If you’ve been looking into intuitive eating – that’s great! It has wonderful benefits from healing your relationship with food, to saying goodbye to diets forever. But there are some things to understand before you get started.
You Can’t Focus on Intuitive Eating and Weight Loss at the Same Time
This is one of the most important things to understand about intuitive eating. It’s NOT A DIET, nor is it a way to learn how to control your portions to help you lose weight. If you have a goal of weight loss, intuitive eating is not for you. You have to come to a place of body acceptance, where you fully accept that your body may not get smaller, and might even get a little bigger before everything balances out. If you can’t do that, you won’t be able to fully embrace eating intuitively.
This is Not a Linear Process
Intuitive eating is not linear, like most things in life. There are ebbs and flows, good days and bad days. One day, you might feel like you have a handle on it and the next day you feel ravenous and out of control with food. This is all normal and part of the process. Don’t give up! Just keep going and learning. Trust your body, follow your cravings, and understand that it will all lead you toward a life free of diets.
You Won’t Feel Out of Control Forever
That feeling of being out of control around certain types of food if you aren’t tracking, won’t last forever. It can cause a lot of fear and anxiety in the beginning, especially if you feel like you have a history of food addiction and overeating. If you are used to restricting food and writing down every single calorie and carb, it can feel scary to suddenly let all that go.
But the feeling of being out of control doesn’t last forever. You just have to learn how to follow your body’s cues and trust it to guide you in the right direction.
Finding a Good Support System is Crucial
From the very beginning of your intuitive eating journey, you need to have people around who will support you. You don’t have to tell everyone what you’re doing, but find at least one person you trust who you can talk to about it. Someone who won’t judge you, who won’t throw diet talk in your face, and who isn’t going to trigger you in any way. On the opposite end, you may need to distance yourself from people who are deeply committed to diet culture.
So, what if you had someone helping you?
To identify and focus on what matters to YOU. Someone who has been there. Someone who has felt exactly like you’re feeling right now.
You can get support from me and a welcoming group of women when you join my 8-week Intuitive Eating group coaching program. Our next group starts March 2.
It’s the perfect time to connect for a complimentary 30-minute Wellness Consult so we can sit with your heart and talk about how we can tap into that.
I’ll be here to support you as you take a courageous step into a more peaceful relationship with food, to guide you on your intuitive eating journey, and light your path as you discover what’s been holding you back.
Book a 30-minute Wellness Consult today.