1- All foods are permitted.
We should make peace with food. By depriving ourselves of certain foods, we risk that these foods become an obsession. When one eats them after depriving oneself of them, one risks consuming more of them than if there had been no restriction. Also, no food should be classified as good or bad.
2- Stop using the scale to see if you are healthy.
The scale shows some numbers that do not mean whether or not we are healthy.
3- Stop counting calories and macronutrients.
We should not quantify what we ingest; we should rather focus on the quality of our diet. Also, counting calories and macronutrients can become a source of stress, can greatly reduce the freedom to eat, or worse, become an obsession.
4- Listen to your hunger and eat to stop obsessing over food.
When you restrict yourself, you may think about eating more often. You have to nourish your body and listen to its hunger signals.
5- Exercise to feel good and strong, not to burn calories.
When you move, you should set a different goal than losing weight. Exercise has a positive influence on longevity, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, n.d.). In addition, when we exercise, we secrete hormones such as endorphins that make us feel good.
In Canada, the physical activity recommendations for adults aged 18 to 64 are 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise with sessions of at least 10 minutes. It only takes about 20 minutes a day to have positive effects on our health. Come on, let's move!
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I hope you enjoyed reading,
Karine Drouin RD
10 Principles of Intuitive Eating Intuitive. (n.d.). The Original Intuitive Eating Pros. Retrouvé le 18 Janvier 2021 au https://www.intuitiveeating.org/10-principles-of-intuitive-eating/
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. (n.d.). Directives canadiennes en matière d’activité physique. Consulté le 11 Janvier 2021 au http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/directives/CSEP-InfoSheetsComplete-FR.pdf