Get Off the Diet Roller Coaster, For Good!

Chronic dieter?   Feel out of control with food?  Tired of weight cycling?  Feel guilty after eating “bad” foods?  Feel at war with your body?  Concerned about your health?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I highly recommend reading and learning about Intuitive Eating developed by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA.   

The first edition of Intuitive Eating was published in 1995.  For over 15 years, I have been using principles of Intuitive Eating with clients.  Recently, I trained with Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.  I am excited to share the ins & outs of Intuitive Eating & other tools, over my blog, webinars and in one-on-one sessions.

Intuitive Eating is an evidence-informed approach to making peace with food used by counselors, dietitians and eating disorder treatment centers across the country and worldwide.

We are all naturally born intuitive eaters.  Our bodies by design have the wisdom to tell us when, how much and what to eat.  Eating is hard-wired into our biology in order for us to survive.  Family food rules, pressures of society, personal experiences with food and, of course, dieting, disrupts the natural intuitive eater in all of us.

Dietitians, Tribole & Resch, put forth 10 key principles to get off the diet roller coaster:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality.   
  2. Honor your Hunger.
  3. Make Peace with Food.
  4. Challenge the Food Police.  
  5. Feel your Fullness.  
  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor.
  7. Cope with Your Emotions without Using Food.
  8. Respect Your Body.
  9. Exercise–Feel the Difference.
  10. Honor Your Health with Gentle Nutrition

These principles offer a framework of skills to re-connect with your intuitive eater and get off the diet roller coaster once and for all!

**Note about Intuitive Eating & eating disorders.   If you have an active eating disorder or a history of an eating disorder please ask your treatment team if Intuitive Eating is right for you.  To learn more about eating disorders please visit the National Eating Disorder Association or talk with your doctor.

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