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Intuitive Eating Through the Holidays – The Bill of Rights

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Hello!!! Today is short, short, short but sweet. I would like to introduce you to the holiday bill of rights as written by Intuitive Eating co-founder Evelyn Tribole. The full document can be found here. Intuitiveeating.org has many great articles and posts that you can read. Please check it out!


Intuitive Eater’s Holiday Bill of Rights

by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

What if peace on earth could begin at the dinner table? Imagine experiencing an inner peace, free from incessant worry about what to eat. It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you are preoccupied with eating or worried about what to say to relatives who have an annual tradition of telling you what and how to eat.

Consider your Intuitive Eating Bill of Rights, as we enter the holiday season, to help you foster inner peace with food, mind and body.

1. You have the right to savor your meal, without cajoling or judgment, and without discussion of calories eaten or the amount of exercise needed to burn off said calories.

2. You have the right to enjoy second servings without apology.

3. You have the right to honor your fullness, even if that means saying “no thank you” to dessert or a second helping of food.

4. It is not your responsibility to make someone happy by overeating, even if it took hours to prepare a specialty holiday dish.

5. You have the right to say, “No thank you,” without explanation, when offered more food.

6. You have the right to stick to your original answer of “no”, even if you are asked multiple times. Just calmly and politely repeat “No, thank you, really.”

7. You have the right to eat pumpkin pie for breakfast.

Remember, no one, except for you, knows how you feel, both emotionally and physically. Only you can be the expert of your body, which requires inner attunement, rather than the external, well-meaning, suggestions from family. (Note this was originally posted in 2010).


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Did you ever think there could be a Holiday Bill of Rights? Well, Evelyn Tribole did - check out what the Intuitive Eater co-founder said here. #intuitiveeating #newfrontiernutrition #holidays

5 thoughts on “Intuitive Eating Through the Holidays – The Bill of Rights”

  1. I really like this bill of rights. So many people equate eating with love and around the holidays that can be a sensitive topic. Thanks for the reminder that it is ok to do what’s best for ourselves and to do our best to stay attuned to our own needs.

  2. I love this post! I am so tired of seeing all posts on eating and overeating during Holidays and all that guilt-tripping and toxic diet culture. I mean it’s the season to nurture and nourish ourselves, we work so hard all through the year, we deserve to eat or not eat as per our choice.


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