The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating are from Tribole and Resch's Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works.
Principle 6: Discover the Satisfaction Factor
The sixth principle of Intuitive Eating is one of my favorites to discuss. Not only does the satisfaction factor seem to be a taboo topic (food—satisfying?! perish the thought!) in the world of food, but Trioble and Resch have aptly nicknamed it "The Hub of Intuitive Eating".
The Hub of Intuitive Eating
They refer to it as the "hub" because satisfaction truly is central to the idea of Intuitive Eating. I mean, isn't that the goal of most things: job satisfaction, satisfaction in relationships, life satisfaction? How come the satisfaction discussion rarely happens about food, though?
I'll tell you why—it's because of diet culture and those darn food police! We have been taught for so long to not trust our bodies and intuition that it's not "socially acceptable" to be satisfied with our bodies or our relationship with food. How screwed up is that?! Well friends, I'm here to tell you that you CAN have satisfaction with both food AND your body. We'll discuss respecting the body and body satisfaction in a later post in this series, but let's focus on food satisfaction right now.
We have been taught for so long to not trust our bodies and intuition that it's not "socially acceptable" to be satisfied with our bodies or our relationship with food.
The notorious plant killer
I am a notorious plant killer. You might say I'm a killer of plants. You could even say... well, you get the idea. For years I've professed to have a black thumb because I just can't figure out how to keep plants alive. It's the darnedest thing, too, because I follow ALL of the instructions (okay, MOST of them anyway). I read the little tags that tell me what to do, I water them on the days I'm supposed to and put them in the light like I'm told, and I pick off dead leaves and blooms as needed. At my very best gardening hour they were barely surviving—"thriving" was really never a term associated with plants in my care.
Let's try again, shall we?
I recently got two plants for my office, and my friend (who manages the floral department at a local grocery, no less!) assured me that these two plants were Sydney-proof (re: idiot-proof). She told me to water them twice a week and keep them in diffused sunlight. "Cool", I thought, "I can handle this."
So today was my first day to water them, and I got a little cup of water from the water fountain and went to town. The first plant felt dry so I gave him what I thought was a good amount of water. I noticed, though, that he soaked it right on up so I gave him a little more. He held on to that splash, too, but he looked nice and moist so I left him alone. I went into the other part of my office to water his brother, and I just watered him the same as his brother. When I did this, though, the brother's pot quickly overflowed with water and made a mess all over the bookshelf.
Hi there! I'm Sydney Cavero-Egúsquiza.
I'm a small-town Oklahoma eating disorder dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor with a passion for enjoying life. I love Disneyland, Smarties, and sharing time with family. My mission? To help individuals enjoy their lives and thrive by making peace with food and trusting their bodies!