What is Intuitive Eating? - Part 1

Research shows that diets fail. It’s a fact; 95% of people who go on diets to lose weight regain all, if not more, of the weight that they lost.

As a result, ethically, I cannot promise weight loss to you or anyone else.

But here’s what I will do for you. I will help you to become an intuitive eater.

“Great, so what is intuitive eating?” you may be thinking. Instead of listing or paraphrasing the Ten Principles of Intuitive Eating (which I encourage you to check out here), I want to share with you what your life could look like as an intuitive eater.

You will be able to make food-related decisions independent of your weight or body shape.

In other words, you will eat what you want, when you want it, in quantities that feel satisfying to you, regardless of your current weight or size.

This might sound counterproductive or even foolish, but doing so moves you towards a place of greater alignment. Why is this important?

Because when you are in alignment, not only do you feel good, but you attract the results that you’re wanting in the first place.

For example, if you want to feel at peace with food, the best thing you can do is work towards enjoying the experience of eating.

Feeling good about doing what you need to do to manifest the outcome that you want puts you into alignment. Struggling keeps it from happening.                                                                                     - Daylle Deanna Schwartz

In terms of eating, this means that you no longer have to rely on unsatisfying, low-calorie diet foods. You are free to say goodbye to meal replacement shakes, frozen diet meals, low-carb protein bars, zero calorie dressings, and fake maple syrup. Why? Because these diet foods, or “fake foods” will not give you a truly satisfying eating experience. As you begin your intuitive eating journey, you will learn to check in with your body to see what it wants in the moment. You will pay attention to what sounds good right now. This means that you will eat foods that are pleasurable and satisfying to YOU, which could include full-fat Greek yogurt, milk chocolate, fine cheeses, or pasta with your favorite sauce. When you feel that you have full permission to eat all foods, and you make choices that reflect this, you will feel more connected to your body and its intuitive signals (alignment!). This means that you will feel good! And because you are in alignment, you will attract MORE positive outcomes. You will be able to move about your day without always coming back to thoughts such as, “I would like to have a piece of dessert, but I’ve already reached my calorie quota for dinner. If I eat more, I’ve failed. I will be proving to myself that I can’t do this; that I’m weak. And worst of all, I might gain weight.” Instead, you will begin to feel an ease around eating; you will feel at peace with food.

In Summary

While it might seem counterintuitive to eat without regard to your current weight, the exact opposite is true. When you give yourself true, unconditional permission to eat, you will find yourself in a place of greater alignment. Consequently, you will attract more of what you’re searching for. However, I understand that it might feel overwhelming to think about giving yourself permission to eat all foods all at once. I found it helpful when I focused on just one food during one meal period.  

In addition, when you eat based on your wants, desires, and needs, you are cultivating an environment for yourself where you will feel free to stop eating because your mental needs and your physical needs have been met. More on this coming in Part 2.

Click here if you have any questions or want to see how intuitive eating can improve YOUR relationship with food.