Intuitive Eating is a concept written about by two Registered Dieticians: Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A. They found there were people that they worked with who could not follow a “healthy” eating plan and they realized that there was something deeper at work. They found there were principles that when followed there is a freedom with food and weight no diet could achieve. Their ground breaking book “Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works” outlines their discoveries. Their ideas have been talked about by others, but they are dieticians who discovered a new way of looking at binge eating.
I work with many people who are compulsive/binge eaters. I have found using Intuitive Eating gets to the basics of putting food in its place as nourishment and nurturing as separate from food. In our coaching sessions my clients and I focus on how they eat and what is eating at them. In this way we can get to the heart of the matter with their compulsive eating: ultimately letting go of the emotional component with food and utilizing specific techniques to break through this problem many of them have had for most of their lives.
1) Reject the Diet Mentality
2) Honor your Hunger
3) Make Peace with Food
4) Challenge the Food Police
5) Feel Your Fullness
8) Respect your Body
10) Honor Your Health- Gentle Nutrition
I think these principles of Intuitive Eating are really a key component in helping someone who is a binge/compulsive eater reconnect with their body and eat in a healthier manner. This is a process that takes time and effort, but the dividends are long lasting. No one can tell you how to do it for you. Sometimes it is necessary to have a safe trusted guide who can help you look at your emotional blocks, the history you have with food, the shame about your weight and your body. If you are suffering from binge eating, take the chance and reach out for help to get on the road to eating the way you were meant to eat without the emotional baggage.