Intuitive Eating

Posted by Suzi | September 7, 2012

At the moment I’m researching an article on intuitive eating and it’s so interesting, I just thought I’d share some of it with you guys.

Have you ever considered how much the weight-loss industry is worth? No, I hadn’t either- my pavlovian response to the latest diet craze is always to “Oooh” and think: “If only I had the willpower, I’d totally be Ursula Andress right now.” Utterly recession proof, it’s currently raking in £1bn annually in the UK and $60.9bn (£39.4bn) in the US.

This would totally be worth a *high five* if, um, they actually worked. Instead, studies are repeatedly showing direct links between increased weight-loss advertising and eating disorders. 49% of us admit to having a binge when we finish a diet, while 95% will end-up regaining all the weight they lose anyway. In terms of marketing, this makes the industry the most successful failed business in the world. Ever.

Intuitive eating has so far lacked much publicity as,  although it’s often used to coax people with eating disorders into establishing a healthy relationship with food, there is really only one expert to benefit from the approach: you! Contrary to pretty much everything we’ve ever been told, it works on the premise that our bodies are designed to be out perfect weight – we just need to learn how to listen to them.

Since 1995, 25 studies have proved it more effective than traditional diets. Crazy huh? It means no more eating like a caveman, or counting carbs, or relying on people like Kim Kardashian’s meal plans. In fact you must actively ignore everything you’ve been taught about diets, and work solely with your own body’s intelligence. Here are expert’s top tips:


1.Promise never to diet again.

“We usually crave what we can’t have.  If there is full permission to eat whatever is satisfying, with no judgment, then a normal desire for any particular food will follow,” says Elyse Resch, a nutrition therapist and co-author of the recently re-published go-to health manual, Intuitive Eating; A Revolutionary Program That Works.

“One can not decide to “try” Intuitive Eating.  The mere thought of another potential diet in the future will bring feelings of deprivation, which will sabotage the quest to trust one’s own body signals.” Instead put yourself in charge.

2. Learn to differentiate between when you’re actually hungry or just emotional/bored.

Honour your hunger! Intuitive eating means you are allowed to eat whatever you want, whenever you’re hungry, but *catch* while learning the reasons behind why you’re reaching for food  i.e.a huge heartbreak serve of Ben and Jerry’s is not recommended.

3. Keep a food diary!

“We often don’t take time to observe how certain foods make us feel,” explains naturopath and blogger Renee Leonard Stainton. ”A great way to train yourself to start tuning in to your dietary needs is by keeping a food journal for a couple of weeks. Note down what you eat throughout the day, and rate your energy, mood, digestion, and jot down any other comments about how you are feeling.” Reviewing the results at the end of each week will enlighten you as to how your body reacts to different food. You won’t need the journal forever, it is just a good way to start! 

4. Try to avoid eating processed foods

“The body just does not recognise them,” explains iconic healer and self-help guru Louise Hay. “If the thoughts we think and foods you eat are good, you’ve got life made!”

5. Don’t scare yourself

If we see certain foods as the enemy, we’ll obsess and want them 24/7. It’s more effective to remind yourself that diet is the only external energy source our cells have. Eat things that will make you feel wonderful! And remember no one food will ever make you fat, only large amounts of the bad stuff will.

P icture credits (from left): Notebook;, Kitchen styling(veg);, Kitchen styling(fruit);, Happiness quote;, Pastries scene;, Eggs;, yoga; kale;, bike;, blueberry;, avacado;













  1. Thank you for being a breath of fresh (sane) air on the diet front Suzi! Having been a Dietitian for the last 6 years (scary how quickly time flies by!) I am constantly amazed at what lengths people will go to to lose weight, and how many people kill themselves as a result of poor eating habits. Sadly, those that are morbidly obese and those on a quest for a ‘perfect body’ and become mentally ill are becoming a bigger problem year on year.

    P.S. Still no mirror for the bathroom…..but the hunt continues! xx

    Comment by Jenny M — September 7, 2012 #

  2. Darling Suzie,

    You are dead on, I’ve been trying to explain this to people for years, but you put it beautifully, elegantly and so stunningly presented with those pictures. I am in awe and totally in love with you!

    Big kiss, S

    Comment by Sandra Shoemake — September 7, 2012 #

  3. This article really spoke to me. I’m one of those people that are ‘never on a diet’ but really watching what I eat all the time. From now on, I shall try eat more intuitively! Thanks!

    Comment by Denise — October 23, 2012 #

  4. “Eat things that will make you feel wonderful!” is the simplest yet most awesome diet advice ever.

    Comment by Rachel Adams — October 23, 2012 #

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