WTF is Diet Culture & What is Intuitive Eating?

Updated: May 21, 2021

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What the heck is diet culture? What is Intuitive Eating & Why does it matter?

At this point in the year, it seems that headlining every other lifestyle magazine is the "Summer Beach Body Cleanse" or "Drop 5 pounds in 5 Days". As we prepare for warmer weather and fewer clothes we also tend to prepare our bodies. While I do love setting goals around health and well-being, in our society, sadly, much of the time, "getting healthy" is confused with dieting, restricting, and overexercising. No one size fits health for all. The "shoulds" we think we need to do because we live in a society that tells us a specific thin body type is healthy is not what we should be doing. Instead, my definition of health is doing what's best for you and listening to your body. Remember that only YOU know what that is based on your life and current circumstances.

Ah, diet culture, our best dream and simultaneous nightmare. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, it seems as if every news outlet is writing about the latest fad, juice cleanse, or gluten, sugar, dairy-free diet. With weight loss, diet, and health trends so prevalent in today's world, it can be confusing and hard to determine what is right and wrong? 3 meals a day or 8 meals? Breakfast or intermittent fasting? Forcing yourself to follow a diet or method, restricting, and avoiding your body's natural hunger and fullness signals will only leave you to overeat, binge, or develop an unhealthy relationship with food in the end. One of the newer, most popular "trends", which we have been born practising, is the Intuitive Eating method. Eat when you're hungry and stop when you are full. Simple right?

While this may sound like a piece of cake, it is much harder than it appears. Intuitive eating can be defined as an eating style that promotes a healthy attitude towards food and body image. It responds to our body's wants, cravings, needs without judgment and the pressures or brainwashed food myths plaguing our mind. Though this should be an easy, intuitive process, for many people, it's not. Many factors are considered when it comes to intuitive eating, such as emotional hunger versus physical hunger. Another factor involved in intuitive eating is the satisfaction factor. It is essentially asking yourself, "how does it taste after the first bite?". Recognizing this factor can help your body determine the appropriate amounts and what you should be consuming. Realize what truly makes you feel good inside and out while satisfying your needs. Intuitive eating is something I am still