ISABELLE'S OPINION: INTUITIVE EATING
I really like this approach. I think the rise in popularity of the movement is definitely bringing a breath of fresh air to talk about food. In this sense, I also advocate the importance of valuing a healthy relationship with food. However, the pathologies resulting from overweight have not disappeared. In a benevolent speech, I am of the opinion that health professionals must continue to make the population responsible for their lifestyles and their effects on health.
That said, on a daily basis, intuitive eating guides my discourse a lot.
Here is what I particularly agree with:
- The importance of respecting your hunger and satiety signals
- The rejection of restrictive and guilt-inducing diets
- The rejection of dietary restrictions. All foods can be part of a balanced diet.
- The integration of physical activity into pleasure
- The particular attention paid to benevolence, respect for the human body in all its forms and self-esteem
On the other hand, my fear, as a doctor of nutrition, is that I doubt
that intuition leads all people to choices that are conducive to health. In a context where the environment is obesogenic and where the population is sedentary, it is sometimes important to make choices that are sometimes intuitive, sometimes rational. What's more, psychology, social life or taking medication, for example, can easily cloud the cards of intuition. An approach that is based on both the concept of intuitive eating and the basics of teaching nutritional quality is optimal. Intuitive eating should not come at the expense of the basic principles of healthy eating.