(229) I weighed myself and…(Intuitive Eating Series)

So you weighed yourself and well, shit, all the rainbows and unicorns from your Intuitive Eating Honeymoon are in the crapper. What the hell happened? Just getting on the scale, seeing a scale, or thinking of stepping on a scale is enough for your brain to connect with your dieting trauma. Let’s pull up a chair and sift through this on the latest Love Food Podcast episode.

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Dear Food,

After a lifetime of eating, bingeing, and restricting, I finally felt like I needed to shift the way we exist in the world together. I’ve loved you, feared you, needed you, and abused you. We were in need of couples therapy. Luckily, I found a great podcast that was all about you! After binge listening to the Love Food Podcast, I was inspired to explore intuitive eating. For the last month, I’ve immersed myself into the intuitive eating/body positive culture by reading and investigating different books, blogs, etc. What I learned felt right, and I started to implement the tenets of intuitive eating. We had a great two week honeymoon, where I wasn’t anxious about dining out and I allowed myself to eat what I truly craved. I was also vigilant about stopping before I got too full. It was pretty amazing to learn how little I actually needed to feel satisfied. Things were going great until I did something stupid. I stepped on the scale. Yes, I know the experts said you can’t diet and practice intuitive eating at the same time. But, my old compulsion got the best of me. So I weighed myself and it turns out I lost a few pounds. Almost effortlessly. And that’s where I derailed. Since finding out I’ve lost some weight, I’ve been bingeing and restricting again! It’s the same thing I would do when I used to diet. Lose a little, and then eat my way back up the scale. What am I doing??? I can’t seem to find the intuitive path again. Every day I try, but end up bingeing by the end of the day. How did I get here again? I was feeling so empowered and free just a couple of weeks ago, and now I’m feeling defeated and fat all over again. I somehow turned  intuitive eating into another diet gone wrong. Food, I want to get us on the right path again but I’m not sure how.
Love,

Intuitive Saboteur

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The Love Food Podcast Episode 36 with Dawn Clifford

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Try Intuitive Eating and just experienced a crash and burn? Don’t give up. Julie discusses ways that may help you experience peace with food with Dr. Dawn Clifford. Listen now for insight.

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Key Points:

  • “That big hunk of metal gets way more power than it deserves.” Reba Sloan
  • IE is meant to help one heal their relationship with food not as a weight loss tool.
  • Can you have a peaceful relationship with food with weight loss as a goal?
  • Taking the scale out of your home can be an important step in your journey to making peace with food. Can make steps gradually to checking less or burn it!
  • Think small steps to help get back on track with intuitive eating. Try to avoid “all or nothing” and appreciate you don’t have to be all in.
  • Intuitive eating can easily be interpreted in a black and white way just like diets.
  • Motivational interviewing
  • What drove you to step on the scale?
  • Where do you stand in your body image?
  • Everyone’s needs are different.
  • Satter Eating Competence Model
    • Eating attitudes (whether or not experiencing positive eating….important!)
    • Food acceptance (picky eating)
    • Internal regulation (hunger, fullness, satiety)
    • Contextual skills (planning, preparing, grocery shopping, cooking)
  • Pivot to enhance eating competence before easing back into Intuitive Eating

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Click here to leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

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