Brief History of Intuitive Eating
Intuitive eating was a concept originally developed over two decades ago and since then it has become a respected approach used in the final stages of healing eating disorders, turning around disordered eating, and ending yo-yo dieting. It has a growing body of peer-reviewed research to support it.
The first edition of the book Intuitive Eating was published in the 1990s, written by two dietitians, Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD. They found that the people they worked with would lose weight on restrictive diets in the short term, only to gain the weight back again and again. Prescribing diets became basically unethical, as it was clear the practice was not really helping people. They developed intuitive eating based on what they saw in their professional work that really DID help people with their relationship to eating, food, and their bodies. Since the original edition came out there have been two more editions of the book, and an excellent accompanying workbook that was published in 2017, which I highly recommend.
I have seen intuitive eating twisted and re-invented to basically be another diet, and that is the very opposite of what it was established to do. This is why I took the steps to become certified, to confidently apply and teach the principles as intended.
The Principles of Intuitive Eating
These are guiding principles of intuitive eating, they are not rules. They are meant to be flexible and explored with curiosity and kindness. Intuitive eating is a gentle practice of balancing back to listening to and trusting our bodies as well as advocating for our care. Each of these 10 principles come from the book Intuitive Eating, as well as my training materials. The notes after each are mine, my thoughts and insights from working with people around these principles.