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Body Acceptance Week 2022- Friday

Nourish Every Body: Mindful & Intuitive Eating 

You may have heard the terms “mindful eating” and “intuitive eating” and wondered they mean. Vincci Tsui, RD, an Anti-Diet Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, explains the differences this way:

Whereas mindful eating is about being present in the eating experience in a non-judgmental way, intuitive eating is a broader framework that goes outside the eating experience, encouraging people to actively reject external diet messaging and change their relationship with food and their body.

Lisa Carlson, MS, RDN, LDN, Northwestern’s Campus Dietitian Nutritionist, writes about Mindful Eating this week on the Northwestern Dining Wellness and Sustainability Blog. Be sure to subscribe to the blog!

Learn more about intuitive eating here.

Health at Every Size® (HAES®) is both an approach and a movement. A core tenet of  HAES® is that “measures of body weight/size do not accurately reflect an individual’s health status and often lead to ineffective interventions rather than efforts that enhance health and wellness.” Both mindful eating and intuitive eating are in line with the  Health at Every Size® approach.

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Body-Positive Exercise and Intuitive Exercise: It's Not About the "FitSpo"

There are many reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with losing weight or changing your body shape. Reducing stress, improving mood and sleep, and increasing strength and stamina are just a few. But the gym can sometimes be a less than welcoming place for many. Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS, Nutrition Therapist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and author of Unapologetic Eating, describes body positive fitness as "an alternative to the traditional fitness environment."

"Body positive fitness should offer community or engagement-based movement for people of all body sizes, shapes, colors, abilities, genders, etc. without the intent to manipulate or change the body. Movement at these facilities or with these trainers should be welcoming, with a focus on what feels right for each individual, how to strengthen (not “tone”), and recognize the impact on mental health. As we know, our bodies benefit in numerous ways from exercise, not including weight loss."

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 Body-Positive Fitness Instructors and Influencers

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