American diets are often about obsessing about calorie and fat intake, and using a diary or app to keep track of it all. Intuitive eating is a sort of “mindful” way of nourishing yourself; it involves just eating when you body signals you to, and then stopping when you’re full.
This may sound ineffective to diet advocates, but the concept is that the body knows what it needs, and you will have cravings related to that need. So, as FannetasticFood.com points out, “Some days this certainly might be a kale salad with tons of veggies and lentils; another day, it might be a burger and fries.” Suppressing urges may result in binging later. Here are eight things to chew on about intuitive eating…
1. No Food is ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’
In the practice of intuitive eating, you learn to let go of “unhealthy” labels on everyday foods (like burger and fries), and in turn eventually lose the associated guilt that can be the anchor of a traditional diet.
As an article in the Huffington Post explains, it takes some time to train your mind and body not to be conscious of every calorie going into it. “It’s funny how once you realize you can actually have any food at any time, a lot of food’s irresistible draw vanishes,” notes the article.