RAVES Approach / Intuitive Eating
The non-diet approach to managing weight is an attuned and mindful-based eating approach that supports self-esteem and body acceptance. It replicates a normalized style of eating which prevents the development of disordered and eating disorders. The Non-Diet Approach shifts one from thinking about how much weight they need to lose to instead thinking more about how they can learn to appreciate the body they have. It is instead a much more gentle approach, allowing the client to build skills and confidence in their own innate ability to select appropriate foods for their body in appropriate amounts. 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 idealized weight at all costs
- The pleasure of eating well based on internal cues of hunger and satiety rather than on external food 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 weight concerns.
RAVES = Regular, Adequate, Variety, Eating Socially, Spontaneous Eating.
RAVES is an evidence informed eating disorder treatment framework it provides a step-by-step process to help with developing a healthy relationship with food. It was developed by fellow Dietitian Shane Jeffrey from Queensland.
This model has a three phase structure: First phase is about establishing regular and adequate food consumption, it prioritises nutritional rehabilitation and physiological adaption to improved eating patterns. Regular eating consists of three main meals and two to three snacks (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Supper).
It can improve digestive functioning , stimulate metabolic efficiency, helps to maintain blood sugar levels, improves quality and quantity of food choices, portions and energy intake whilst addressing macronutrient intake distribution.
The second phase is focused on variety, eating socially and spontaneity – begin to enjoy food, experience improvements in quality of life and reconnect socially with friends and family. Build a flexible platform for trusting food decisions.
The third phase is intuitive eating practices – bringing it back to basics, not stressing or thinking about food just using our inherent intuition. Develop a natural food relationship whilst increasing your confidence and trust in your natural body signals.
If this resonates with you and you would like to work with us around the RAVES / Intuitive Eating framework, reach out and connect with us. It really is a refreshing take on nutrition, explore how and why you make certain food choices and how to bring this decision back to your core values.