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Non-Diet Approach

Eat in Peace dietitians in Camberwell, Melbourne utilise Intuitive Eating, or a Non-Diet Approach to assist you in improving your relationship with food and your body.

Non-Diet Approach / Intuitive Eating

The Non-Diet Approach is a gentle approach, encompassing a range of skills, concepts and attitudes to promote health and wellbeing that don’t require weight loss or changing your body.

Unlike typical diets, the goals of this approach are to:

  • Increase trust in the body’s ability to look after itself
  • Increase trust in food to nourish our bodies
  • Increase trust in our body’s appetite signals (hunger, fullness, satisfaction)
  • Decrease guilt around food and encourage a neutral view of all foods (no foods are good or bad)
  • Encourage body acceptance and move away from the pursuit of weight loss
  • Minimise dieting thinking and meticulous behaviours associated with dieting for example, planning of future meals or counting kilojoules or calorie intake
  • Maintain comfortable body signals – minimal uncomfortable hunger or fullness
  • Flexibility, compassion, loving self care

The Non-Diet Approach is a gentle approach that allows you to build skills and confidence in your own innate ability to select appropriate foods for your body in appropriate amounts.

Most non-diet approach interventions in the research have shown positive outcomes in physiological and psychological outcomes. You can read more about the research here.

Words to describe the differences between the Non-Diet Approach and Dieting

Diet paradigm Non Diet Paradigm

Inflexible

Quantitative

Prescriptive

Rigid

Perfection-seeking

Good or bad foods

Rules

Deprivation

Time-based

Fear-driven

Guilt-inducing

Shaming

Body hatred

Hunger

Struggle

Rationalising

Temptation

Thought-consuming

Punishing

Flexible

Accepting

Welcomes all foods

Intuitive

Qualitative

Supporting

Enjoyable

Life balance

Appreciating

Comfort

Confidence

Variety

Freedom

Natural

Calm

Pleasurable

Kindness

Nurturing

Grateful

Nourishing

Forgiving

Satisfaction

Trust-building

Information obtained from Fiona Willer, Health, Not Diets.

 

For an extensive list of research studies relating to intuitive eating, the non diet approach and Health at Every Size (R), visit the website for “Intuitive Eating” here.

Health at Every Size®

Health at Every Size is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in all bodies adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being rather than weight control. Health at Every Size ® encourages:
– Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
– Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
– Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.
For more information about Health at Every Size®, please click here.

Mindful eating

Mindful Eating is a practice which can assist people to enjoy a satisfying, healthy and enjoyable relationship with food. It is a practice that can help people break free from ‘food rules’ and begin to enjoy healthy, flexible and relaxed eating practices.
Mindful eating is not a diet. Mindful eating is about the way we eat, not what we eat.

Nicole has written a blog post about mindful eating for beginners here.

Click here for more information on Mindful Eating.

Disclaimers:
I declare that I do not derive any income from companies that offer weight loss programs, products, services or procedures. Health at Every Size and HAES are registered trademarks of The Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.