BUSTING THE TOP 5 INTUITIVE EATING MYTHS
Intuitive eating is a framework that is subject to a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings. So today we are going to clear up some of the most common myths.
1: It’s just a hunger and fullness diet
Learning to tune into your natural hunger and fullness cues and honour them is a significant principle of intuitive eating but it doesn’t stop there. Intuitive eating recognises that we also eat for emotional needs and supports individuals to discover how they can care for their emotional health without always turning to food. Remember emotional eating is normal human behaviour, think birthdays and breakups but becomes problematic when it becomes our ‘go-to’ means of managing our emotions. There will also be occasions when we need to apply our knowledge to eating. For example, we not feel hungry before we start a long road trip but know we won’t be able to stop for food for a long time, so may eat in order to support our energy levels and blood sugar balance. Intuitive eating is nuanced!
2: Intuitive Eating is just an excuse to eat whatever you want, whenever you want
Whilst learning to give ourselves unconditional permission to eat all foods is a very important part of learning to become an intuitive eater. In doing so we can break the restrict, deprive, binge eating cycle. It also promotes learning to eat for satisfaction, and body food congruence. Learning to reflect and understand how particular foods make us feel. Do they support us to feel full of energy, did we feel tired and sluggish after eating them, did we sleep better, etc.? Intuitive eaters learn to eat in a way that nourishes their bodies whilst making space for the foods that also nourish our soul. Recognizing the importance of variety, balance, and moderation.
3: Intuitive Eating is for weight loss
Bodyweight may go down, especially if you have previously been caught in the yo-yo diet cycle. Equally, for some it may increase as their body settles at a naturally healthy weight or stay the same through Intuitive Eating. The framework separates the pursuit of health from the pursuit of weight loss. We all know that many means of weight loss are unhealthy in their very nature. We also know that managed weight loss programmes are associated with weight gain (weight cycling) over time.
4: If I eat intuitively, I will eat ALL the food, ALL of the time
If I told you that you could eat an ice cream sundae every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the ice cream you want. All of it. You probably would for a while. Then you would probably start to feel pretty rubbish/icky. Once we habituate ourselves to previously ‘forbidden foods’, once we know if we would like some ice cream we can have some ice cream, suddenly it loses its forbidden fruit allure. You find you can take or leave it. Perhaps have a spoonful, satisfy your tastebuds and move on with your day. There will be days when you pass on the ice cream completely in favour of the fruit salad because suddenly the ice cream has no power at all.
5: Intuitive Eating doesn’t encourage fitness
One of the ten principles of intuitive eating is about finding movement you enjoy. We have a saying here at Reframe Club. ‘15 mins of movement you enjoy is better than the hour sweating in the gym that never happens.’ We are far more likely to maintain exercise routines when we enjoy them. We encourage our members to think outside the formal exercise box. Salsa anyone?
Want to discover the secret of being happier and healthier without dieting? Then Join the Club today.
Not sure yet? Take a look at what some our current members have to say here.