Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet of 2019 Isn’t a Diet at All

Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet of 2019 Isn’t a Diet at All

Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All

Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All

What if the secret to dieting is not to diet at all?

That’s the premise of several “dieting” volumes that have reached the shelves in 2019. Caroline Dooner’s bestselling The F* ck It Diet, Laura Thomas’s Just Eat It, Jenna Hollenstein’s Eat to Love, and celebrated Food Psych podcast host Christy Harrison’s forthcoming Anti-Diet all boast bright, simple covers and carry similar messages: that diets are damaging and even toxic to our bodies and intellects, and that if we really want to take back ownership of our bodies, the only way out is to dispose of dieting wholly. The answer, according to these authors, is something called intuitive eating. And you don’t need a health shake, a dinner scheme, a fitness routine, or even a calorie-counting app to make it work. You simply need to listen to your body’s own natural hunger and fullness cues.

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If you think that idea audios too good to be true, you’re not alone in your skepticism. Despite the boom of anti-diet dieting, 2019 has also been the year of keto, celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston swear by intermittent fasting, and you need look no further than Instagram to find physical trainers who swear by paleo or mothers who proudly caption images of the dinners they prepare for their families with “# whole3 0mom .” Thanks to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, ridiculous menus like Helen Gurley Brown’s wine and egg diet that Vogue published in the 1970 s can go viral.

But even if diet culture remains alive and well, the rising popularity of books that advocate abandoning your diet constructs one thing clear: Consumers who are fed up with chronic dieting may be hungry for a revolution. The same social media platforms that can be used to spread diets are now becoming a space where people recommend intuitive eating-friendly podcasts like Food Psych, sort supportive Intuitive Eating Facebook groups, and circulate cheerful illustrations like the one of intuitive eating( IE) cofounder Evelyn Tribole declaring that food is” not a moral issue .”

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Radical as it may be, ditching diet culture isn’t actually such a new idea. The founders of the intuitive eating movement, Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole, published the first edition of their book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works over two decades ago, in 1995. According to Resch, she and Tribole were both registered dieticians who shared an office space. They were each working on their own separate writing projects, and when they realized their notions overlapped, they decided to join forces. Their book–which has since spawned second, third, and fourth editions, and most recently the Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens–was born.

Resch told the Daily Dot that she thinks the current spike in interest in intuitive eating is thanks in part to the Me Too movement. She explained:” The #MeToo movement … has[ spread] the idea that our bodies are not to be controlled by other people, and I think that there is a correlation between girls ultimately starting to stand up for themselves and not being physically or sexually abused[ and saying no to diet culture ]. I think that dieting is abusive and weight stigma is abusive .”

Resch’s hypothesis may not be such a big logical leaping. It’s no secret that diet culture teaches us our bodies need to be restricted and controlled. So, in an era when women are saying they’re tired of having to fight for ownership of their own bodies, it follows that we’d see a departure from traditional diet culture.

Just as girls hired social media to create a collective swell of voices for Me Too, the new the heads of state of intuitive eating and their adherents are vocal and passionate about sharing their dieting discoveries online. Likewise, though the aims of intuitive eating’s founders and its followers may be noble, the attention-seeking world of social media often muddies messages and warps images. The internet may be spreading the good word of intuitive eating, but it’s also spreading a new aspirational image of what “freedom” from dieting looks like. And it’s one that may not always be so healthy.

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Intuitive eating founder Evelyn Tribole is grateful for the advances of social media.” I’m thrilled at how much attention it’s getting ,” she told the Daily Dot. Facebook groups like Intuitive Eating for Beginners boast virtually 5,000 members. The Intuitive Eating and Body Love Support Group has over 6,000 members. And that influence has spilled over into the professional realm.” We now have over 900 professionals who are certified and trained in[ intuitive eating] in 23 countries ,” Tribole said. Meanwhile, over on Instagram, there are over 1.1 million posts hashtagged #intuitiveeating.” I couldn’t believe how many donuts I ensure !” Evelyn Tribole said, laughing as she scrolled through the hashtag recently. The enthusiastic posting of cakes, pizzas, and burgers tickled her.” It’s like, oh my God, people get excited about what they can eat !”

Perhaps more so than #MeToo, intuitive eating’s online evolution mirrors the complications of the #BodyPositivity movement. Many have critiqued body positivity posts where thin women in skimpy garment wax poetic about espousing the skin they’re in. The impact can be othering: Instead of creating the feelings of inclusion that the body positivity movement originally intended to evoke, anyone who knows a less than perfect figure is reminded that there is a hierarchy of which bodies are deemed beautiful and lovable and which are seen as less than. While there are largely image-free forums–like an intuitive eating subreddit where one can learn about intuitive eating without being inundated with aspirational images of thin females learning to love themselves–scroll through Instagram, and you’ll likely notice a distinct pattern.

Much like influencers post glam shoots of the views from their hotel rooms, influential intuitive eaters post boastful images of all the indulgent treats they get to eat. Consider, for example, a picture intuitive eating coach Alissa Rumsey recently shared with her 22,000 followers of herself eating a chocolate-dipped key lime pie.

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Rumsey’s caption reflects on rejecting “traditional” beauty standards, explaining that she opts “joy.” Rumsey later edited the post to acknowledge her thin privilege after a follower called her out, but scroll down further, and you’ll see that the same post is promoting an online course called ” Body Image Reboot .” According to Rumsey’s website, nutrition coaching starts at $ 299 a month, includes a 75 -minute initial consultation, two 35 -minute follow up sessions per month, copies of Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook, weekly intuitive eating journal reviews and feedback, and” unlimited email supporting .”

Similarly, Claudia Felty, a” non-diet dietician” with over 50,000 adherents, often posts split-screen images of “truths” and “myths” about the foods we deem healthy and unhealthy. In many posts, she shares images of herself feigning misery while dieting alongside herself grinning while not dieting. In one post, she holds a bowl of chocolates while pouting uneasily under the label ” silly .” Under the “smart” alternative, Felty smiles as she lifts a chocolate to her lips.

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The posts exemplify what attains intuitive feeing so enticing–and what attains it very confused. IE coaches insist that they aren’t here to help you lose weight, but it’s impossible to disentangle any diet, even one where you avoided dieting, from issues of body image. After all, diets are sold to us as a route to shrink our bodies to a more ideal size. And, since so many of the women marketing intuitive eating today are doing so in very small bodies–while eating sugary, fatty, or high-carb foods like cake and pizza–it’s hard to imagine that its popularity isn’t also thanks to the highly Instagrammable ideal that it promises its clients. Intuitive eating seems to be saying you can have your cake and eat it, too.

So what is intuitive eating, actually? Traditionally, the operating principle of diets is limited. There are things you cannot eat in certain quantities for a specified period of time. Intuitive eating turns that principle on its head. All food is permitted, there is no portion-sizing , no calorie-counting, and there are no windows of period when feeing is forbidden. You ate, quite simply, when you are hungry until you aren’t hungry anymore. And eating when you aren’t hungry is allowed, too. The notion isn’t to eat donuts for every meal , nor is it to stick to leafy greens every day, but instead to make room for all kinds of food and to eat according to what your body is actually asking for–a simple, but often challenging task for anyone who’s expended years ignoring her body’s signals.

In fact, intuitive eating is so deceptively simple that it can easily be warped into a tool for dieting. If you do a cursory search of Instagram for intuitive eating coach-and-fours, you’ll detect women who call themselves intuitive eating experts who also say they’ll teach you how to lose weight. According to Resch, anyone who publicizes such a service is perverting the true message of intuitive eating.” Intuitive eating is about radical acceptance ,” she said, and she cautioned against anyone who presents intuitive eating as a tool for intentionally altering your body size.

Resch did, however , note that over the years she and Tribole have had to edit out weight-focused language to clarify their message.” We were not as evolved as we supposed ,” she explained.” We thought we were doing this really great thing–it was a non-diet approach, it was making peace with food–but there was an agenda, probably for some people, of’ if you tune into your signals, you’ll get to a better body weight .’ A plenty of people was considered that .”

Author of The F* ck It Diet, Caroline Dooner, should be remembered that when she first read Intuitive Eating, she misinterpreted its message.” I read it when I was 18 years old and had seriously ailment feeing, but had no idea that I did … So I interpreted it as a route to lose weight.[ I thought] it was supposed to be about … listening[ to your body] so closely that you feed the smallest possible amount .” Dooner explained that she rediscovered the principles of what she now recognizes as intuitive eating through many years of blogging and personal research. In a quest to understand her own complicated relationship with food, Dooner began blogging anonymously on her website, the F* ck It Diet, around 2012.

” I was writing about it and it was really scary to me because it was so new ,” Dooner said. Dooner had sought acting and find herself constantly preoccupying over maintaining or reducing her weight.

It was only when she started to read about the Health At Every Size movement that she realized that,” The scapegoating of weight … can put us in a tumultuous relationship with food .” According to the Association for Size Diversity and Health, the principles of Health at Every Size are weight inclusivity, health improvement, respectful care, eating for wellbeing, and life-enhancing movement. In other terms, anyone at any size can pursue health through nutrition, care, and movement, with allowance for personal selections and without the goal of altering their body size. While there is no formal relationship between HAES and intuitive eating, the movements are often uttered in the same breath because of their shared body acceptance philosophies.

Although Dooner identifies neither as a dietician nor a scientist, she felt compelled to write about her journey.” What I am is a communicator and a novelist. I felt comfortable to share the information[ I was learning] and infusing it with humor .” She eventually began working as a life and nutritional coach-and-four. When she turned her blog into a volume, she said she was inspired to share the emotional message she, personally, had been longing to hear.” Intuitive Eating has a wonderful message, but I couldn’t hear it from that book .” According to Dooner, the aggressive and funny speech in her volume is based on a desire to connect with the more emotional aspects of the challenges of making peace with food.

One of the big emotions Dooner mentioned repeatedly was fear.” People are scared of how hungry they are … I needed someone to tell me that[ starvation] is normal. It actually induces sense if we reframe it .”

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Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All
Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All
Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All
Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All
Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All

Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All

Intuitive Eating: The Hottest Diet Of 2019 Isn't A Diet At All

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