One of my favorite parts about being a Non-Diet Registered Dietitian is empowering my clients to make peace with food. From a very young age, we receive messages and learn rules about food and our bodies, and these messages tamp down our ability to listen to our own inner wisdom for honoring our hunger and fullness. When we can no longer hear our internal signals, or the messages we receive tell us not to trust those signals, that’s when we run into problems. Here are some of the problems you may experience: Categorizing food as “good” or “bad,” hearing and feeling the signals for hunger but ignoring them, the constant inner chatter of food rules that lead to guilt and shame, disordered eating behaviors, and eating disorders.
The solution to these problems is simple: Ditch those rules and get comfortable with eating everything. Simply said, but maybe not simply achieved. After all, we are inundated with those food and body messages on a daily basis, and it’s difficult to ignore them.
In the Fall 2018 issue of FabUplus, a magazine dedicated to celebrating women of all sizes who live their lives to the fullest, I wrote an article on this very subject. In it, I offer three tips to begin your journey to make peace with food. These tips allow you to reconnect with food and begin to eat mindfully, become curious about your choices (are they based on your preferences or food rules?), and determine why you eat (is it from hunger, boredom, or for stress relief, for example), and give you the opportunity to develop some alternative coping mechanisms for your feelings other than hunger. You can read the full article, Get Comfortable Eating Everything, here.
If you are interested healing your relationship with food and being comfortable with eating everything, you can start by downloading my free e-book, “The Inner Girl Power Challenge: Mega Edition,” where you will find lots of exercises to jump-start your practice into being a fearless, competent eater.