Think about the last time you tried something new. Maybe it was a new sport or hobby. Were you immediately Michael Phelps? Highly unlikely. I always find it curious that we give ourselves so little grace when learning something new, especially when we’re unlearning something else at the same time. In order to fully embrace Intuitive Eating we have to let go of decades, if not a lifetime, of outdated beliefs about food, health and ourselves.
Americans have been dieting for 60+ years. TOPS was founded in 1948, Overeaters Anonymous in 1960 and Weight Watchers in 1963. So every generation born after the Boomers has been raised in this Diet Culture. Let that sink in. As a society, we’ve been counting calories, points, pounds, inches and BMI scores for GENERATIONS. It’s maddening! We believe this is normal and it couldn’t be further from the truth, from what nature intended. We cannot outsmart our biology.
I point this out to emphasize that when we embark on an Intuitive Eating journey, or anything new, we want to be experts yesterday. But this impatience can be damaging because we’re moving away a multi-generational way of being and it’s just going to take some time. Not to mention there are no rules to follow. Nothing to count, no ‘expert’ to tell you exactly what to do. You are the expert on your body, and if you haven’t spent much time with yourself lately, you’re going to have to get to know each other again.
There will be starts and stops, excitement and frustration, maybe even some arguments and tears because you’re building something new. Everyone’s timeline will be different. But please know this: you’re not doing it wrong, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be and before you know it, these growing pains will be a distant memory and you’ll happily be at peace with food and your body.
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