Intuitive Eating: The One ‘Diet’ to Rule Them All

Forget label, eat intuitively

If you are like me, you might have tried several diets in an effort to find the One Diet to Rule Them All.

When I first switched from my muffin vegetarian ways to a healthier way of eating, I tried on many ‘labels’ – vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, raw food…

I quickly realized a simple truth.

No philosophy or external expert can tell you how to nourish your body.

The only true authority on what nourishes you best is…you.

To truly honour your unique needs, start to distinguish between what your mind wants – what it thinks you SHOULD or SHOULDN’T be eating – and what your body wants.

Let go of the diet labels and start to listen to the messages your body is giving you instead.

Experiment with different foods and feel their effects on a body level. Notice how you feel bloated or heavy after eating certain foods while other foods make you feel satisfied and energized. Notice what times of day you feel better eating a heavy or lighter meal.

Realize that what works for you at one stage of life does not necessarily work at other stages. Or that what works for you in summer might not work in winter.

View your eating as an on-going experiment and become curious about making shifts that really make your body sing.

In doing this, you will find that perhaps you need to eat some good quality animal products to feel more grounded. Or perhaps a mostly vegan or raw food diet actually is what really makes you feel amazing, and not only what your mind thinks you should eat. Or maybe you find yourself eating completely differently from one month or season to another, depending on what your body needs in the moment.

So the best diet there is, in my opinion? Starting a life-long dialogue with your body to truly listen to your unique needs.

Since I used a reference from Lord of the Rings with “One ring to rule them all”, I am including a photo of my husband and me in New Zealand visiting what is left of the movie set – we are both big Tolkien fans!

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  • Cassiopée on Sep 29, 2014 Reply

    I am amazed on how what you wrote just fits in perfectly with the inspiring book I finished yesterday night about mindful eating/”manger en pleine conscience” by Dr Jan Chozen Bays. She and yourself are so right about the same topic, the intuitive approach with a big bunch of self-compassion and love toward oneself.
    After my reading, I am inclined to say there is one rule, very synthetic: LOVE YOURSELF and treat your body but also your mind as preciously as they deserve – which means a lot, and usually far more than what we are encouraged to do.
    I would be very interested if you have books’ recommandation on this topic.

    Thanks for the insightful post and have a wonderful and tasty autumn!

    Cassiopée

    • Hiba on Sep 29, 2014 Reply

      Thanks for your comment Cassiopée! You are so right about trusting and loving yourself enough to eat the way that works for you. The best book on the subject is Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch and I also really liked the Yoga of Eating by Charles Eisenstein that I talk about here:
      http://www.healthwise.ch/6-books-changed-thinking-2013/

  • Nesrin on Sep 29, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for this post Hiba – the above quote really spoke to me. I do agree so very much. The way I eat in summer is so different to winter – and at different times in my life I have (and will) eat differently as well.

    “Realize that what works for you at one stage of life does not necessarily work at other stages. Or that what works for you in summer might not work in winter.”

    Love reading you!

    Nesrin

    • Hiba on Sep 29, 2014 Reply

      Thanks for your comment Nesrin, I’m glad it spoke to you! You sound like a naturally intuitive eater :)

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