The Secret Weapon to Dieting: Intuitive Eating
By Shannon Hayes Buescher, MS, RD, LD
Did you know that a $60 billion industry has you convinced that you need the latest meal plan, workout, powder, or pill? This industry that has preyed on you to feel that your body will never be good enough has stolen so much more than just your money. The diet industry has taken countless hours away from you, which you spent obsessing over food, calories or points. It has stolen your trust, intuition, respect and appreciation for your body.
Diets have been proven, study after to study, to NOT work. Research has shown that any weight loss that is achieved on a diet will be regained, along with an additional 5-10 pounds (or more) within 1- 5 years. But that’s not all, every time you diet, you are lowering your metabolism. Therefore, weight becomes harder and harder to lose and you find yourself resorting to stricter and more depriving diets, only to be met with weight gain once again.
What if I told you that you were not the failure? The diet was. What if I told you that you could throw “willpower with food” out the window? What if there was an approach to food that you could eat what your body wanted, and you could stop eating when you felt satisfied? The answer? Intuitive Eating.
Intuitive Eating, created and written by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, is an evidenced-based, anti-diet approach to food. Intuitive Eating is a process of reconnecting to your body and using your body as the guide for eating. The principles of Intuitive Eating help you to examine your relationship with food and your body. This relationship has often been damaged from years of dieting and living in the strong diet culture that we are in. You are taught to disconnect from your body, to follow what the plan says, not what your body says.
As you work through the process of Intuitive Eating, you look at how diet rules have impacted your relationship with food. You become aware of how connected you are to the cues of hunger, fullness, and the importance of satiation. You pay attention to how certain foods make your body feel. You listen to what activities energize and rejuvenate you, rather than deplete or punish you for last night’s meal. You look at how well you are respecting your body. You examine why you use food to numb your feelings. You find the ways that you’ve needed to care for yourself that were missing. You find permission in place of deprivation. You find kindness and peace where there once was war.
Intuition with your body is something that has always been there. We are born with it. Finding your way back to that trust and self-reliance with food can be a scary, messy journey. But it is one worth taking to discover that you, in fact, are the expert of your own body, not anyone else.
Shannon Hayes Buescher, MS, RD, LD, has over 15 years of experience working with people to help heal their relationship with food and their body. She is a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who is passionate in helping people heal from the diet culture. She has a private practice, located in Chesterfield and offers individual or virtual sessions, as well as online Intuitive Eating groups.