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Today I originally planned to post about the fourth principle of Intuitive Eating. But yesterday, I had a really, really tough day with body acceptance. The journey to acceptance and intuitive eating never ends. Even though I accept my body 99% of the time and eat intuitively, I sometimes still fall back to old habits. One of my goals with my series is to share some of those obstacles you may encounter on your own journey and the steps to overcome those obstacles, so I thought I would share mine.
In the past month, I have been indulging a lot more than usual. I finished the New Orleans marathon and it’s always a struggle at first to reduce your food intake to pre-marathon training levels. In addition, I was in New Orleans enjoying all sorts of delicious food. And in the past two weeks, I have had a lot of going away and birthday celebrations, which of course all come with their fair share of indulgent foods and alcoholic beverages.
Yesterday, I got home and planned to head out to the gym. I slipped on a pair of workout capris and stopped dead in my tracks. It seemed to me that my stomach had grown overnight. My belly was seemingly spilling over my capris and I couldn’t help but almost start crying. I immediately felt ashamed of my body and upset with myself for letting myself eat more than I should.
And of course with that guilt and shame came the proclamation to go on a diet. No more treats I told myself. But as I threw myself a pity party and ate egg whites for supper, I started thinking more clearly and decided I was not going to let myself go down that path.
I reminded myself that diets don’t work. I reminded myself that my self-worth is not defined by the way my stomach looks in a pair of capris. I reminded myself that I need to listen to what my body wants and not just eat treats because they are around and available.
I have misstepped in my intuitive eating in the past month. I haven’t been honouring my hunger and I certainly haven’t been honouring my fullness (a principle I’ll talk about soon). I don’t know if I’ve gained weight (I don’t weigh myself). It could have just been a bad day or it could actually be some weight gain. But I’m not going to dwell on that and push myself into restriction because I know where that path leads, and it’s not happiness.
Instead, I recognize that I need to refocus on the principles and listen to my body. My body is craving nourishment. I ate a salad the other day that I am still thinking about. I enjoyed it more than a lot of the treats that I’ve been having. So I’m not going to diet. I’m not going to dwell on my softer tummy. I am going to focus on what I can do to improve the way my body and mind feels. After going through these steps and refocusing my energy, I went to bed feeling confident and happy instead of depressed and starved. That’s the magic of Intuitive Eating. It takes work but even on those bad days, you can focus on finding happiness and not get stuck in the negative diet cycle again and again.
Tell me about the obstacles you’ve had with Intuitive Eating? Are you able to re-frame and find positivity or do you struggle with the negative diet cycle still?
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