Healthy & Happy - Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating was developed in 1995 by two dietitians and is an evidence based, non-diet and weight inclusive approach to eating. The intuitive eating framework supports you in becoming more attune with your body’s own hunger and fullness signals, rather than using external factors to determine your food choices and helps to improve your relationship with food.

Intuitive eating is associated with the following health benefits:

  • Greater body appreciation and satisfaction

  • Positive emotional function

  • Greater life satisfaction

  • Unconditional self-respect

  • Greater motivation to exercise

  • Lowers disordered and emotional eating

  • Better understanding of internal cues

  • Improved nutrient intake

  • Eating a wider variety of foods

  • Reduces the binge/restrict cycle

The 10 principles of intuitive eating

The intuitive eating framework is based on the below 10 principles:

  1. Reject the diet mentality

  2. Honour your hunger

  3. Make peace with food

  4. Challenge the food police

  5. Discover the satisfaction factor

  6. Feel your fullness

  7. Cope with emotions with kindness

  8. Respect your body

  9. Exercise: feel the difference

  10. Honour your health: gentle nutrition

If you would like to start your intuitive eating journey, seek support from a Registered Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian who specialise in intuitive eating. A register of certified intuitive eating counsellors can be found here.