Everyone’s diet is different and finding the one that works best for you can be difficult. There are many unique views on what the healthiest things to eat making it tough to find and stick to something that works. Nutritional Therapists at Behavioral Nutrition know that everybody has different preferences and work to identify a diet that works for each one of our clients.
Intuitive Eating is a way of eating that focuses on nourishing your body. It is more than eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full, and it does not involve or encourage any restricting, fasting, or counting calories. The principles behind Intuitive Eating involve honoring yourself (emotionally, mentally, and physically), exploring your relationship with food, and working toward healing your relationship with your body. It also encourages you to identify your beliefs regarding different types of food – like why some foods you might label as “junk” and others as “healthy,” and further your understanding of your thoughts surrounding “diets”, weight loss, and the “thin ideal”.
Many people experience feelings of anxiety and shame around food. This could mean for some they experience confusion while grocery shopping and preparing meals, and for others feelings of guilt when eating or immediately after eating. Rather than applying negative stigmas to food, practicing Intuitive Eating allows individuals to feel confident in their choices and the freedom to be comfortable with the foods they eat throughout their day. This can lead to a greater sense of confidence, self worth, self-respect, and more time to focus on meaningful matters in their lives.
Behavioral Nutrition always focuses on personalized care regarding mental and physical health. We understand that everyone’s body and mind are unique and work closely with our patients. Our goal is to educate and liberate our patients through personalized care unique to your anatomy and physiology. Our nutritionists at Behavioral Nutrition specialize in creating plans that support intuitive eating and strive to empower our clients.
Balanced Eating Practices
Many of us suffer with negative food associations. Fortunately, there are several resources available to help start the practice of Intuitive Eating. At Behavioral Nutrition, we employ an array of support tools to help our patients, including workbooks. One in particular is The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN. If you or a loved one would like to hear more information on Intuitive Eating and pursue balanced eating practices, contact Behavioral Nutrition for an evaluation to get started with a Behavioral Therapist and Clinical Dietician.