“March to their inner hunger signals and eat whatever they choose without experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma. The intuitive eater is an unaffected eater. Honors hunger, respects fullness, enjoys the pleasure of food.” – Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD
At Cielo House, we guide clients with tools and information to help clients reclaim their sense of mindful eating. Mindful eating is an essential skill on the road to recovery, because it helps clients move away from the diet-mentality and become in-tune with their biological signals to eat. We awaken the client’s sense of mindful eating by redefining what “normal eating” means and help clients become in tune with their hunger and fullness cues with the meal plan schedule. Clients understand that mindful eating is a process. It is important to recognize small changes and value the learning experiences of any setbacks. The mindful eating principles taught at Cielo House (and referenced in this blog) are based on the book, “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. This novel is inspirational when it comes to relearning hunger and fullness awareness.
There are many other ways that Cielo House helps clients become mindful eaters. The clients meet with registered dietitians and receive individualized nutrition counseling to work through disordered eating thoughts and behaviors. The clients attend weekly nutrition groups that discuss each principle of mindful eating. The nutrition groups are interactive, which allows clients to share their journey with peers going through similar experiences. There are also mind-body groups, like yoga and body image, which help clients be in-tune with their body signals.
The journey to re-discovering mindful eating depends on how long you have diverted from mindful eating, how long you’ve been using food as a coping mechanism, how willing you are to trust yourself, and how willing you are to make mindful eating a primary goal. Anyone struggling with an eating disorder has the ability to make peace with food and reclaim their sense of mindful eating, just remember to be patient with the process!
By Cathy Hageman, RD
Cathy Hageman is a Dietitian at Cielo House Moss Beach, where she works with clients to develop an improved relationship with food and nutrition.