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Nutritionist: Ditch diets for intuitive eating

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Published: Nov. 22, 2018 at 5:48 PM EST
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Nutritionist Alissa Rumsey wants her clients to ditch their diets.

"It's dieting that has caused you to feel out of control around food," Rumsey said.

She believes the better way to health and wellness is intuitive eating, which means trusting the signals from your body rather than external dieting rules.

"Our body biologically is wired to know how much we need to eat and what we need to eat. And as we get older, we tend to lose sight of that," Rumsey said.

Rumsey gives clients permission to eat what they want, as long as there's a healthy balance. The program is not for weight loss. But the idea is if you stop restricting the foods you crave, you're less likely to binge.

"You just get used to the fact, OK, ice cream is going to be there. I can have it if I want it. And you know what? I don't really feel like it tonight," Rumsey said.

Photographer Karen Obrist is one of her clients and is trying to unlearn food habits from her childhood.

"I always kind of went through life finishing whatever was in front of me," Obrist said. "I would go to the store and I would get a snack, like a bag of chips and I would eat the whole thing."

Obrist says intuitive eating has helped her relax around the foods she once thought of as forbidden and recognize when she's full.

"It just has really helped me feel good about myself and feel comfortable in my skin, and be able to eat and enjoy food and not be so hard on myself," she said.

Rumsey also tells her clients to throw away their scales. She says rather than focus on a number, focusing on how your body feels will lead to healthier decisions.