If you’ve read the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, you know that one of the principles of intuitive eating is to practice what the authors call “gentle nutrition.”
So today, I thought I might briefly share with you what “gentle nutrition” means to me.
BTW, this post is going to be brief because my laptop will only operate in tablet mode. On the one hand, it’s operating, and I’ve missed blogging. On the other hand, it’s annoying to type on this touchscreen keyboard. 😒 A new laptop will be acquired after final grades have been entered.
Have you seen the World’s Healthiest Foods website? The website does contain some rhetoric that could be triggering to someone in recovery from disordered eating. But if you just look at this one page, I always appreciate seeing that the 100 foods this guy chose as “most healthy”–a sort problematic designation, but we’ll go with it for the moment–include a lot of things most folks in the US eat on the regular.
Let’s now remember that thus list isn’t by any means comprehensive. There are lots of other foods that add nutrients to your diet. I can’t believe he hasn’t included cocoa and chocolate! Dark chocolate is full of iron, magnesium and fiber.
Since I eat a variety of foods every time I eat, and I eat about 5 to 6 times most days, there’s no need to be concerned that most days, I also eat one or two “fun foods,” as my dietitian called them–foods that aren’t always super dense in micronutrients. I don’t need to be concerned that Nutella isn’t the most nutrient-dense food if I eat everything else, or at least everything else my body will digest–my salmon and potatoes and carrots and green beans and bananas and cheese and peanut butter and oats and raisins and sweet corn.
Please note: I’m not a trained dietitian or nutritionist. This is what I’ve come to understand about nutrition, as guided by the help of professionals. If you need nutrition advice specific to your needs, please see a certified dietitian or nutritionist.
Linking up with Amanda to share these thoughts for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
What does the “gentle nutrition” part of intuitive eating mean to you?