Intuitive Eating 101: How to Eat What You Need While Eating What You Want

Eating intuitively always stumped me in college. I thought that eating intuitively meant that if I wanted ten slices of pepperoni pizza, then by Jove, I was going to have it! Because, I mean, it wasn’t every day, right?


Well… it was something different every day, so it kind of was. I felt terrible and overstuffed after the fact, but I thought I was doing the right thing: not depriving myself of what I wanted. But that’s just not what intuitive eating is!

According to Wikipedia, intuitive eating can be defined as:

“…a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body’s natural hunger signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight, rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods.”

In other words, intuitive eating is based on what your body craves while ignoring calories and fat in foods. You could say that the French follow this way of eating, as described in the ever-popular book French Women Don’t Get Fat. They eat what they want, when they want it.

As I try to eat a plant-based vegan diet (and lifestyle!), I like to apply this concept to how I eat. If this is where you are, or if you’re trying to eat a cleaner diet (diet = food that a person eats), check out this table below that I found on what your body means when it’s craving something specific!



I loved how this table broke down the cravings into the different nutrients your body needs, and it’s a fantastic reference for no matter how you choose to eat. Besides, I think we all could use a few more greens in our diet! 😉

So how do you start eating intuitively, no matter what you’re eating?*


Questions for you:

What’s your take on eating intuitively/mindfully?

How do you eat intuitively?


*My goal on this blog is to advocate for a more compassionate, healthier lifestyle by eliminating animal products, but I know that for some people, it just is not a reality. Many people live in food deserts and cannot afford fresh produce, because the only grocery store in their area has created a monopoly on produce, charging consumers whatever they please. My goal with these posts is to encourage a healthier lifestyle to the extent that is possible for readers, within budgetary and geographic restraints, and sometimes, that just means a general post on wellness.

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