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The Truth about Intuitive Eating With Laura Thomas Phd
Laura Thomas PhD, RNutr is a Registered Nutritionist who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. We caught up with Laura following the release of her new book: Just Eat It.
Having had her own strained and weird relationship with food, she now helps her clients build a healthy relationship with food by helping them tune into their own innate hunger and satiety cues and disconnect from diet tools like meal plans and calorie trackers using a process called intuitive eating, together with other non-diet approaches.
In 2016 Laura launched Don’t Salt My Game – a podcast that calls out diet trends and myths – to tell you what you really need to know to stay on top of your game.  You can find out more about Laura on her website | Instagram | listen to her podcast.

Why is this book needed right now?

I think we are beginning to recognise the damage of diet culture and the ‘wellness’ diet. The first pushback came from body positivity teaching us the problems with diet culture, but people have been left feeling like they need help rebuilding their relationship with food – that’s where intuitive eating comes in.

What movement are you trying to inspire?

 The goal with IE is to help empower people to reconnect with their bodies and get out of their heads when it comes to food and body image so they can be fully present in other areas of their lives and engage in bigger social justice issues.

What do you think are some big misconceptions about intuitive eating?

It often gets reduced down to the ‘hunger and fullness’ diet or ‘just eat whatever you want’ diet. Both of these couldn’t be farther from what IE is really about.
IE has ten guiding principles, not hard and fast rules, and is fundamentally about helping empower people to reconnect with the messages their body is sending them to help guide them towards a healthier relationship with food and their body.

How can we protect ourselves from the information we get bombarded with?

It’s safe to say if we have an interest in health and nutrition, we probably already know the basics of a balanced, varied, and nutrition diet. So it’s worth thinking about your intentions behind following lots of nutrition and ‘clean eating’ type accounts. Is your brain seeking out more food rules and ways to legitimise disordered eating? Often this just adds to the noise, rather than helping us tune into what feels good for us. Think about clearing out your social accounts, gently asking yourself why you are following these people when you already know what constitutes a healthy diet.

How is our workspace affecting our relationship with food?

I think workplaces can be really triggering in terms of water-cooler diet chat. Lots of ‘oh go on then, I’m being naughty‘ or ‘I can’t, I’m being good‘, and lots of talk about who is doing what diet. It can be hard to shut it down. I recommend my clients try not to get defensive by saying something like ‘diets don’t work’; even though that’s true, it will get people’s backs up. Instead can you say, “diets aren’t for me, I eat the foods I enjoy until I feel satisfied, and try not to sweat it”. If people are intrigued you can gently open them up to the concepts on Intuitive Eating.
You can find out more about Laura on her website | Instagram | listen to her podcast
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