How I Reconcile Intuitive Eating and Veganism
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FROM Carol Ray, MVLCE, NBC-HW, MainStreet
March 2022

Whereas diet culture has created the idea of good food and bad food, intuitive eating seeks to quash that idea by removing stigma and judgement and creating freedom to eat all foods.

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The other day my husband asked me what this new coach certification Iíve been working towards is all about. I told him, ďIntuitive eating.Ē When he didnít respond, I glanced up, and could tell from his little bit of a snicker (no pun intended), he was considering making some hilarious joke. Kind of like when he asks me what magazine Iím reading and I say, ďItís a running magazine.Ē

To him, reading about doing something as seemingly natural as running makes no sense, and likewise, learning how to eat intuitively seems, well, counterintuitive. Iím happy for him not to have had a lifetime of diet culture, food, weight, or body image issues. But in my world, eating intuitively was sucked out of me at a very young age.

If youíre not familiar with intuitive eating, you may see the words and assume itís all about eating whenever, whatever, and however much you want. That is far too simplistic, and disregards how nuanced this approach is. At its core, intuitive eating is a non-restrictive, anti-diet approach primarily focused on reconnecting with the innate wisdom we all have about eating. It was originally developed in the 1990s by two registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.


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