Informed Eating Vs Intuitive Eating

The goal with Informed Eating Academy is to teach people about food and how it affects their unique body. Being an informed eater is about knowledge; the implementation of information. With a little knowledge and mind-body connection, you too can be an informed eater.

Diet is a cringe-worthy word that no one likes to use because it puts "good food" against "bad food". You restrict, follow a plan, and then when the plan is over, you go back to eating "normal" or what you deem as normal. This rollercoaster leads to guilt, shame, and doubt that you will ever get to the goal you want to achieve. We have to STOP! We all know that diets don't work. But inevitably, we fall back on the appeal because we are simply looking for a quick fix. The word diet just means "the food that one chooses to eat". If you make an informed decision to have cake today, that doesn't make you BAD! You need to step back and look at the whole picture.

Food for thought- Imagine joining your friend's "diet challenge" and that friend advised you to do a specific workout and eat a specific diet each day to get the same results as her. Your lifestyle and genetic makeup are different than your friends and what might work for her might not work for you. Perhaps the amount of food she eats each day fills her up and makes her feel good, but that same recommendation makes you crave sugar or get obsessively hungry at night. Maybe that same friend said to stop eating eggs for breakfast and start eating yogurt and berries instead. What if YOUR body doesn't react well to yogurt and berries? What if that makes you feel tired, bloated, gassy, irritable, or even more hungry? This plan is not going to work for you. Knowing your body and lifestyle helps you make informed choices.

Intuitive eating is the craze right now... You know, the "no rules" eating RULE. Here's the thing, without being informed about what you are eating, you can't eat intuitively. Why? Because you don't know what you are consuming and how it affects your specific body, you are simply living another RULE, the "I can eat whatever I want to rule" and "if I eat a salad, I'm on a diet"; WRONG. People have taken the phrase "intuitive eating" as a pass to booze it up, carb it up, and eat all the processed food they want because they are eating what their body tells them it needs. Now, this sounds nice and all but what if you are intuitively eating your way to a health issue or completely disregarding one because you simply don't know that certain foods affect your condition? What if the foods you choose to eat don't work for your body? Body positivity is separate from intuitive eating, you CAN choose to eat healthy foods and be body positive.

On either side of the spectrum, you can be unhealthy- that's where Informed Eating comes in.

Informed Eating gives you back your power! It's about you, not about other people and what works for them. It's the ability to build understanding in how your body works. It's learning about food and your body so that you can make decisions that best fit YOU. It's knowing what's in your food, the ingredients the macros, and the micros and being able to make decisions based on what you know to be true for YOU. Informed Eating gives you back your power to enable you to make decisions from a place of knowledge not shame or guilt from either side of the spectrum. You simply gain the tools you need to make choices toward your health goals. There are no food rules! You learn how to read food labels and how foods affect your body so that when you go to that party and decline cake you won't have to say "no thanks I'm on a diet" or "I am an intuitive eater, of course, I can have that" but rather, you can say "no thank you, I don't feel like it today" or, you can make the informed decision to have the cake and know how you will feel later, YOU CHOOSE!

The bottom line- I created Informed Eating Academy because client after client saw results, ONLY when they gained the knowledge they needed to make more informed choices. When they knew the facts, they were able to make choices differently that they ever had before. They stopped going by what others told them was best for them and started making choices for THEIR body. Restrictive eating and a "no rules" mentality can both be detrimental to your health. The best thing you can do is step back and take a look at the big picture and get real about what kind of rules you have placed on yourself and decide if those rules are working for you and your desired health. The best thing you can do is take back your power and start making informed choices.

Until next time, happy eating.


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