You hear me talk about it all the time, "Nutrition Coaching for Empowered Eating" is my tagline, I've written a book about, do keynotes and workshops about it and am currently designing an Empowered Eating course.
So what the heck is Empowered Eating? What is it really?
Over the course of my nutrition studies and beyond I have read so many books and research papers on nutrition, on mindful eating, on intuitive eating, and health in general. Some things I agree with, some things I don't. What empowered eating is, is a compilation of what has not only worked for me and my clients but is what is at the very core of what I believe health to be.
While the entirety of its message could fit in a book or a 6-week course (as it has), I've spent a great deal of time narrowing things down to make it easier for me as well as those I work with.
So, what are the 10 principles of Empowered Eating?
1. Health is more than just the body or what it looks like. According to almost all indigenous teachings (Te Whare Tapa Wha, The Medicine Wheel) and our World Health Organisation, health is the accumulation of a healthy body, mind, spirit and heart. All these areas must be nurtured.
2. Diet’s suck. They don’t work. Period. Ditch the rules and instead listen to your body’s cues.
3. Nutrition is important. There are nutrients our body needs! But the focus needs to shift from what we ‘can’t’ have or ‘shouldn’t have to what we can add-in. Focus on increasing healthy habits.
4. All foods fit. A healthy body is also a healthy mind. We should never feel guilt, shame or fear around food. All foods can be part of a healthy diet and no one food will cause poor health. It’s what you do most of the time that matters.
5. Use your Intuition. The combination of Nutrition and Intuition (listening to your body) are the perfect combo for empowerment and long-term health. Empowered eating gives you the tools to listen to what your body really needs and the strength to act upon it.
6. Experimentation is key. There is no one way of eating that works for everyone and anyone who claims this should be questioned. On that note, question everything!
7. Feed the need. If you’re not hungry to begin with, no amount of food will fill you up. Instead, practice pressing pause and asking yourself what you really need in times of sadness, stress, anger or boredom.
8. Compassion. Being compassionate with ourselves, respecting ourselves and not comparing ourselves to others is not just good for us, it is vital for success.
9. Do what you can with what you’ve got where you are. Small steps are what last the longest.
10. Rebel. Once you see what dieting culture does to women, young girls and men, you can’t “un-see”it. Stand up for your truth and practice building each other up rather than “fixing” a problem that isn’t there.
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