Top 5 Things Letting Go Of Food Rules & Exercise Goals Taught Me

After spending most of my live living under the impression that I had control over what I weighed, learning to let go of that control was not that easy.   Pancakes for breakfast, wouldn’t that lead to weight gain?  A Pina Colada on vacation, wouldn’t a vodka club be the better choice if I didn’t want to gain weight? Letting go of all the rules of what I should & shouldn’t do was hard when I felt like some of those rules were keeping me from gaining weight. The problem was though that when I worked hard to weigh less, it sucked most of fun out of life, & it was a little frustrating to be the one who never missed a workout & always said no to dessert, but still never felt happy with how my body looked.   The top 5 things I learned by finally letting go of rules were….. Continue reading “Top 5 Things Letting Go Of Food Rules & Exercise Goals Taught Me”

Not Dieting Doesn’t Mean I’m Eating Intuitively

For about 2 years I’ve been trying to figure out how to eat intuitively and my relationship to food is so much better than it used to be!! I no longer have any off limits food, I no longer count calories (I’ve even stopped trying to total them up in my head), and I never feel out of control around food anymore. I have come so far, but I’ve hit a wall where I’m ready to take a little better care of myself. I’ve started to think I’ve mastered “not dieting” but that doesn’t mean I’m eating intuitively. Continue reading “Not Dieting Doesn’t Mean I’m Eating Intuitively”

“Not Hungry” Cues & Emotional Eating

I went to dinner last night at a mexican restaurant. I LOVE tortilla chips, but I wasn’t hungry when I got there. I a big lunch at 3:00 which meant that I showed up to dinner not hungry. I started eating chips & queso that I wasn’t hungry for, but still wanted. Had it been veggies, or a salad my “not hungry” cues would have meant that I waited for dinner, but since it was chips, my “not hungry” cues weren’t helping. When my burrito showed up I still wasn’t hungry, but kept eating until it was almost gone. I never got too full, but by eating a lot of food I wasn’t hungry for, I was giving my body food it didn’t need.

Some foods seem to work better with my hunger/fullness cues than others. Once I made peace with food, I no longer felt out of control or crazy around anything which is awesome, but I don’t like that with some foods I don’t really honor my “not hungry” or “enough” cues. Continue reading ““Not Hungry” Cues & Emotional Eating”

Intuitive Eating…When Will I Arrive

I thought that once I make peace with food, thought of all foods as equal, & gave myself unconditional permission to eat that eventually I would become someone who always knew exactly what I wanted, craving salads when my body needed a salad & brownies when my soul needed those. I thought if I did it right I’d eventually get to a place where I never wanted to eat when I wasn’t hungry & would always stop at the perfect level of fullness. Life is so much better without food rules but I’m still just not where I want to be!

I started trying to control my weight, when I quit eating intuitively & grazed on things that tasted good like M&Ms regardless of if I was hungry or not. Continue reading “Intuitive Eating…When Will I Arrive”

Summer & 3 IE Struggles

I’ve started to feel a little burnt out on all the eating out & play food of summer but seem to find myself continuing to make choices that feel fun & intuitive in the moment but don’t leave me feeling my best. With summer there are lots of times where food is part of the fun & while I don’t want to miss out on any of it, there’s a point where my body starts asking for more rest & less play food.

When I’m eating whatever I want whenever I want to & exercising only when the mood hits, those choices don’t leave me feeling my best, but the instant gratification of what feels good now is hard to pass up, especially when Intuitive Eating encourages you to let go of rules & restrictions and labels such as good and bad. I’m starting to think that principles such as all foods equal & unconditional permission to eat when done intuitively don’t look the same as eating whatever you want whenever you want to though. Continue reading “Summer & 3 IE Struggles”

5 Surprising Lessons Intuitive Eating Taught Me About My Weight

After spending most of my live living under the impression that I had control over what I weighed, learning to let go of that control was not that easy.   Pancakes for breakfast, wouldn’t that lead to weight gain?  A Pina Colada on vacation, wouldn’t a vodka club be the better choice if I didn’t want to gain weight? Letting go of all the rules of what I should & shouldn’t do was hard when I felt like some of those rules were keeping me from gaining weight. The problem was though that when I worked hard to weigh less, it sucked most of fun out of life, & it was a little frustrating to be the one who never missed a workout & always said no to dessert, but still never felt happy with how my body looked.   The top 5 things I learned by finally letting go of rules were….. Continue reading “5 Surprising Lessons Intuitive Eating Taught Me About My Weight”

3 Things That Helped In My Struggle To Work Out Less

I was never all that good at eating less so I became really good at exercising more. By nature I am someone who likes to move so it was easier for me to add in exercise than to cut out food. It hit a point where I was spending 3 or more hours a day doing a mix of running, biking, walking, & weights and would feel stressed on days where I couldn’t fit it all in. Even on the one day I took “off” each week I’d still go for a walk & get on the bike. It wasn’t a fun way to live but I felt trapped, worrying that without it I’d either gain weight quickly, or not be able to eat much at all.

In the beginning it was easier to give up calorie counting & allow all foods than it was to cut back on exercise so I waited until I was comfortable with the food side before tackling my disordered relationship with exercise. It took some time but these were a few of the things that helped me let go: Continue reading “3 Things That Helped In My Struggle To Work Out Less”