Since the early 1990s, there have been two dominant competing philosophies around what foods we should eat and what we should avoid. The medical science community insists that some foods, diets, and eating habits are unhealthy as they're associated with several degenerative diseases. It also insists that a higher body fat percentage increases chronic illness risk, making it less than ideal.
On the other hand, the anti-diet movement argues that a person's eating habits are their personal choice. The anti-diet movement believes that there are no unhealthy or healthy foods and that the media uses health as an excuse to invalidate people's choices that challenge traditional norms. Intuitive eating is a philosophy that bridges the gap between these two ideas by focusing on individual wellness instead.
What is Intuitive Eating
Intuitive eating rejects the idea that some foods are objectively "good" or "bad" for everyone. Instead, intuitive eating encourages people to focus on how different foods make them feel and find the best foods for themselves. Intuitive eating validates all lifestyles, body types, eating habits, and food preferences, making it attractive to everyone. This is also why some of the best health wellness podcasts adopt the idea.
The goal of intuitive eating is to eat foods to maximize satisfaction and fulfillment. It's different from all other takes on eating in this way. If you're starting out, here are some tips that will help.
Tips to Start Intuitive Eating
Reject the diet culture. Only you know what foods are the most fulfilling for you.
Don't starve yourself. Instead, eat foods that make you feel full for longer.
Don't fight your cravings—if you want to eat something that will make you feel better, go for it.
Reject the idea that some foods are objectively 'good' or 'bad.'
Be mindful of the foods that make you feel fulfilled but also those that make you feel bad.
Respect all body types. There's no such thing as a healthy or unhealthy body type.
If you want to learn more about intuitive eating, check out our health and wellness podcast at Wellness on Demand. We value life satisfaction over everything and consider physical and mental well-being only a means to it. We also have a health and wellness blog where we take on topics like this.
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