What is Intuitive Eating?

by Marsha Hudnall

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A brief review of the principles of mindful eating, also often called intuitive eating, can help women who have already been to Green Mountain, as well as those who haven’t had a chance to visit us.

Mindful Eating – Intuitive Eating Strategies

intuitiveeatingAt its core, mindful eating is about being aware of how you feel before, during and after you eat. These three tips can help you cultivate awareness and begin to eat in a way that truly satisfies you. That helps prevent overeating.

  • Wait for hunger. Most of the time, watch for your body’s hunger cues as your signal that it’s time to eat. Eat enough to feel satisfied and comfortably full. For most of us, that will mean eating every 3-5 hours, although as we get better at this, we don’t have to watch the clock. Our bodies will tell us this by getting hungry. Balanced meals that include grains/starchy vegetables, protein foods, and vegetables and/or fruits promote satiety so that you feel like you’ve eaten enough in the moment, and the meal or snack stays with you so you don’t get hungry again too soon.
  • Eat what you want. If you don’t, you’ll likely find yourself overeating out of deprivation. Or you won’t be satisfied, and you may keep searching for food whether you are hungry or not. Remember that if what you want is always the richer choice, you may still be caught up in diet deprivation. Or maybe you need to work on changing your food preferences. In the latter case, the holidays or other food-centered festivities probably aren’t the best time to take on that challenge.
  • Savor your food. When you are eating, remember to savor your foods with your eyes and nose as well as your mouth. Letting all your senses play a part can enhance your enjoyment and help you feel more satisfied.

Getting Started With Intuitive Eating

Practice intuitive eating with a stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run where we teach you mindful eating principles you can experiment with in our dining room.

You can also learn more about intuitive eating in the book Intuitive Eating written by Evelyn Tribole, RD, and Elyse Resch, RD.  Their website details additional principles they encourage to help implement the practice of intuitive eating.

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