Written by Stephanie PW Wong, MSc Foods and Nutrition (Candidate)
Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD
In the midst of the holiday season, many of us are preparing for festive gatherings with our closest family and friends. However, some of us may also associate this time of the year with increased stress, such as scrambling for last minute gifts, balancing hectic schedules, and obligations to attend social events that often involve an abundance of delicious food. Those who follow strict diets and food rules may face obstacles that take away from the joy of celebrating with our loved ones. While consistent patterns of eating are more reflective of our health trajectory rather than one night of partying, many of us can still benefit from improving our relationship with food. Therefore, the Intuitive Eating (IE) framework can help bring back the pleasure and satisfaction that food brings in our lives, especially during the holiday season.