The human relationship with food is very different today from where it first started. Instead of cherishing and working for our meals, in many wealthy countries, there is an abundance of food everywhere we turn. We eat for pleasure, when we're bored, or to help comfort us through our lows. We all do it, but we feel guilty about listening to our body's instincts and enjoying our food for what it is. Many cultures that value thinness set out food rules; they tell you to ignore your pangs of hunger and stifle cravings because what your body really needs isn't what it's telling you, it needs to be regulated and maintained in order to stay thin.
Diet fads and various forms of food restriction come and go, and many leave us feeling dissatisfied with the results and most of all our bodies; they're hard to stick to and we often don't see any benefits in the end. If you're privy to health podcasts, wellness blogs, body positivity, or antidiet movement, chances are you've heard of intuitive eating (IE). Intuitive eating is NOT a diet, rather it is a form of gentle nutrition and mindfulness that helps us to make peace with food that honors our bodies' needs and listens to our bodies' internal cues rather than stifling them. In this blog, we'll dig into the ins and outs of intuitive eating and explore if supplements have a place alongside intuitive eating's approach to gentle nutrition and body acceptance.