5 Myths About Intuitive Eating

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Hey there, readers! Today, let’s dive into 5 misconceptions about Intuitive Eating that may resonate with our vibrant community in Richmond and Central Virginia. It’s time to address these misunderstandings and uncover the true essence of intuitive eating. So, grab a cozy blanket, get comfortable, and let’s chat!

Myth #1: Intuitive Eating is Just Another Weight Loss Diet in Disguise

Let’s set the record straight: intuitive eating is NOT about promoting weight loss. It’s about fostering a healthy and compassionate relationship with food, free from the pressures of diet culture. It’s about shifting the focus from the number on the scale to nourishing your body and honoring its needs, embracing your body’s natural size. 

Myth #2: Intuitive Eating Is Just About Eating When You’re Hungry

Richmond, Virginia is filled with delicious food and culinary diversity. We know there’s so much more to intuitive eating than just hunger and fullness cues! While honoring your cues is important, it’s about exploring the traditions that the community has to offer. Intuitive eating invites you to listen to your body’s cues and embrace the joy of nourishing yourself with foods that bring you closer to community and culture. Food is more than just fuel. 

Myth #3: Intuitive Eating Means We Don’t Care About Health

Let’s make it clear that intuitive eating is not a dismissal of health. It’s about redefining what health means on an individual level, free from society’s narrow beauty standards and weight stigma. We understand that health is multifaceted, encompassing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This can be challenging to do on our own. Courage to Nourish offers nutrition therapy to help folks explore this. 

Myth #4: Intuitive Eating Is Accessible To Everyone

We recognize that in Central Virginia, and everywhere, socioeconomic factors can impact a person’s ability to fully engage in intuitive eating practices. Not everyone has equal access to a wide variety of foods and resources. Also, folks recovering from eating disorders or those who require guidance from healthcare professionals may need additional support and guidance tailored to their unique situations. It’s crucial to respect and honor the diverse needs and experiences of individuals when it comes to their relationship with food. An eating disorder dietitian can help you start your journey. 

Check out our blog on local meal assistance programs in Richmond, Virginia for food accessibility resources. 

Myth #5: What I See Online About Intuitive Eating Must Be Right

We know that not everything we see online is accurate. Intuitive eating is not about promoting weight loss, “balanced” diets, or other quick fixes. It’s a tool for healing our relationship with food and our bodies. It’s about embracing self-compassion and liberation. 

Final Thoughts on Intuitive Eating Myths

Thanks for reading this resource on intuitive eating myths. So let’s reject harmful messages from diet culture and create a space of compassion, inclusivity, and genuine well-being. Remember you deserve to nourish your body, mind, and spirit in a way that feels right for you. Know that you are worthy of love and care exactly as you are.

Find an Intuitive Eating Dietitian Online or at One of Our Locations

Courage to Nourish is a group of eating disorder specialized dietitians. We have in person locations in Alexandria, Virginia, Columbia, Maryland. and College Park, Maryland. We offer virtual services across the state of Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. We offer individual nutrition therapy. As well as support groups. We would love to guide you in building a better relationship with food.

Emilee Young, RD, LD, is an eating disorder dietitian who serves Alexandria, VA, Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Norfolk, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, and Roanoke, VA. She provides in person services in our Alexandria, VA office and virtual services elsewhere. Emilee also sees clients who live in Maryland and DC.

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Emilee Young, RDN, LD

I am a Registered Dietitian dedicated to helping those in recovery.  I enjoy helping individuals work towards body acceptance and find food freedom. I am a fat-positive and anti-diet dietitian practicing from an intuitive eating lens. I enjoy working with folks who struggle with binge eating disorder (BED). I serve clients virtually and in person throughout DC and Maryland. Growing up in Virginia, I am passionate about supporting clients throughout the greater areas of Richmond, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, and Roanoke.

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