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Cut the guilt and see how that changes things for you!! Glad it resonated, Joanna!
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It should be a must read for everyone. Let us eat and be present, without the looming detoxes and resolutions to punish us come January. Thank you, Kelsey! It has been the biggest gift I even could have given myself. Also, embracing Heath At Every Size has been a life changer. Thank you for helping make this more mainstream.
I spent much of my adult life between and lbs due to unrestrained consumption of simple carbs sugar coupled with a genetic predisposition to obesity. I simply do not have the ability to moderate my intake of simply carbs — a problem I firmly believe is biological, not a failure of will — and for me I know that consuming a piece of cake leads directly to consuming the entire cake, and no amount of intuition changes that. I am so happy that this works for the author and so many other commenters. I continue my quest for peace and balance! My sweet tooth would win out every time.
And I have zero problem giving myself permission to eat. But, I have many friends with disordered eating and I love that this is an option. Definitely a message that needs to be heard! That to me is using your intuition as wisely as you can. And for some of us, abstaining is indeed the better option speaking as someone who does better abstaining too.
Thank you so much for saying this, Anne, I was starting to feel like I was the only one. I let myself have what I want most of the time, while conciously choosing moderation.
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There are a number of episodes where binge-eating and the stigma around weight is discussed in a very positive and informative way. I just started learning about Intuitive Eating about 2 months ago. I had given up on diets when I realized that I did not gain weight until I started eating what other people told me I should be eating and that includes physicians. I have not lost weight but am much happier and obsessively exercing to the point of injury. After a lifetime of the dieting cycle and obsessing about my size, I am trying to sort this stuff out for myself. Thank you for the article and for being honest that it may not change your weight.
I find it unspeakably sad particularly as the parent of someone with an eating disorder that Intuitive Eating is even a thing. All it means is not buying in to the nonsense rules and myths peddled by the diet industry, eating real food, listening to your body and knowing when you feel full. This is such a well written and heartfelt article, and Kelsey is saying and doing something of great value. No one would do this and why is that not obvious?! I also notice that I also love eating veggies and sometimes amazing fried chicken not the kind in the hot bar!
We need a wake up, health without the all the restrictions or all of the aspirational goop. Except that I absolutely would do this. I would, in fact, eat donuts all day until I was sick. And then the next day I would eat however many donuts were again available.
That is how my body works unfortunately. I have lots of rules like that: desserts on specific days only holidays, my birthday ; or if on vacation but no more than one per day; no sugar in my house; etc.
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None of this is intuitive for me. Again, just reminding that different people experience food in widely different ways and it is as inaccurate to say that every single person would be healthy if they just ate mindfully as it is to say that every single person would be healthy if they only ate kale. Incredibly well said, Kelsey. Intuitive eating has changed my life not fixed my life, as Kelsey so wisely clarified, but changed it immensely for the better. I am now so much more free to live and enjoy and be holistically healthier! As another commenter said, thank you, COJ, for consistently skipping the diet chatter, celebrating good food, and pointing to a sane, healthy perspective in this area!
Love this. Three big wins: 1 Noticed I had the urge to eat even though not hungry when dehydrated esp. Magnesium 3 Eating a generous portion of complex carbs rather than a smaller one for breakfast significantly reduces cravings for sweets later in the day. Bottom line: My weight has gone down a bit. I cannot agree more!
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Learn to listen to your body and kick out all those who promise you a better land through their new diet plan. Such a cool post! I moved to Kigali a year ago for work, and something about the disruption I guess heightened my intuition? My body changed and I felt better — for no discernable dietary reason other than my relationship to food changed. Weird and cool! It seems what we think we want to eat when we can eat anything and what we REALLY want to eat are two different things. I found that if I ate ice-cream, the nausea and the hunger came back twice as angry.
But if I ate an egg, oatmeal or rice baby really likes rice with dishes my body and I both felt satisfied. So good! It is insane to think about what society has done to us! This was also a very timely reminder for myself. To be kinder to myself, and my body will repay in kind. So, thank you. I have total faith in my intuition.
When I was pregnant, my body would long for nutrient packed meals with meat and a lot of flavor. After long hikes, I crave for hot chocolate, banana milk shake and the like. I think that if you stop to follow your intuition, the problem only begins. But, I admit that you need faith in relying on your inner voice instead of all the extern advices! This is awesome. I had a heart procedure a few years ago, and was absolutely wiped out afterwards. And even tiptoed around the house in the middle of the night for treats!
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Even though I felt awful — my morale was so low — it was amazing that I could trust my body to come roaring back like that. This basically sounds like the choice I made at 20 years of age. I was sick and tired of obsessing about weight and food. I was thin, by the way. Anyhow,at first I did put on some weight. I eat what I want and enjoy life. I am slim, fit and moderately athletic and love healthy foods, but also indulge in treats when I want.
I recommend this approach to anyone. One barely eats breakfast but enjoys snacks and humongous dinners. Another wants three breakfasts and barely any dinner. This is exactly how my kids eat. I really liked this post. Thank you. Diet culture is so violent to women and also so deceitful because it is under the guise that it will leave us healthier and happier. Instead it teaches us to be afraid of our appetites, that our bodies cannot be trusted, and then creates an endless cycle of guilt, hating our bodies, moralizing our cravings, and shaming ourselves for not adhering to its eating plan.
I finally understood that I could not hope to deepen the relationship with myself if I could not make peace with food.
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