• Emma Green

3 myths about intuitive eating

As I’m sure you know, I’m a big fan of intuitive eating. I don't think it’s is a panacea and I don't think it is for everyone at all times. However, I think it's important to debunk myths surrounding it so that you can make an informed decision about whether it is right for you. Here are 3 of the most common ones:⠀ 1. You will eat everything: Using intuition means making decisions about food based on hunger, energy, emotions and the situation you are in. If you have been restricting for a long time, you may overeat (in the same way that you will inevitably go over your macros if they are too low). However, over time this balances out. This is because when you give yourself permission to eat the foods you enjoy when you want them, you don't have the desire to eat them frequently or in large amounts.

2. You disregard nutrition: Nutrition matters and intuitive eating doesn't pretend otherwise. It is important to be aware of your nutritional needs. Intuitive eating allows you to meet these needs in a flexible way. I'd argue that you are actually more in tune with what your body needs when you are not trying to reach 3 specific macronutrient targets each day or on a strict meal plan. If you really pay attention, you will likely find that you feel best eating healthy stuff most of the time anyway.

3. You an f**K it up: Intuitive eating means ditching the all or nothing mindset. It is not a pass or fail deal, it is an ongoing work in progress. Some days you will likely overeat, other days undereat. You sometimes might eat foods that don't feel good for you. All of this is fine. It doesn't mean you've messed up. Every decision is an opportunity to learn, regardless of the consequences.

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