Claire Chewning, RDN, CIEC, RYT,
Claire Chewning, RDN, CIEC, RYT, grew up in the mountains of southern Virginia and took an interest in food at a very young age. She graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at The Ohio State University. The two things she loves most in life: Peanut Butter & Jelly and Intuitive Eating. The first one is self-explanatory. She really loves talking about the second one and notes a key point about intuitive eating – if we didn’t live in diet culture, it would just be called “eating”. Check out her work and learn more here.
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An excerpt from Claire’s writing…
Intuitive Eating was groundbreaking when it first came on to the scene over 20 years ago, largely because counteracts the damaging effects of restrictive diets, which have clearly caused a lot of failure, harm, and pain and suffering for millions of people over the past 60 years.
This evidence-backed approach to health focuses on nourishing and respecting one’s body. It encourages the practice of tuning into physical cues instead of external messages, such as diet culture or food rules. Let’s dive into what intuitive eating is, and how it is still relevant today.
Intuitive Eating is not a one-size-fits-all approach to health. Instead, it’s a mindful practice that encourages us to listen to our bodies and make decisions based on individual needs rather than external standards (aka not from a restrictive diet). It can help individuals form healthier relationships with food, their bodies, and themselves. If you are looking to make a positive change in your life, Intuitive Eating is a great place to start. The main guiding principles of Intuitive Eating emphasize listening to one’s body, trusting that you can provide yourself with the food your body needs, and cultivating unconditional permission to eat. Here’s a rundown of the 10 principles to intuitive eating.
1. Reject the Diet Mentality
Many people turn to restrictive and often unrealistic diets in pursuit of a certain body shape or to lose weight. Intuitive Eating rejects this mentality and encourages us to focus on our relationship with food instead. That means taking the time to really listen to our bodies and trust that we know how to nourish ourselves….