Why I'm Grateful For Intuitive Eating
I can’t believe it’s been 8 years since I was first introduced to Intuitive Eating. Time goes by fast when something clicks doesn’t it?! As you guys know I’ve been knee deep in to creating a valuable business where I help women make peace with food and their bodies. I cannot even begin to tell you how many waves of emotions move through me during the day when I’m at my dining room table doing all the backend stuff. Pitching myself to other brands and creating original content day in and day out is not easy! Some moments are joyful but any seasoned entrepreneur will tell you that the early days will test you like nothing else.
I feel such intense emotions of self doubt, financial insecurity and doing so much work and getting no results (ex: clients and money). The only way to truly describe this feeling is, it’s like driving a car with black tape on your windshield and you know you have to be be somewhere great, but you can’t see where that somewhere is. It’s tough. It’s brutal actually.
But, it also reminds me of a very special time in my life. Years ago, when I was in the thick of diet land and weight loss obsession I broke my ankle and couldn’t exercise to lose weight anymore. While I lay on my bed sobbing, half wanting to die, I realized I didn’t care what happened next, but I would not continue living the rest of my life on various diets . And no joke one week later, I was introduced to Intuitive Eating.
If you’ve failed at dieting for weight loss, you know that one of the most painful things about it is that you feel like you’re on a hamster wheel spinning and always ending up at the same place while you work your butt off. I ate healthy because I wanted to be skinny. And when I got those results I would be on the highest of highs and feel so accomplished but when I didn’t which was most of the time I would be so freaking low and felt so disgusting.
There are a million praises I could sing about why I think Intuitive Eating is the way to go if you want to have a healthy relationship with food but in short it’s just a practice where you listen to your body with hunger and fullness and lose the guilt associated with certain food.
Intuitive Eating is NOT a weight loss plan that breeds quick ‘results’ so it taught me about the power of resilience. Those early days of being introduced to it helped me realize that I could make mistakes with food and get right back on the Intuitive Eating train without binge eating. How could would it be to not make yourself sick with food??!! Now when I reach setbacks in my business I give myself permission to not get it perfect and I get right back on the entrepreneur bandwagon.
It took me a long time to unlearn habits from dieting but within a year, Intuitive Eating gave me my power+control back around food. Now I understand, that true change does not happen over night. It takes effort, trial and error, perseverance and a shitload of love. I’m applying the same rules to my business venture and it’s the thing that keeps me going every day.
Intuitive Eating helped me break free from diet culture but doing the practice over and over again has helped me manage hard life situations and today, I’m SO grateful.