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You Were an Intuitive Eater When You Were Born: Restoring Your Body’s Inner Wisdom From Eating Disorder

In this article, I’d like to invite you on a journey back to your roots, to a time before rules and restrictions clouded your relationship with food. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself as an infant, completely attuned to your body’s signals, effortlessly nourishing yourself without guilt or judgment. You were an intuitive eater when you were born, and deep within you, that intuitive wisdom still resides.

In a world inundated with diet culture and unrealistic beauty standards, many of us have lost touch with our innate ability to eat intuitively. We’ve been bombarded with messages that dictate what, when, and how much we should eat, leading to a disconnection from our body’s natural cues and a fraught relationship with food.

But what if we could reclaim that intuitive eating mindset? What if we could learn to trust our bodies again, to honor our hunger and fullness signals without fear or shame? It’s possible, and it starts with reconnecting with ourselves on a deeper level.

A wooden cutting board surrounded by colorful vegetables. Learn healthy eating through intuitive eating.

Intuitive eating is not a new concept; it’s simply a return to the natural instinct and wisdom we were born with. It’s about tuning into your body’s needs, honoring your cravings, and savoring each bite without judgment. It’s about letting our punitive control back off and allowing our body to restore its natural ability to regulate itself.

For those struggling with an obsession with food, controlling food intake, and body image, the journey to intuitive eating may seem daunting. It requires unlearning harmful beliefs and behaviors, humbling, challenging societal norms, and practicing self-trust and respect every step of the way. But know that you are not alone, and healing is possible.

Start by tuning into your body’s signals without judgment. Notice how different foods make you feel physically and emotionally. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues, and honor them without restriction, deprivation, or overindulgence leading to numbing. Remember that all foods can fit into a balanced diet, and there are no “good” or “bad” foods when they respond to your body’s natural intuitive needs.

It’s also important to cultivate a humble and compassionate relationship with your body. Challenge judgmental thoughts about your body and notice they belong to your mind rather than to your body. Respect and be grateful for what your body does for you. Reposition your mind to be your body’s best ally rather than worst judge. Surround yourself with supportive people who share this compassionate mindset of mind-body relationship.

Above all, be patient and gentle with yourself. Healing takes time, and setbacks are a natural part of the process. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small, and trust that you have everything you need within you to re-access your intuitive eating mindset. You were an intuitive eater when you were born, and that natural wisdom still resides within you. Trust yourself, honor your body, and nourish your soul with love and compassion.