Hi there, Today is my 45th birthday and I want to give you something to celebrate!! Before, during, and after the Thanksgiving holiday, I heard and read so many things about eating, weight, and body image. The good news is that there was an amazing array of body-positive, intuitive eating-inspired posts about how to hold […]
When you’ve struggled with food – what to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, how much to eat – it’s not difficult to understand why you might seek out something that would let you stop thinking about food. But this is not the point of Intuitive Eating. Everyone has to think about food […]
Many people come to Intuitive Eating hoping that it will finally be the thing that helps them lose weight. But turning Intuitive Eating into the eat-only-when-you’re-hungry diet isn’t truly Intuitive Eating. It’s yet another self-aggressive distortion. Again: weight is not a behavior. We do not control it.
If you are someone who gets stuck on this myth, stay with me. It is not surprising that we would worry that listening to our bodies would cause “something bad” to happen. We have been told this implicitly and explicitly since we were 6. The truth is more complicated. When we adopt the behaviors of […]
Are you familiar with the Descartes quote, “I think, therefore, I am?” Although this was part of an inquiry about whether or not the “self” exists, I always think it highlights how identified we are with our minds, our thoughts, and our cognitive processes. For this reason, it’s not surprising that some people assume Intuitive […]
Hi there, Intuitive Eating is NOT another program! Sorry, I’m not yelling, it’s just that this is such a terrible misconception about this humane approach to eating that I get very worked up about it. What Intuitive Eating does is elevate you to the level of expert of yourself. It provides a framework within which […]
Our next Intuitive Eating myth is that it’s the “new thing.” Intuitive Eating has actually been around since the 1990s but growing interest, scientific research, and diet culture fatigue have created a tipping point of sorts in which Intuitive Eating is hitting a new stride right now.
The fourth myth about Intuitive Eating is perhaps the most common of all. When you live in a culture that tells you to listen to those outside of your own body to tell you what, when, and how much to eat, and where not doing so will supposedly lead to something REALLY BAD…doing something different […]
The third myth about Intuitive Eating is that it can be combined with some form of diet (or lifestyle change) such as the company formerly known as Weight Watchers, keto, garden-variety low-carb diets, etc. This is problematic and contributes to a lot of confusion. Intuitive eating is about shifting our allegiance away from external cues […]
The second most prevalent myth about Intuitive Eating is that it’s the thing that will finally “fix” you. The thing that will finally put an end to your suffering, your insecurities, your pain. While Intuitive Eating does in fact end suffering in certain ways, it cannot fix you, first and foremost because YOU ARE NOT […]