(246) Parenting without Food Peace and using Intuitive Eating while raising kids with Unyime Oguta

Julie Dillon

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(246) Parenting without Food Peace and using Intuitive Eating while raising kids with Unyime Oguta

Are you trying to break the dieting cycle within your family yet don’t have the foggiest idea on how to make that happen….so you just pretend it is all ok?! How do you teach your kids how to relate to food without passing on the disordered eating burden and body hate? The latest Love Food podcast episode explores just that with The Thriving Mum Podcast host Unyime Oguta.

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Dear Food,

The worst question my children can ask me is, ‘’Whats for dinner?’. It’s a daily assault on my desire to avoid thinking about you altogether. For me to answer my children’s question, I need to have thought about you- what would be tasty, what my children would like, what will nourish them. And then when I have thought about you, I then have to prepare you. I find this utterly overwhelming  and exhausting down to my bones.

Did you notice I don’t ask myself, what would I like to eat? I don’t know the answer to that question. I am so divorced from you that I don’t know what I want when I feel hungry. And Food, so you know, I have felt hungry for as long as I can remember.
Here’s what I do know about you Food: I know that it’s not my fault I am fat and it’s not your fault either. I just feel like we got off on the wrong foot. My mum was scared of you Food, and did the things women do to keep you at bay. She did the best she could with what she had, but it’s left its mark.  I watched, and I felt constrained and angry. So I very angrily and defiantly ate what I wanted, but eating because you’re angry doesn’t lead to food peace either.  I talk about you so positively with my kids, and I put on such a cheerful, food neutral voice at dinner and lunch and breakfast and snacks and all the times that we seem to talk about food. My children will never, ever know that you and I don’t really get on, that is a promise. But, truthfully I want to not think about you, you make me so anxious and demoralised.
Do you think you and I might be able to make peace?
Sincerely,
Overwhelmed + Exhausted

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