Recently I came across a book that had me realize how much mindfulness comes into play with what we eat. It’s called The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food, co-authored by this week’s guest, Elyse Resch.
Elyse is a nutrition therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She is the author of The Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens and the upcoming (2021) The Intuitive Eating Journal, the co-author of Intuitive Eating, soon to be released in its 4th edition.
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With thirty-eight years of experience, Elyse has discovered that we are each born with an innate knowing around what we eat. However, we often lose this inner connection as we age. She has spent her career helping people reconnect with the wisdom for eating intuitively, offering a new way for us to look at food and mealtime and an invitation to let go of unhealthy weight control behaviors. Most importantly, she teaches us how to stop feeling so distressed around what we eat and to make peace with food.
I learned so, so much from Elyse’s book and from this conversation. I know you will too!
To learn more about Elyse, her books and her practice, you can connect with her at www.elyseresch.com.
- Intuitive eating is about diving into the innate inner wisdom about eating that most of us are born with. The trouble is, most of us have never learned to tune into that inner wisdom.
- Part of the process of becoming an intuitive eater is about cultivating body attuning so that we can be aware of and present to what the body is telling us. Mindfulness is a huge part of intuitive eating and staying present to all the signals the body is giving you and not just eating mindlessly.
- Satisfaction is the driving force of intuitive eating. We eat food that makes us feel good—not just while we eat it but afterward—we stay attuned to our hunger and fullness, and we begin to release judgement around our food.
- A big part of the healing process around food is to dive into how your eating was influenced, formed and conditioned when you were a child. A big part of the Intuitive Eating Workbook process is going back and healing our psychological relationship with food.
- Everyone is an individual and by learning to listen to our own body’s messages—instead of the external messages we get or a prescriptive method offered in a diet book—we begin to make peace with food and our bodies.
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