In a new environment or stressful situation, eating can take low precedence over school work, social networks, work study, exercise and rest. Stress and anxiety can interfere with our personal hunger cues. When we lose a personal awareness to identify hunger, we lose our ability to see, smell, and taste the food. As a result, eating habits can change by skipping meals, restricting certain foods, or over eating. These changes may be actual signs of disordered eating.
Disordered eating is identified as binge eating (consuming large amounts of food and/or purging), restrictive eating (consuming low calorie foods), or compulsive over-eating (uncontrolled eating) or other similar eating disorders. By embracing an intuitive eating approach, we can reconnect our mind and body with hunger cues and healthy food selections.
1. Eating on the Run
2. Emotional Eating, stressed
3. Convenience Eating, not hungry
but will eat
4. Autopilot eating, repetitive eating
without food recognition for smell, taste, texture.
|1. Eating in a relaxing environment
2. Reject dieting mentality
3. Eat when you are hungry
4. Take time to scan your food options
5. Enjoy food aroma, and taste
6. Discover satisfaction
7. Respect your “full feeling”
8. Respect your body
“Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your mind, body, and food selections. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.” Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD.
Have you recently lost weight due to busy social life or school assignments?
Do your emotions change the way you eat?
Do you avoid certain foods?
Do you find a need to rid yourself of foods or meals?
Are you a compulsive exerciser?
Do you believe your sports performance is improved due to weight loss?
Do you frequently experience stress fractures?
Are you experiencing amenorrhea?
Student health professionals and campus dietitians can assist you. When it comes to good health, seek professional advice and support. Student Health Center: (704) 894-2300; Campus Dietitian (704) 894-3071