Whether you regard it as a fad or a movement, clean eating is arguably one of the most popular food trends on Instagram right now, thanks to all of those wellness bloggers' carefully crafted rainbow bowls and colorful salads. Generally regarded as a nutrient-rich diet that eschews processed foods (some followers even cut out dairy, animal products, and gluten) in favor of fresh and organic fruits and veggies, the wholesome eating regimen has unsurprisingly garnered criticism for its seemingly restrictive approach to meal time. Apparently, the trend has given way to intuitive eating, yet another conscious approach to consuming food that's rising in popularity, according to WGSN.
The trend forecasting blog calls out the 1995 book Intuitive Eating, written by U.S. dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, who call themselves "the original intuitive eating pros." Also known as "attuned eating," the authors' concept involves using your brain and body as a guide to your diet, and they've broken down the concept into 10 principles—here are just a few guidelines to follow the next time you want to eat more mindfully:
Stop thinking in diet terms. "Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently," the authors explain. "If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating."
Ditch the guilt and give into your hunger. "Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can't or shouldn't have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings," write Tribole and Resch, ultimately leading to binge-eating and guilt.
Don't cut out carbs entirely. "Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates—otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat," the duo notes. "Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant."
Consider your natural body type. "Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size," the authors recommend. "But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It's hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape."
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