After creating the Intuitive Eater’s Holiday Bill of Rights, I thought about the collective wisdom of Intuitive Eating Professionals on LinkedIn, (which consists of over 800 allied health professionals). And so I posed the following question to the group:

What additional Intuitive Eater “right” would you add to help foster inner peace during the holiday season?

I am pleased to share their suggestions, below. Would you like to add a “right” to the “Intuitive Eater’s Holiday Bill of Rights?” Please share, by posting it in the comments section below.

Intuitive Eater’s Holiday Bill of Rights-Part 2 (You can read part one here)

  • “You have the right to feel less than “cheerful” no matter what others are saying about the ‘true spirit’ of the holiday season. You have the right to honor your true feelings and respond to them with compassion.” ~ Rebecca Galla
  • “Not right now thanks but maybe later” works really well to appease the pushy host/hostess. If there isn’t a “later” then remind yourself that there is tomorrow and you won’t perish today.” ~ Tracy Stoker
  • “You have a right to notice how your body responds to different foods and to eat foods that look good, taste good and make you FEEL GOOD.” ~ Latoya J. Williams
  • “You have the right to share your inner peace with food, without judgement! Others may just even be jealous!” ~ Kathryn Fink
  • “You have the right to enjoy your food immensely even if a loved one with food challenges is present.”- Becky Henry
  • “You have the right not to participate in diet/weight talk.” ~ Judith Matz
  • “I suggest my clients say “maybe later” with a smile… helps to neutralize the situation.” ~ Janice Baker MBA RD CDE CNSC
  • “You have the right to eat others’ forbidden foods without feeling guilty.” ~ Jaime Fenton
  • “You have the right to say a graceful “Thank you” when someone compliments you without denying their comment or putting yourself down.” ~ Sumner Brooks, MPH, RD, CSSD
  • And Elyse Resch,co-author of Intuitive Eating offers this gem:

“You have the right to feel the painful feelings that may come up at holiday time and to ask for support from someone safe.”

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Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S

Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S is an award-winning registered dietitian, with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California. She has written nine books including the bestsellers Healthy Homestyle Cooking and Intuitive Eating(co-author). Her newest book is the Intuitive Eating Workbook:Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food.