What is the Health At Every Size® approach?

Health at Every Size® is an evidence based shift away from the idea that people can or need to control their weight through dieting. It includes the following components:

  • Respect (including respect for body diversity.).
  • Compassionate Self-care
    • Supports people in moving toward
      • Mindfullness (non-judgemental attentiveness)
      • Attuned movement, eating, and other self-care strategies

— An edited excerpt from Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave out, Get Wrong and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, by Linda Bacon, PhD., and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD.

Health At Every Size and HAES are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.

To find out more about Health At Every Size®, go to: www.sizediversityandhealth.org 

What is Intuitive Eating? 

The following is from the Intuitive Eating Website:

"Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind, and body--where you ultimately become the expert of your own body.   You learn how to distinguish between physical and emotional feelings, and gain a sense of body wisdom.   It's also a process of making peace with food---so that you no longer have constant "food worry" thoughts.  It's knowing that your health and your worth as a person do not change, because you ate a food that you had labeled as "bad" or "fattening”. 

The underlying premise of Intuitive Eating is that you will learn to respond to your inner body cues, because you were born with all the wisdom you need for eating intuitively. On the surface, this may sound simplistic, but it is rather complex.  This inner wisdom is often clouded by years of dieting and food myths that abound in the culture.  For example, “Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full” may sound like basic common sense, but when you have a history of chronic dieting or of following rigid “healthy” rules about eating, it can be quite difficult. To be able to ultimately return to your inborn Intuitive Eater, a number of things need to be in place—most importantly, the ability to trust yourself!" 

To find out more go to: https://www.intuitiveeating.com/

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