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Last week I was listening to the Food Psych podcast (which I highly recommend) and it became clear to me that I missed a huge step when talking about intuitive eating. I started my series by sharing my food journey and what led me to intuitive eating and then moved right into the steps. But I forgot a key component that’s so critical and truthfully, without it, intuitive eating is doomed to fail.
So what’s that first step….body acceptance.
I know what you’re thinking, why don’t you just make the first step do 1000 pushups because it seems just as impossible. We live in a diet culture that is obsessed with body image. Between magazines, TV, movies, and social media we are constantly bombarded with images and messaging around body image and ways to improve ourselves. With these types of messages everywhere it’s no wonder we constantly feel like our bodies are not good enough.
But intuitive eating relies on trusting your body. You need to rely on your body for signals on hunger, fullness, and satisfaction. And if you don’t accept your body and love it, you will never trust those signals. You can start down the path of intuitive eating but I guarantee you will stall and head back to your comfort zone of food rules and dieting.
So how do you achieve that first step?
Body acceptance means that you accept your body for how it looks right now and you learn to appreciate your body because when you think about it, our bodies are amazing. Acceptance does not mean that you are giving up on yourself or that your body can’t or won’t change. Acceptance and change are not mutually exclusive concepts. BUT…change does not necessarily equate to weight loss. Instead, change will and should focus on more important outcomes like self-confidence, increased energy, increased happiness, etc.
And yet you’re thinking, but…I want to lose weight. Ask yourself why. Will losing that 30lbs make you happy? Do you truly think once you’ve hit your goal weight you won’t want for more? Because I can say with absolute certainty that you will. You can starve yourself and work out for hours every day, yet you will still not look like the girl on the magazine. Why? Because that girl doesn’t even look like that. It’s photoshop. And even the girl on Instagram is using good angles and lighting. There is no perfect body, give up that ideal and instead accept your perfectly imperfect body right now.
Intuitive eating is NOT a weight loss program. It’s a path to finding joy in food and life. It’s a path to freedom. You may never achieve that perfect bikini body with intuitive eating but the truth is you won’t with a diet either. So ask yourself, would you rather spend your life in discontent and hating the way you look or love the way you look, eat the foods that you love and be a happier person overall? It seems like a no-brainer to me. And so I hope you continue down the path of intuitive eating. I hope you learn to love and appreciate your amazing body.
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