intuitive eating vs. mindful eating

Intuitive Eating vs. Mindful Eating

Is intuitive eating the same as mindful eating? Maybe you’ve heard the words “intuitive” and “mindful” used interchangeably. In this article, I’ll teach you what you need to know about intuitive eating vs. mindful eating. 

What is Intuitive Eating? 

Let’s start with Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating is an integrative mind-body approach to honor your health. It includes 10 principles that help you listen to your body, develop body respect, and implement nutrition for the right reasons. Emphasis is placed on the cultivation of healthy behaviors versus weight control.

The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating

  1. Ditch the Diet Mentality
  2. Honor Your Hunger
  3. Make Peace with Food
  4. Challenge the Food Police
  5. Feel Your Fullness
  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
  7. Cope with Your Emotions without Using Food
  8. Respect Your Body
  9. Exercise–Feel the Difference
  10. Honor Your Health with Gentle Nutrition

As you can see, it’s not just about food. It’s also about honoring your emotions, cultivating self-compassion, finding joyful forms of movement, and making peace with your natural body. Learn more here. 

Intuitive Eating vs. Mindful Eating 

According to the Center for Mindful Eating mindful eating brings attention to one’s food choice and the experience of eating. It’s all about paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment. 

As you can tell, Intuitive Eating includes elements of mindful eating, like paying attention to your body and food. But Intuitive Eating casts a wider net than mindful eating. 

Think of it as an umbrella. If Intuitive Eating was an umbrella, mindful eating would fall under it, among other principles. 

intuitive eating vs. mindful eating

Which One Do I Practice? 

In short, you can practice both! The beauty of learning how to eat intuitively is that it will naturally encompass mindful eating principles. To get a feel of the huge impact that mindfulness can have on your eating experience, join me in a FREE 3-Day Mindful Eating Challenge

Details for a 3-Day Mindful Eating Challenge with me

  • The Schedule 
    • 1: Mindful Eating Activity 
    • 2: Mindful Eating Application in Real Life 
    • 3: Reconnecting to Internal Hunger & Fullness Cues 
  • The Dates
    • November 22nd – 24th 2021
  • How It Works: 
    • Sign up for the challenge and you’ll receive an email from me each day with a lesson, challenge, and worksheet for accountability!

mindful eating challenge

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