intuitive eating quiz

Are You Struggling in Your Relationship with Food?

Intuitive Eating is a practice of responding to your internal bodily cues for hunger and fullness instead of other physical, emotional, or mental factors. Another way to think of it is peaceful eating, or "normal" eating. It doesn't mean you eat perfectly all the time. It does mean however, that your relationship with food is more effortless - it takes up less emotional and mental energy.

There are many factors that can get in the way of intuitive eating. This quiz will help you identify which factors may make intuitive eating challenging for you. This will provide you a good idea of where to start in healing your relationship with food and becoming an intuitive eater.

Please answer the questions below based on your general eating habits.

1) I try to avoid certain foods high in fat, carbohydrates, or calories.
2) I find myself eating when I'm feeling emotional (e.g., anxious, depressed, sad), even when I'm not physically hungry. 
3) If I am craving a certain food, I allow myself to have it. 
4) I get mad at myself for eating something unhealthy.
5) I find myself eating when I am lonely, even when I'm not physically hungry. 
6) I trust my body to tell me when to eat. 
7) I trust my body to tell me what to eat. 
8) I trust my body to tell me how much to eat. 
9) I have forbidden foods that I don't allow myself to eat.
10) I use food to help me soothe my negative emotions.
11) I find myself eating when I am stressed out, even when I'm not physically hungry.
12) I am able to cope with my negative emotions (e.g., anxiety, sadness) without turning to food for comfort.
13) When I am bored, I do NOT eat just for something to do.
14) When I am lonely, I do NOT turn to food for comfort. 
15) I find other ways to cope with stress and anxiety than by eating.
16) I allow myself to eat what food I desire at the moment.
17) I do NOT follow eating rules or dieting plans that dictate what, when, and/or how much to eat.
18) Most of the time, I desire to eat nutritious foods.
19) I mostly eat foods that make my perform efficiently (well). 
20) I mostly eat foods that give my body energy and stamina.
21) I rely on my hunger signals to tell me when to eat.
22) I rely on my fullness (satiety) signals to tell me when to stop eating.
23) I trust my body to tell me when to stop eating.

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Source

[1]. Tylka, Tracy L. (2006). Development and psychometric evaluation of a measure of intuitive eating. Journal of Counseling Psychology 53(2), Apr:226‐240.

[2] Tylka, T.L. (2013). A psychometric evaluation of the Intuitive Eating Scale with college men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Jan;60(1):137‐53.

[3] Tribole E. & Resch E. (2012). Intuitive Eating (3rd ed). St.Martin’s Press, NY:NY.

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