

In 1995, dieticians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, founded a new nutrition lifestyle concept known as intuitive eating. To date, intuitive eating has over 100 studies demonstrating its effectiveness in helping individuals find peace in their relationships with food and their own bodies.

Intuitive eating is much more than just another diet. It’s an entire way of thinking and being. Food is essential for our survival, but our relationships with it can be complicated at best. Instead of trying to squeeze people into different diets, fads, and trends that are just not sustainable and don’t take into consideration different emotional and physical backgrounds, intuitive eating promotes a mind-body approach to food by addressing the relationship itself first. This personal and dynamic process consists of 10 key principles:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality: Diet Mentality has become our society's go-to relationship with food. You must seek outside validation and guidance at all times for the best, most worthy decisions about the food that goes into your body. Diet mentality is false. Although asking for help and seeking guidance is a great way to learn new things, you also can learn what is best for you and be able to make many of these food choices completely by yourself. So kick the diet mentality to the curb!

  2. Honor Your Hunger: Many diets try to convince you that genuine feelings of hunger are just part of the deal. They're not. By honoring your hunger, you're honoring your instincts.

  3. Make Peace with Food: When it comes to food, there is no "good" or "bad", "right or "wrong"- it's whatever you decide will satisfy and fuel you best.