Intuitive Eating Vs Dieting

I was stuck in the diet world/ disordered eating for 10+ years. There were rules, restriction, quilt, obsession, shame, torture,  misery- Yeah you get the picture. It was really a sick time in my life because it was the only thing I thought about. 

It wasn't until I found intuitive eating (and a bunch of other things) that I was able to ditch the diet and eat with intuition. 

Yes, it may sound a little woo woo but taking on the intuitive eating approach has seriously changed my life. 

So I wanted to give you a little guide I guess you can say on the difference between intuitive eating and dieting. 

Diet Talk: 
I hate my body, I will never be thin enough.

Intuitive Eating:
I have learned to love the body that I am in today. I send my body love and choose to accept my body because I know that weight loss and beauty have nothing to do with each other. 

Diet Talk: 
I can NEVER eat that because it has too many calories. 

Intuitive Eating: 
It doesn't matter how many calories are in that. If my body craves it then I get to eat it. 

Diet Talk: 
I should order the salad because I ate too much yesterday. 

Intuitive Eating:
I want to order the salad because my body is craving something fresh.

Diet Talk:
I can't eat that because I just ate a couple hours ago even though I'm hungry. 

Intuitive Eating:
I know I just ate lunch but my body still feels hungry so it's perfect timing you offered me something to eat. 

Diet Talk: 
I restricted all day so I could eat dessert tonight. I can't believe I almost ate the entire pie to myself, I'm beyond full, and can't breathe. 

Intuitive Eating:
Even though I knew there would be lots of dessert to choose from at dinner tonight I listened to my body and ate when I was hungry throughout the day. After dinner when it was time for dessert I chose what looked the most delicious to me and had a few bites of each. I was completely satisfied. I knew if I wanted more dessert I could have it but my body was content. 

Diet Talk: 
I go through this cycle where I eat perfect and then I fall apart and binge over the weekend. When Monday comes around I get back on track for the week and then fall into another binge.

Intuitive Eating:
Once I stopped restricting and gave myself permission to eat what my body wanted I stopped binging completely. 

Diet Talk: 
If I allowed myself to eat whatever I want I would NEVER stop eating. Also I would choose only indulgent foods and never go for anything nutritional. This is why I will always have to diet- I feel trapped. 

Intuitive Eating:
I trust my body. I know that because I give myself permission to eat whatever I want my body is always craving different things at different times. Sometimes I'm craving juicy ripe fruit, fresh green salads, protein, grains, and avocados AND sometimes I crave all kinds of sweets, ice cream, french fries, enchiladas, chips, and all of the "soul food" that makes me happy. I always know that all of it is available to me and I choose what sounds satisfying in the moment- I listen to when my body is full and know that if I want more food I can always have it. I live a life of balance with food. I feel complete freedom. 

 

I know it may sound scary to sop dieting but if it hasn't worked for you yet then trying something different is risk free. Even if you think dieting works to maintain your weight ask yourself how much you think about food. Ask if you are truly happy and if being in the diet world is something you can maintain forever. 

Hopefully you were able to see the difference physically with intuitive eaters and dieters but I hope you mostly noticed the difference in MINDSET. 

If you would like to learn how to ditch the diet and take on the intuitive eating approach - you can learn A TON by getting this FREE Body Love Nutrition Chat email series. 

Please comment below or email me and ask me ANYTHING! 
lauren@thebodylovetribe.com

With love + intuition, 
Lauren

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Lauren McAulay