Intuitive eating for a healthy balance

Food and nutrition

Published on 6 December 2017
by Isabelle Huot
Intuitive or conscious eating is a new approach recommended by many dieticians and nutritionists. Doctor and nutritionist Karine Gravel is one of Quebec’s intuitive eating specialists.

The concept was developed by Americans Evelyne Tribole, a registered dietician based in the US, and Elise Tesch, an eating disorder therapist. Their goal was to advocate for a healthy relationship with food. Supported by scientific research, the intuitive eating method has ten basic principles:

  • Reject the diet mentality that offers you false hope.
  • Honour your hunger when it is moderate.
  • Give yourself permission to eat whatever you want.
  • Stop categorizing food as either “good” or “bad”.
  • Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry.
  • Discover the satisfaction and joy of eating.
  • Honour your feelings without using food.
  • Respect your body in the present moment.
  • Be physically active to feel good, not to lose weight.
  • Make food choices that honour your health and taste buds.

Source: Karine Gravel, RD

For some, intuitive or conscious eating might seem like a difficult or even impossible task. These principles go against many popular diets and weight loss plans. A nutritionist can help you start intuitive eating, one principle at a time.

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Isabelle Huot
Doctor in nutrition