Intuitive Eating... isn’t that where you binge eat junk food all the time? 🤪
It took some time before I was willing to give IE a try... it was terrifying. In my most recent diet attempt, I’d convinced myself I was a food addict in recovery. Strict, regimented and measured eating was the cure. I was sooooo convinced that I’d finally found the key to weight loss and happiness.
But I wasn’t happy. I had happy days, sure - dieting is kind of a fun game at first, especially for perfectionists (like myself) who thrive on clear expectations and achievements to unlock. I’m grateful that while on this diet, I learned a lot about my relationship with food and the foods that I needed to eat more of to feel fueled and energized. But overall, I was more convinced than ever that I’d never be able to “succeed” at health because it was too damn hard to stick to the strict rules that’d get me there. On my “off the wagon” days, my self-worth sunk lower than ever before and the binging was out of control.
Intuitive Eating isn’t about eating all the junk food... it’s about trusting your body to know what it needs. When I started IE, I’m positive I gained weight actually. But I don’t know, I haven’t weighed myself. It didn’t take long, though, for my cravings to shift from high sugar/high fat yummies to more nutrient dense fruits and veggies. It’s funny, I was so scared to start this... I’d lost trust with myself, I didn’t believe I could be trusted with food any longer. Rebuilding that trust is such a process but I do trust my body to know what it needs and listening to that inner voice has been incredibly empowering.
Quick brunch before teaching my final class of the week at the lovely @floatspahove before heading off on a technology-free, nature-filled, very special birthday weekend in the beautiful surroundings of Devon 😀🙌🌳