Our dietitians often uses non-dieting models of eating competence, mindful eating and intuitive eating.
What is involved with these approaches?
It’s about ENJOYING FOOD once again and feeling good about the food choices you’re making. You can stop feeling guilty or deprived by the foods you feel you should or shouldn’t be eating.
It’s about learning to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY in understanding what types of food and amounts of food feel just right to your body. There are no rules about what you should and shouldn’t eat based on some fad diet. Instead, you’re listening to your own genetics, your own body’s feedback, to help you understand what to eat going forward.
It’s about finally giving yourself PERMISSION to eat food that may have been “forbidden” in your mind for many years and learning to free yourself from all the rules around food and dieting as you learn to TRUST yourself again around foods that might have been “off-limits” to you.
Learn to enjoy a VARIETY of foods. Your body needs different nutrients from different types of foods. Many diets today encourage cutting certain foods out. Psychologically and physically, this can lead to not fueling your body properly and also not developing a healthy relationship with food. Through intuitive eating and eating competence, you can begin to enjoy a variety of food without have to refer to rules about what you should and shouldn’t eat.
TASTE your food. Really taste your food through mindfulness. Savor the flavors. Enjoy the taste. Understand if you truly enjoy the food or not. If so, eat until you notice your body has enjoyed enough and then learn to leave foods when your body is done with it.
MAKING MEAL TIMES SPECIAL. Instead of fitting it into your day, make meal times a special part of your day where you connect with food, relax, and enjoy the pleasures of eating the food in front of you.
DISCOVER. When you’re not following strict rules about what foods you should and shouldn’t eat, you can take time to truly discover different foods. EXPERIMENT with different foods, recipes, etc. and determine for yourself the types of foods you enjoy. Find fruits and veggies you like and eat them because you like them, not because some diet book says you have to.
Skeptical? There’s a lot of data backing up these approaches. Because we all have such different genetics and taste preferences, no single diet is going to work for everyone. Through eating competence and intuitive eating, you’ll discover what’s just right for your body.