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I have two exciting posts planned for this week called The Secret of Building a Healthy Food Relationship and Create a Kickass Mealtime Routine. If you follow me, you know that I subscribe to the philosophy of intuitive eating (or modified intuitive eating if a therapeutic diet is indicated). From baby led weaning all the way through parents who tap into a childlike ability to enjoy meals, intuitive eating is a natural and beautiful way for families to build healthy lifestyles, enjoy meals together, and feel their best.
If you’ve watched a toddler eat, you know that they are able to self regulate. If not prompted otherwise, they eat to satiety and stop. Over the course of a few days, they eat a balanced diet that meets their body’s nutritional needs. The enjoy eating what appeals to them and usually enjoy the social aspect of eating together, but have no specific feelings attached attached to the food itself. Often as we get older, we receive messages from family, friends, peers, and society that tell us that we must control our caloric intake or that we should/shouldn’t eat certain foods. We’re taught that our own hunger and satiety cues are not to be trusted.
Intuitive eating teaches adults and older children to return to their inborn eating habits and helps parents maintain these habits in younger children. My other posts this week will help you to dip your toes into this philosophy. Even if not all aspects of intuitive eating work for you right now, we can all make our mealtime routines a little more kickass. If you love it, I highly encourage you to grab a copy of Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole, MS RD, and Elyse Resch, MS RD FADA CEDRD.
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