Non-Diet & Intuitive Eating
The Non-Diet approach to managing health is an attuned and mindful-based eating approach that supports self-esteem and body acceptance instead of focusing on dieting for the purpose of changing ones weight/body. It replicates a normalized style of eating which helps to prevent the development of disordered and eating disorders. The Non-Diet Approach shifts one from thinking about how much weight they need to lose for health benefits, self esteem building etc to instead thinking more about how they can learn to appreciate the body they have now and adequately nourish it. It is a more compassionate approach, allowing the client to build skills and confidence in their own innate ability to select appropriate foods for their body in appropriate amounts. It allows us to respect the fact that there is a diverse range of healthy shapes, weights and sizes.
The Non-Diet Approach believes in:
- Total health enhancement and well-being, rather than weight loss or achieving a specific ideal weight
- Self-acceptance and respect for the diversity of healthy, beautiful bodies rather than the pursuit of an idealised weight at all costs
- The pleasure of eating well based on internal cues of hunger and satiety rather than on external meal plans or diets
- The joy of movement, encouraging all physical activities rather than prescribing a specific exercise routine
This method is showing promising clinical and psychological results as one of the most helpful, least harmful ways to assist those with food, eating & weight concerns.
Depending where you are on your eating disorder recovery journey this approach may ne recommended to you by your dietitian. However, there is other nutritional requirements to eating disorder recovery that may be recommended to you when you start your recovery process. This can be discussed at your nutritional assessment appointment.