(Re)Learn to Eat Intuitively

Posted on January 6, 2020

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition, lisaperryrdn@gmail.com

Humans are born with an ability to recognize our bodies hunger and fullness cues. This natural ability is known as intuitive eating, a phrase used by Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D, and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., in their book, Intuitive Eating.

If you watch a toddler eat, they will walk away from food when they are full. As we grow, we learn to eat at times when we are not hungry. We eat during times of celebration, boredom, and distress. We ignore our natural hunger and fullness cues, often eating to the point of physical discomfort. Continually ignoring our hunger and fullness cues can lead to excessive weight gain.

One of the ten principles of Intuitive Eating is to respect your fullness. Listening for cues that your body is comfortably full can help you relearn to eat intuitively. Pause in the middle of a meal and ask yourself what is your current level of fullness? At that point, you can decide if you are still hungry.

Learning to eat intuitively can help you have a healthy relationship with food.