Opinion: Huffington article “Intuitive eating what it is and why it could work for you” is great but tagline off
The Huffington Post UK edition recently wrote a piece titled “Intuitive eating what it is and why it could work for you.”
The tagline for this intuitive eating article is “This effective eating plan is a happier, healthier approach to food”
Overall, I’m highly appreciative of this piece by Lynne Curry (@lynnesforage).
Here are a few reasons why I like Lynne’s article “Intuitive eating what it is and why it could work for you”:
- Good intuitive eating video (intuitive eating doesn’t have many videos)
- Quotes for solid science to make points about dieting
- Highlights the work of Christy Harrison (who is becoming even more of an influencer in this intuitive eating space) and other authors
- Addresses one of the biggest fears of intuitive eating (that you can’t trust your body to stop eating)
I will expand upon these points below but first I want to quickly talk about the tagline.
The tagline is great in my opinion except for the word “plan”.
In the article “Intuitive eating what it is and why it could work for you“, Lynn quotes the creators of intuitive eating Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch who say “The journey of intuitive eating is like taking a cross country road trip” and as Lynne summarizes, “The process is non-linear.“
Here are some other phrases Lynn writes or quotes about intuitive eating in her overall great piece:
- Intuitive eating is based on internal eating cues
- Intuitive eating uses internal hunger and satiety cues to determine when and how much to eat
- We are all born with a set of instincts to eat and self-regulate our food intake
These are my thoughts exactly!!!
Learning intuitive eating doesn’t happen in a precise pre-planned order.
Intuitive eating is found within. There’s no external plan.
There are guidelines, yes. But these guidelines are flexible.
There is no set plan. Intuitive eating is… Well, intuitive.
It’s not planned out.
Yet Lynne uses the word “plan” in her tagline. If a process is non-linear then is the word ‘plan’ appropriate?
For me, coming from a background living in a zen monastery, being an intuitive eating counselor myself, I find the word “plan” to connote too much linearity and analytical thinking.
I understand that Lynn is writing to a mainstream audience who is perhaps not familiar with intuitive eating lingo.
One suggestion I have is to use the word lifestyle.
Lifestyle is a popular word in weight loss circles and in mainstream culture.
Lifestyle gives a little bit more freedom of expression without the connotations of diet planning.
(There are downsides of the diet culture co-opting these words like “lifestyle” and “diet” and even nowadays “wellness” but that’s a discussion for another time.)
If lifestyle were substituted out for plan, the tagline would read “This effective eating lifestyle is a happier, healthier approach to food”
I like this tagline more also because intuitive eating at the end of the day it’s more about becoming a whole new person. An intuitive person.
Now that’s it for my opinion. Time to explore more about what’s great about this article.
There are a lot great things about the article “Intuitive eating what it is and why it could work for you” which I mentioned above:
I wish I could embed the video in this post for you to see. Huffington Post doesn’t allow me to embed their videos so you’ll have to click on the article to see.
But quite simply I love this Intuitive Eating video! IT’s not the best, but it’s good.
There’s not enough intuitive eating videos out there I feel, so I’m delighted to see that a real professional with a little budget put something together.
— This study here looked at approximately 48,000 people over 17 years.
— Original research by Tracy Tylka which helped give credence to the Intuitive Eating movement years before more research backed up and further established Intuitive Eating as a science backed program.
I am a huge fan of Christy Harrison. She’s the podcast host for Food Psych, which explores intuitive eating and diet culture.
It’s an incredibly well-crafted show, well-thought out and put together.
If you are new to this whole “diet culture” thing then her podcast is simply a must.
Here is Christy’s new book “Anti Diet” (affiliate links).
In addition, Lynne also promotes the work of Virginia Sole-Smith whose book “The Eating Instinct” brings together science and stories to address one of the most common fears of intuitive eating – that once you start eating you won’t be able to stop eating.
Instead of being locked into a diet-binge cycle based on willpower, there is a different way.
While learning intuitive eating and other holistic eating skills can be scary and does involve letting go of some control, Virginia’s book can help give you the confidence that your biology can be trusted if you give it a chance.
Honestly I’m just thrilled that Huffington Post wrote this article “Intuitive eating what it is and why it could work for you” which includes a good video about Intuitive Eating.
The tagline is just a minor critique; overall I love the article!
If you are curious about other Intuitive Eating articles found in major news sites, here is a quick list with links:
- USA TODAY – Intuitive eating: How eating what you want can be better than dieting
- PEOPLE – This Woman Lost 174 Lbs. Through Intuitive Eating: ‘It’s So Freeing’
- NEWSWEEK – WHAT IS INTUITIVE EATING? THE SCIENCE OF THE DIET IN WHICH NO FOOD IS OFF-LIMITS
- BBC – Intuitive eating leads backlash against diet culture
- WASHINGTON POST – What is intuitive eating, and how do you do it?
- NPR – Trust Your Gut: A Beginner’s Guide To Intuitive Eating
And lastly, I also have my own take on Intuitive Eating in a post titled “Another 10 Revolutionary Intuitive Eating Principles Behind The Program That Works!“.