What If back in the previous century when diet culture and the multi-billion dollar diet industry first sucked me and millions of others into its cult there had been the option of Intuitive Eating? 

What If we’d all be taught the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating that Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND later developed and had research to back it up? 

What If now no one felt compelled to practice intentional weight loss diets and as a result didn’t have to:

  • Suffer the effects weight cycling,
  • Miss out on the enjoyment of foods that we love, 
  • Count or track food,
  • Attempt to control what we eat,
  • Attempt to control one’s weight,
  • Feel guilty for what we ate,
  • Be shamed for what we eat,
  • Feel awful and unwell for breaking food rules,
  • Intentionally restrict food,
  • Distrust one’s body’s hunger and satiety cues,
  • Try to make our body size and shape change,
  • Believe misguided medical advice to lose weight,
  • Feel our body was somehow unacceptable,
  • Be shamed for being “fat” or in a larger body,
  • Worry over everything we eat which causes increases in the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to cause cancer growth,
  • Ignore our intuition about what to eat,
  • Feel compelled to over-indulge in a favorite food,
  • Put bodies in a nutrition deficit which can trigger deadly eating disorders

Maybe we wouldn’t have so many people dissatisfied with size and shape and constantly obsessed with food and exercise routines. Maybe people would be kinder and gentler with one another and ourselves. Maybe the multi-billion dollar diet industry would disappear. Maybe health would improve. Maybe people would be happier. And maybe, just maybe we’d have fewer eating disorders. 

If you have a loved one with an eating disorder and you’ve been told to “lose weight” or “go on a weight loss diet” for whatever reasons, you’re likely feeling conflicted. Most family caregivers know that diet culture is dangerous for those with eating disorders and yet many don’t know of options. Intuitive Eating is an option in which you can be a positive role model while giving yourself the gift of a life with no more dieting and restriction! While I’m not a certified in teaching IntuitiveEating, one of the benefits of coaching with me is referrals to qualified clinicians who are certified and can help with freeing people from diets forever.

This year the authors of “Intuitive Eating” are releasing the latest updated edition of the book,  “Intuitive Eating, 4th Edition: An Anti-Diet Revolutionary Approach” which includes the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating

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