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Drop the Diet in 2018

posted 01/17/182 comments

The Food Police

“I just don’t know how to eat.”

“How much food am I supposed to eat?”

“I am addicted to sugar.”

“I can’t eat after 6 pm.”

When clients come into to see me, some of their biggest frustrations and food fears come from their inner food policing voice.   As a nutritionist, I have seen firsthand — over the last 7 years of practice — how diets don’t work. Instead, they have only made my clients feel frustrated, and ultimately like failures, because the extremes of dieting are frankly not sustainable.

When I discovered Intuitive Eating and the work of nutritionists Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, I was excited to find a focus on rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food. It made complete sense to me. Forget the diet rules, restrictions, rewards and punishments, and control of counting calories or “points.”

Instead, let’s focus on a way of eating where you make food choices based on honoring your hunger, satisfaction, and pleasure sensations while listening to your body’s inner cues.

What is Intuitive Eating?

We are born as natural intuitive eaters, with the innate ability to need to know how to eat for nourishment.   As we grow, we also find pleasure and social connection through food. We look forward to celebrating birthdays, holidays, and have fond memories of our favorite comfort foods from our childhood. We begin to lose our natural intuitive eater when rules and restrictions are built around food. We learn that we have to finish our entire plate of food before we are allowed to have dessert. If we make good grades, we can stop by the ice cream shop. We have been taught that food is a reward. Fast forward to adulthood. We had a long 10-hour work day, are tired, and feel that we deserve to eat an entire pizza. Food is the reward. Reflecting back on our relationship with food in our childhood can provide us with insight about our relationship with food today.

The principles of intuitive eating can be used to reconnect you back to your internal hunger cues, discover radical self-acceptance, and finally feel food freedom. Intuitive eating is a simple concept, wrapped deeply in a combination of both evidenced-based nutritional sciences and food psychology.

Is Intuitive Eating Right for Me?

Would you like to rediscover the joy in eating, and heal your relationship with food for good? Intuitive Eating can help with this, especially if …

  • You are always looking for the next diet trend.
  • You feel like you’re missing out on life by limiting your social activities based on your diet.
  • You feel like you don’t know how to eat.
  • You feel like you can’t be trusted or out of control with certain foods.

The Ten Principles of Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating encompasses 10 principles that are at the core of healing your relationship with food and reconnecting back to your body’s hunger cues.

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality
  2. Honor Your Hunger
  3. Make Peace with Food
  4. Challenge the Food Police
  5. Respect your Fullness
  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
  7. Honor Your Feelings without Using Food
  8. Respect your Body
  9. Exercise-Feel the Difference
  10. Honor Your Health

Learn More

Building back trust in your body’s cues, after years of dieting, can be hard. But understanding that your body holds the wisdom to nourish itself is true freedom. Join me for a diet-free 2018 in my 10-week intuitive eating course, or join me, counselor Michelle Doyle, and yoga instructor Sari Weston for a multidisciplinary approach with the support of a group, beginning in February at The Bindu.

All the best and Happy New Year,


Christine SmithChristine Smith, MS, RDN, LDN believes that celebrating every bite of food is the key to living a happy and healthy life.  She encourages clients to stop deprivation diets and rediscover the joy of nourishment to build a healthy relationship with food.  She completed her bachelors of science in dietetics, as well as masters degree in human nutrition and dietetics.  With more than 7 years of clinical nutrition expertise she specializes in areas of perinatal nutrition, pediatric nutrition, disordered eating, gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, general health and wellness.

Christine Smith, MS, RDN, LDN | Lake Norman Counselors, PLLC

980-689-1816 (c) | 704-909-4070 (f)

706 Northeast Drive Suite # 1 Davidson, North Carolina 28036

2 thoughts on “Drop the Diet in 2018

  1. This sounds like an excellent approach that I’d like to recommend for some of my adult psychotherapy clients. (I’m a depth psychologist and writer actually in your Northeast Drive neighborhood! Maybe we could meet sometime for coffee – or whatever intuition indicates?!)
    Kelley G is a longtime friend, and I love the Bindu and Sari’s work as well. Best wishes to you in this important work. Btw my blog is still under construction and more oriented to Jungian academia so not very public but I list it below just as FYI. Warmly, Tish

    1. Hi Tish! This is Sari. I hope you’re doing well! Christine will get in touch with you to discuss this more deeply. Thank you so much for your interest 🙂

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