What is Intuitive Eating and is it Right for EveryBODY?

Created by Erica Leon, Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Specialist, Marcia Meislin, Author, The Goodbye Cookie: A Memoir About Never Giving Up and Michelle McGahan, Project Manager of The Goodbye Cookie
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all be mindful of what we put into our bodies and how each food tastes and feels? To be able to discern, in the moment, whether we’ve had enough and are satisfied? To respect our bodies, including our personal genetic blueprint?

These are some of the principles behind “Intuitive Eating,” a method described in the book of the same title authored by Registered Dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. At its core, the Intuitive Eating approach believes that each person is the expert over her body as she learns to trust herself and develop a healthy relationship with food. This means saying “goodbye” to food police, negative self-judgments, shaming and “shoulds”; and saying “hello” to honoring hunger, registering fullness cues, and finding new ways to comfort oneself without food.

But is intuitive eating right for everyBODY?

The following discussion took place between Marcia Meislin, author of The Goodbye Cookie, a memoir on binge-eating disorder, and her nutritionist, Erica Leon, a Certified Intuitive Eating specialist. It was conducted by Michelle McGahan, Project Manager of The Goodbye Cookie.


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