The What, Why, When, How and Where of ‘Nutrition Intuition’ explained

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You’ve probably heard me talk a lot about ‘nutrition intuition’. I thought it was timely to explore this term in more detail. When skills around nutrition intuition are fine-tuned, there is usually a natural positive flow-on effect. Your overall nutrition balances out across many areas (or puzzle pieces as I like to explain), therefore encouraging an adequate dietary intake. For example, in my clients who practise intuitive eating, I notice we don’t need to spend much time on the ‘what’ of nutrition, being the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for their personal situation as their body naturally gravitates towards the types and quantities of foods it needs.

What is nutrition intuition?

It’s all about eating intuitively. Eating intuitively is enjoying a variety of food (‘everyday foods’ and ‘sometimes foods’ from the AGHE) according to what your body needs, when your appetite tells you you’re hungry and/or feels like eating, which leads to a balanced diet.

Why is nutrition intuition so important?

If we can “become one with our food”, that is, create long-lasting healthy eating and lifestyle habits, our relationship with food and body image is more likely to be positive.

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When to do I need to eat intuitively?

All the time! It is something we are born with but for many reasons we lose touch with this nutrition superpower. Make nutrition intuition a priority in your life sooner rather than later for the sake of your health.

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How to stay in tune?

This takes practise, practise and more practise. The amount of practise depends on your personal circumstances and how you see your relationship with food. An APD specialising in improving your relationship with food can help you to improve your skills around nutrition intuition. Changing one nutrition behaviour is much more realistic to achieve. These small change will accumulate over time and momentum will build increasing your motivation to stick with the positive changes. You will get to a point where the habit is formed and you no longer need to focus much energy or thought power into maintaining your new nutrition skill.

Where to find the motivation to focus on ‘nutrition intuition’?

To continue the motivation to fine tune your healthy nutrition behaviours, I recommend seeing an APD who specialises in the non-dieting and Health at Every Size®1 approaches. These dietitians will be able to work with you to understand your situation, your strengths, weakness and help you to overcome any barriers/potential barriers to improving your relationship with food and your body image.

For more information on intuitive eating visit Eating Intuitively Online Community.

[1] Health At Every Size and HAES are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.

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What’s your next step after reading this post? I’d love to read your comments. Also feel free to share this important nutrition skill on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

If you want to learn more about how to reconnect with your appetite, grab your copy of The Essential Guide to Never Dieting Again here.

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