Have you ever seen a lion on a diet?
Or a herd of zebras fretting about their carb intake?
Of course not.
These majestic creatures use their instincts to navigate nature's buffet. And humans can do the same because we have the same instincts.
But a big difference between us and them is that zebras don't have zebra parents worrying about their weight, or zebra friends teaching them to diet, or screens displaying dolled-up zebras to aspire to.
In other words, they were never taught to mistrust their eating instincts or their bodies, whereas many of us were. Losing touch with our instincts is dangerous to our health as it can set us up for shame, self-doubt, and even disordered eating. But with a little help, we can put that conditioning aside and reconnect with our eating instincts.
For people recovering from eating disorders, intuitive eating can be a lifesaver. It helps them reconnect with their bodies and their internal cues for hunger and fullness, rather than relying on external rules and restrictions.
Plus, it allows them to enjoy food in a way that feels natural and enjoyable, rather than guilt-inducing. It's a game-changer for anyone who's ever felt trapped by the restrictive world of dieting. If you are struggling with disordered eating and would like to reconnect with your instincts, check out these intuitive eating resources:
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD
Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD
Or, if you'd like one-on-one help or online classes to assist you in your recovery journey, check us out at nondietinghealth.com.