Written by Jayelah Bush, BScN
As babies, we’re all intuitive eaters. Babies cry when they feel hungry and eat until they’re full. As we age, feelings and rules placed around food start to govern our choices. We often learn that we have to finish everything on our plate and that dessert is a reward for finishing our dinner. We learn to perceive certain foods as good for us, while others are bad. In short, we lose our inner “intuitive eater.”
So what is intuitive eating? Intuitive eating isn’t a complicated diet that requires the “food police.” Instead, eating intuitively involves understanding your internal cues about when and what to eat. Intuitive eating often supports a healthy relationship with food and may support positive health outcomes, including weight loss and healthy blood pressure levels. (5)
Keep reading below to learn more about intuitive eating and its health benefits.