Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D., may be one of the only dietitians to tell you to eat French fries and chocolate cake. But her advice is sensible and practical when applied within the context of her intuitive-eating principles—a way of eating that emphasizes a healthful mind-set about food versus focusing on “good” and “bad” foods.
A competitive runner who qualified for the 1984 Olympic marathon trials, Tribole’s interest in nutrition stemmed from wanting to know what to eat to run faster. It wasn’t until the early 1990s, when she was working with celebrities at Columbia Pictures and was frustrated when they regained weight they lost, that she looked into the psychology behind eating. Now, rather than suggesting diets where people can only eat this and not that, she tells them to eat anything. The catch: they must recognize when they’re hungry, eat only when they are and then stop when they feel satisfied.
Evelyn Tribole answered some questions on what intuitive eating is and how to get started.
Illustration by Andrew Bannecker