We all eat food. That is one of the reasons I've always felt able to connect with people through my work as a registered dietitian. Even if my patients don't want to talk to me about diet education, their medical status or whatever brings them into the hospital they will always have at least something to say about their food. In my career and personal life I've gone through a big shift in mindset recently with the more I've learned about Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. With this post I wanted to share some inspiring quotes on these topics as well as links to some blog posts about how to begin this journey. I'll share more about how intuitive eating looks for me and my dietetic practice in upcoming posts but for now I hope you enjoy!
"We judge food as being either good or bad, and then judge ourselves based on what we choose to eat. If we enjoy salad, we are good, but if we indulge in ice cream, we are bad . . . unless it’s guilt-free ice cream, of course. Doesn’t this sound absurd? It’s time to remove food from the scales of judgment, and remember that food is fuel for your body, and nothing more." - Cara Rosenbloom RD
"Make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel well. Remember that you do not have to eat perfectly to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal or one day of eating. It's what you eat consistently over time that matters - progress not perfection is what counts" - Rachael Hartley RD
“Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and often, bingeing. When you finally “give in” to your forbidden foods, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating and overwhelming guilt.” - Evelyn Tribole MS RDN
"Eating well means eating with compassion for yourself- for the bad and the good inside of you, and for all of the lumps, bumps, beauty and ugiliness on the outside." - Ruby Tandoh
For even more inspiration and in depth explanation check out these blog posts:
Now get out and there and eat something yummy!