I was thinking back to all of the dieting books I’ve purchased over the years. Some got read, some collected dust. After learning about and embracing Intuitive Eating last year, I had this feeling that I had been here before. So I logged onto Amazon to look at my order history and there it was. I purchased Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch on September 8, 2008. Over TEN years have passed since I first heard about Intuitive Eating. It makes me sad to think about all the time and energy I spent spinning out in diet culture when I could have found peace, if only I was ready.
Therein lies the answer… I wasn’t ready. I remember starting, but not finishing the book. I remember thinking, “this sounds great!” and “maybe once I’ve lost the weight, I can learn to be an intuitive eater”. I wasn’t ready to hear that dieting wasn’t the answer I was seeking, that in fact it was the cause of my problems. I wasn’t ready to accept myself as I was, at that weight with that body in our thin-worshiping culture.
While I don’t remember the exact details or circumstances of that time in my life that led me to say “not yet” to Intuitive Eating, I know this: that people/experiences/things arrive when we’re ready for them. As much as I wish things would have been different, I can’t turn back time. Now that I know better, I can do better. Not only am I doing better for myself, I’m helping others find peace with food and their bodies. What a gift. Today I get to say I’M READY. Won’t you join me?
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