What intuitive eating looks like
There’s increased discussion now about diet culture, how pervasive it is and how harmful it can be, which is an important conversation to have. However, too often I see people claiming to be rejecting it whilst simultaneously engaging in behaviours and language that reinforce it. Whilst I’m aware that everyone has a journey, it’s important to be honest with yourself and others so that you don’t dilute a movement and cause others to be misled. Rejecting diet culture does not just mean ditching fad diets. It means rejecting any form of nutrition plan that is based upon limiting the amount of food you eat in a day. That means no meal plans, no counting calories and no tracking macros. Rejecting diet culture means using your own internal cues to guide your food choices, which includes hunger, cravings, energy levels and knowledge about how foods make you feel. It means not putting limits on the amount of food you eat in a day based on arbitrary guidelines. It means not punishing yourself after eating something ‘bad’ or trying to ‘earn your food’. It means accepting wherever you body wants to be rather than trying to change or control it. It means not making exercise choices based on how many calories you think it will burn or how it will shape your body. It means acknowledging that heath is not a certain body size or shape. It means distinguishing health-promoting behaviours from intentional weight loss.