In this article, we will discover the key differences between mindful versus intuitive eating. Mindful eating is being aware and present about the experience of eating itself. On the other hand, intuitive eating is all about the experience of understanding your body’s cues.
When we talk about mindful eating’s key objective, it’s to have you savor and slow down while eating. Similarly, the key objective of intuitive eating is to give you answers about what, when, and how many bites you eat.
Mindful eating often uses the techniques like breathing, using all your five senses, and understanding the interconnectedness of eating with nature and other human beings.
Intuitive eating, on the other hand, uses intrinsic body wisdom to guide food decisions and mindset shifts into abundance with food. It gives eaters a chance to trust their bodies to make food-related wise decisions.
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How are they different?
- Mindful eating teaches open-minded awareness of how our food choices affect us. Intuitive eating is a framework for rejecting the diet mentality.
- Mindful eating opens curiosity and encourages you to simply start noticing new things. Intuitive eating teaches you to ask the question, “what does my body need?”
- Mindful eating is about paying attention to build knowledge, insight, and trust with your body. Intuitive eating includes aspects of self-care, movement, and activity for pleasure, and satisfaction.
- Mindful eating might be used as a method for limiting how much one eats. Intuitive eating gives you permission to eat and NOT be completely mindful while doing so.
How are they the same?
- Use a non-judgmental approach for observing and understanding.
- Can help you reconnect to your body and listen to internal cues vs. external cues.
- Serves as a tool in the toolbox of a non-diet approach to healing your relationship with food.
- And neither is a tool for weight loss! So remember, you can’t mindfully eat your way to happiness and food freedom.
Intuitive Eating Affirmations
- I will treat my body with respect and nourish it with what it asks for.
- I will see all food equally; no food is good or bad.
- Growth comes from outside our comfort zones.
- I’m okay with being imperfect, there is no such thing as perfection.
- I deserve to nourish my body.
- What I ate yesterday does not dictate what I eat today.
- I am more than the food I eat.
The difference between dieting and intuitive eating
- I’m being so good by drinking a juice
- I’m being so good so far by eating veggies
- I am being good so far by eating fish
- Oh god, I ruined my whole day by eating junk food.
- I feel so good after drinking the fresh fruit juice
- I feel so good after eating a sandwich, some veggies, and some chips in a snack
- I feel so good by eating a fish with some red wine
- Oh god, I feel so good after eating two pieces of chocolate after a week.
What you think about, you often bring about. So, if you have an option to bring something, bring about positive, uplifting thoughts to your life by reciting these affirmations at least once a day.