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Practicing Intuitive Eating as a Christian

Are you idolizing food and letting it control your heart and health? Practicing intuitive eating as a christian can help bring your focus back to God while giving you the freedom to enjoy food without idolizing it. Intuitive Eating is a non-diet approach for building healthier eating habits without judgment of yourself. 

The Forks and Grace Guide for Intuitive Eating will help you find comfort in God instead of food through the 10 principles of intuitive eating. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of intuitive eating, and how to heal your relationship with food while prioritizing God.  

What is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive eating is not a diet but is a lifestyle change. It helps you find peace allowing for all foods to fit in your “diet”. When you become an intuitive eater, you will no longer view food as “good” or “bad” because you will be able to listen to your body better to eat what you feel will be nourishing. Intuitive eating allows grace into your nutrition habits so that you can enjoy all foods without judging yourself. 

Intuitive eating doesn’t mean you can eat 20 cookies every day because you think your body is telling you it needs that many cookies all the time. What intuitive eating helps you do is connect to your inner hunger and fullness cues while also prioritizing foods that help your body function and thrive. 

What are the Benefits of Intuitive Eating?

The benefits of intuitive eating can include a healthy weight management, better mental health, and improved health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. 

Research has shown that Intuitive Eating has positive health benefits like:

  • Healthier body-image
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Higher satisfaction with life
  • Reduced rates of disordered eating

Before starting intuitive eating practices in your daily nutrition habits, it may be best to seek professional advice from a registered dietitian. Registered dietitians can help you come up with a personalized meal plan that will work for your certain conditions and lifestyle.

10 Faith Based Intuitive Eating Principles to Practice as a Christian to Align Your Nutrition Habits with God

  1. Stop idolizing the “dieting” mentality: “Dieting” has probably been something that has been deeply-rooted in your thoughts and beliefs since you were young because of the devil’s lies that have influenced our society. I know it has been for me. Just think about it… How many diets have you tried in your lifetime? One of the keys to sustainable health is to stop idolizing food and the dieting mentality – meaning stop letting food control you. Instead you should be focusing on how you can use God’s gift of food to maintain good health and fuel the purposes God has for your life.
  2. Become aware of your hunger cues: This principle helps you learn how to use the internal cues that God designed your body to have to tell you when it is ready to eat. If you have been dieting for a long time, it can be difficult to pinpoint what this hunger cue truly feels like. With practice and some guidance from the Forks and Grace programs, you should be able to figure out when your body needs to eat and what it needs to eat!
  3. Give yourself permission to eat (make peace with food): If you have been idolizing dieting in your life, chances are you probably have a negative relationship with food. God wants you to nourish your body. He wants you to have peace with food so it is okay to give yourself permission to eat foods.
  4. Question any worldly labels for nutrition: Food is a gift from God with the purpose of fueling the human body. Unfortunately, society has been influenced by the enemy’s lies and has mislabeled many foods as “good” and “bad or “clean” and “unclean”. When you hear these worldly words about food being spoken, just know that it isn’t in alignment with God. Jesus declared all foods clean so it is up to you to seek God in your nutrition choices to decide which foods will fit in your nutrition plan. If you are struggling with building a nutrition plan, keep reading to learn how Fuel Up Faith can help guide you!
  5. Fuel yourself until fullness: This principles goes right along with principle 2. God designed your body to be able to tell you when it is full after eating. Again, if you are so used to dieting, restricting yourself and then overeating until the point of physical discomfort, chances are your fullness cues are a little out of whack. Don’t worry because you can learn how to realign your hunger-fullness cues with God using the Fuel Up Faith program!
  6. Find satisfaction with food and spiritual nourishment: When you are nourished you should be satisfied. You can’t be satisfied and full by food alone, so you need to experience that spiritual nourishment as well. Like I said before, food is a gift from God. That means you can enjoy it and have no guilt after eating food because God needs you to be fueled and nourished.
  7. Don’t use food to cope with emotions: When you use food to cope with your emotions like stress, anxiety, fear, happiness, joy, etc. then you start to idolize food and turn to it for comfort and reward instead of turning to God. You need to shift from using food to nurture or take care of your thoughts and feelings to using God to help you deal with your thoughts and feelings.
  8. Respect the body God gave you: God loves who He sees when you are looking in the mirror…do you? God made your body for a specific reason and purpose. It becomes easier to accept your body when you throw away all of the worldly views of what a “perfect” body should look like and start focusing on what God needs your body to look like. Next time you look in the mirror, I want you to say three things about your body that you are thankful for!
  9. Find the joy in movement throughout the day: Although this principle doesn’t directly relate to nutrition, it does play a huge role in your physical and spiritual health journey. Movement and exercise was never meant to feel like a form of punishment… that is just something that the enemy’s lies have led people to believe. Movement should be a way for you to feel more connected to God and a way to improve and keep your temple strong for God to dwell in.
  10. Practice gentle nutrition (consistency not perfection): This is probably my favorite principle because the Fruit of the Spirit can be applied to this principle which can bring you closer to God. When you are going through your physical and spiritual health journey, I want you to remember that consistency is the key not perfection. When you are practicing gentle nutrition you are giving yourself the grace to eat foods that you enjoy and will nourish your body. 

Forks and Grace Programs that Can Help Improve Your Health While Prioritizing God

Our programs and courses at Forks and Grace are created to provide generalized nutrition strategies and principles to help you build a solid foundation for your nutrition habits and improve your relationship with food through God’s Words.

All of our programs and courses have a faith-based approach and really dive deeper into what the Bible says about nourishing your body using God’s gift of food. 

If you are ready to take the next step towards food freedom and building your own nutrition plan in alignment with God → sign up for the Fuel Up Faith Program Now!

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If you want to learn more about how food is a gift from God → check out the FREE God’s Gift of Food Workshop Here!

Additional Resources You Can Check Out to Learn More About Intuitive Eating

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