Intuitive Eating with Food Sensitivities with Rachel Naar, RD – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 69

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Most doctors and dietitians will tell you that if you don’t have a diagnosed food allergy, then you shouldn’t be avoiding any particular food. Unfortunately, this advice does more harm than good for those who experience food sensitivities. Today’s guest knows from both her professional and personal experience how to intuitively listen to your body so you can eat in a normal way and enjoy your food, even when dealing with food sensitivities.



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About Rachel Naar, RD

Rachel Naar MS, RD, CDN, is a decaf coffee-loving, Leo, with a passion for people, places, running, and Motown Music. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University and completed her dietetic internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

She is the founder of her private practice, Rachel Naar Nutrition, where she helps people reinvent their relationships with food, focusing on stress management with a body-positive, intuitive-eating approach. Rachel also assists with gastrointestinal distress and food allergies/intolerances. She aims to demystify food, draw connections to overall well-being, and make life palatable.


Approaching food sensitivities without fear

There’s a lot of uncertainty around food intolerances and food sensitivities. Many doctors and dietitians will pass them off as not being a big deal since they’re hard to diagnose. However, there are lots of reasons why it makes sense for an individual to avoid certain foods. Rachel explains what intuitive eating is and how you can use it to maintain a healthier diet even when you have symptoms of food sensitivities.


Listening to Your Body for the Right Nutrition

Rachel says that it’s very important not to ignore nutrition when approaching intuitive eating. This means being in tune with what feelings of hunger are telling you while paying attention to your nutritional requirements. It’s also about being aware of where your fears around eating come from and addressing them at the root. In fact, Rachel finds that it is possible to decrease or even eliminate certain food sensitivities with the right approach.

How do you approach food sensitivities without becoming fearful of food? Leave a comment below!


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  • How Rachel developed her body-positive and intuitive eating approach [4:45]
  • Realizing the true nature of diet-culture [12:37]
  • The many psychological and physiological reasons people avoid certain foods [18:00]
  • Techniques for using intuitive eating to overcome food fears [20:20]
  • Addressing doubt about the validity of food sensitivities [33:00]
  • The connection between stress and disordered eating [38:50]



“A true allergy is a little bit easier to understand. But when it’s an intolerance, then the symptoms are not life-threatening and your body is not attacking itself, and it’s just a different story.” [16:47]

“It’s sort of a process of trial and error and collaboration. I think first and foremost it’s just really validating their experience throughout it all.” [25:54]

“Can we have a pump-up playlist where we call from the power of music? It’s so fabulous! Can we have a pump-up, ready for the food challenge playlist?” [48:00]



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