Intuitive Eating, My Style

I’m not sure if you guys have noticed, but in the past few months, I’ve drastically changed the way that I eat.

Not what I eat, but how I eat.

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Yeah, I’m actually pretty sure that you haven’t noticed, because who really pays that much attention to anybody else’s food intake?  We’re all far too self-absorbed for that nonsense (well, I am).

Before we get started, I think you should go read My Story if you haven’t already.  Yes, this blog post has required reading attached to it.    I think I have a complex from all of the required reading for school, and now I’m unloading that on you.  Sorry that you have to deal with my overdramatized psychological issues.  Feel free to recommend a therapist.

Anyway.  Read that and come back. Are you back?  Now? How about now? Now?

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Good.  Sick stuff, right?  If you cheated and didn’t read, I’ll fill you in: For a few years in high school, I basically worked out at least three (intense) hours per day, eating around 1100 calories.  I had emotional breakdowns a few times per week and I was terrified of food.

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It was such a fun time. (<< That’s me being sarcastic because talking about my issues makes me uncomfortable.  It’s a coping mechanism.  Again, please feel free to leave the name and number of your favorite shrink.)

Somewhere around my senior year in high school, I gave up all of that nonsense and started living my life like a semi-normal person.  No more sugar-free Jell-Os for lunch!  Wahoo party it UP bitches!

Except, I was still playing the diet game.  No, I wasn’t crazy obsessive.  Yes, I could skip workouts without much guilt.  Yes, I was a happy and healthy person.  But I still had that diet mentality.  I still wanted to lose weight, get strong, slim down, tone up, increase my manhood by 2-4 inches…

Wait.  That last one isn’t a thing is it?  Those damn spam emails stick in your head, you know?

But you know what I mean. Like most of America, I was a chronic dieter.  A seasoned dieter.  An expert dieter.

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I had this incredible knack for starting diets.  I started Body for Life, Weight Watchers, Paleo, high-protein diets, plant-based diets, calorie counting on My Fitness Pal, calorie counting on JillianMichaels.com, and I freaking gave up added sugar for 51 days.  (Please, please, please, nobody add up how much money I spent paying for some of those sites.  I can’t even think about it.)  I set goals again and again.  I lost weight, and I gained weight.  And a lot of it is documented on this blog, which kind of makes me sad.

Finishing diets, though?  Yeah, not so much.  You know the drill: You start with gusto and excitement, only to “slip-up“, then you get back “on track,” then you get hungry and stabby, then you binge eat and get sick and stabby.  And you’re just generally stabby all around until you give up the diet.  Rinse and repeat with a new diet.  FUN SHIT.

Except not.

I wanted to stop dieting, but I couldn’t.  Whenever I’d stop a diet, I’d overeat junk food all day long.  I felt incapable of eating healthfully or moderately when I wasn’t on a strict diet.

One night, I was surfing blogs and made the snap decision to sign up for Jamie’s Intuitive Eating Challenge.  I didn’t want to diet again.  I couldn’t diet again.  Honestly, I was nervous and kind of ashamed when I signed up.  I definitely went into the program with some misconceptions:

I thought the program was the new blogger fad diet/buzz word.  And, you know what?  For the people who aren’t ready to trust themselves, it might be.  But if you do it right, it’s the exact opposite of a diet.  No restriction allowed!

I thought I would binge eat bagels and ice cream for the rest of my life.  And guess what?  I’m not binge eating bagels and ice cream.  Except on Bagel Wednesday, duh.  (#FreeFoodProbs)

I thought the program would be filled with general douche-ness.  Like I kind of expected people to be all, “honor your majestical stomach, you unicorn rider!”  But they weren’t.  Everyone is smart, normal, and amazing — they just struggle with poor relationships with food, like most of the country.  Although, I’m sure I probably added a dash of my own personal douche-osity to the program, since I’m like King Midas except instead of gold, it’s douche-aliciousness.  How many times can I say douche in one paragraph?  Douche! Douche! Douche!

Oh my god.

But honestly, Jamie is amazing.  She’s smart, well-spoken, and completely realistic.  She accepts the setbacks and knows that nobody can eat according to hunger 100% of the time.  Mostly, you should eat because you’re hungry.  Sometimes, you eat because something is fantastic, even if you’re full.  And always, you eat what your body wants.  Always.

At first, eating intuitively was hard.  I had to think about it a lot.  But now?  I don’t really think about it at all.  I feel free.  I no longer have to measure out every tablespoon of food.  I don’t have to track everything in a stupid weight loss app on my iPhone.  I don’t have to count and weigh and measure and go to sleep hungry.  The food that I eat isn’t classified into “healthy” or “not healthy” categories.  I just eat and I’m happy.  My body image is better than it’s ever been and I love it.

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Long story short: Intuitive eating is possible.  YOU can do it.  Yeah, you.  And Jamie can help you a ton.  Her program is absolutely fantastic.  If you struggle with the diet mentality, I think you should sign up for it asap. It’s super affordable, you get access to the brilliant Jamie, and you get to join a huge community of women on Facebook going through the same thing as you.  DO IT.  I promise you’ll feel better about yourself than you ever have before.

I sure as hell do. 

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Whoa, ridic novel-status up there, but I just wanted to get you all up to date on my life.  Thanks for listening to my psycho rants.  Again, feel free to recommend a therapist.  (CRY FOR HELP.)

In the comments: What are your honest thoughts on intuitive eating?  Which diet from your past was the most ridiculous and/or crazy? 

Comments

  1. Arlene Hittle says:

    Oh wow. I could have written this post … well, except for the starving myself part. I’ve been known to joke that I could never be anorexic because I like to eat too damn much.

    But I definitely struggle with the diet mentality. I’ve read the Intuitive Eating book and I like the idea of it, but I’m scared shitless of that whole “no restriction” thing. When I’m not following some kind of eating plan, I’m usually eating out of control.

    You’re so freakin’ sensible and self-aware (not to mention hilarious). I wish I’d been half as smart as you when I was your age. (Wouldn’t still be trying to figure out this weight-loss thing if I were …)

    • I completely understand your fear surrounding it. I felt the same way for the longest time. I always told myself, “I’ll start eating intuitively once I lose the weight”, but the thing is, I never lost any weight. I thought I was flawed, but it’s really just the diets that are flawed.

      And I think YOU’RE smart and amazing. Us smart women have to have something we struggle with, or else it just wouldn’t be fair ;).

  2. I am all about intuitive eating, and I love how open you are with your journey to be where you are today. You are so relatable and hysterical, and I know that so many ladies, myself included, appreciate how genuine and refreshing you are. Xoxo!

    • Being open is definitely something that comes natural to me. Just ask the grocery store checker. And the lady in the cubicle next to me. And basically everybody I’ve ever talked to.

  3. Love this – and thank you for sharing your background :) I used to struggle a bit with my diet, and I still do on some days, but I try to eat an 80/20 diet :)

  4. This is so refreshing to hear. You lay it all out there and I love that. I think everyone will find the foods that make their body feel their best and work their best. Along with what they want. I think no matter what I am doing, I always have those times where you just need to give yourself some thing that you want – for me tends to be on the candy side!

    • I totally agree. Our bodies are all different and require different types of fuel. It’s so important (and satisfying) to give them what they need!

  5. I’m sorry but… “honor your majestical stomach, you unicorn rider!” <– THAT nearly made me spit my morning tea all over my computer screen :lol: Oh girl… no words for your amazingness.

    But I completely agree with what you said about intuitive eating… I went through a good handful of years where I tracked EVERYTHING and planned EVERYTHING and it made me absolutely miserable. I hated it, but at the same time I didn't think that my body knew well enough to take care of itself… I thought that if I wasn't 100% on top of things, that my world would basically fall apart. Yeah right. Eventually I just got so frustrated that I gave up trying to count and micromanage everything, and while it was terrifying and took a bit of time, I can now say that it was the best thing I've ever done, and that I feel and look better than I ever have.

    • It seriously is awful. It’s such a control thing. Luckily, I’ve channeled by control-freakiness into other things… Like my planner.

      Obviously I didn’t know you in your ED days, but I am SO happy that you got better <3. Isn’t it crazy to think about where you’d be if you hadn’t recovered?

  6. That’s so awesome! I was the same way for a few years! I’d love to give intuitive eating a try!

  7. I LOVED reading this! You are seriously one of my favorites and have such a knack for making me feel happy about myself and love myself–something that is very hard for me to do!!
    Thanks so much woman :)
    Intuitive eating is something I am striving for. Absolutely. I am so much better than I was last year, but still have a long ways to go!
    I love how great you are with body image and self-love! I am taking pointers from you!!

    • It seriously makes me giddy to hear that. You are so incredibly welcome.

      It’s always important to look at the progress you’ve made. It’s always more than we give ourselves credit for.

  8. You always make me smile and I love that about you!!! GREAT post.

  9. 1. The best therapist is always chocolate. And endorphins. Because according to Elle from Legally Blonde, “endorphins make you happy.” 2. You’re absolutely hilarious, although you’re such an awesome writer that you still manage to write a pretty damn good post. 3. I’m obsessed with you for including a gif of Jennifer Lawrence because I have a gigantic girl crush on her. 4. I’ve actually never read your story and I never knew the extent of your disordered relationship with food…we have a lot in common <3

    This was a fantastic post, and definitely a refreshing post to read. You're gorgeous, both inside and out, girlie. Keep on chuggin along! <3

    • 1. And happy people just don’t kill their husbands, so that’s a plus too! 2. Thank you muchly. 3. You’ll have to fight me for JL, ’cause she’s mine. 4. THANK YOU FOR READING. I’m convinced we’d be BFFs in real life.

  10. OMG YES! I love that you’ve found this too. Sounds so familiar (except I just didn’t eat in high school and didn’t work out … college was all about being 100 lbs and working out all the time). Love the GIFs you included too. I’m usually too lazy to creep around to find stuff like that.

    PS haven’t been here since you redid the blog design. Looks fab!

    • Yeah, it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever. Who the hell spends that much effort on eating and exercising (well, us, apparently). It’s so absurd. Hindsight, I guess.

  11. I read your story yesterday and it was such a touching read. I went through a similar story and considering that I am this old blogger gramdma, I think it’s time to recover :-)
    I heard a lot good things about the Intuitive Eating Challenge and let me tell you, you can be SO proud if yourself!! I am scared to eat intuitively, but posts like these really inspire me. You rock girl!!

    • Thanks, Lucie. That means a lot that you took the time to read. I was so scared to eat intuitively, and I always pulled the “I’ll do it when I lose weight” card. Of all the people I know who have done the program, not one has regretted it. I highly recommend taking that leap!

  12. I’m happy to hear that IE has worked so well for you! I remember reading your story a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing that you’ve made leaps and bounds from where you were before. In my ED I absolutely felt that I had to track everything, work out daily, not go above a certain calorie allotment…it’s an absolutely horrid way to live. Life is so much more enjoyable when you just eat what and when you want, right?

    And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you are hilariously awesome and I adore reading your posts <3

    • Thanks, girly! It really is a sad, empty way to live. Food is one of life’s biggest joys and it’s amazing to be able to experience that without guilt!

  13. Carly, I think we received more than enough protein at Blend to increase the size of your manhood by AT LEAST 4 inches… But for real, great post. Love your honestly and hilariousness and I’m happy that I can be commenting again and not on struggle street trying to read blogs via my phone ;) Oh and I love your confidence too – that is the sexiest thing there is in a woman!

    • BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh god. Well since I kind of started at the beginning, I wouldn’t mind a few more. I just want you to be proud of my manhood!!

      And thanks, sexy lady. Miss your face.

  14. hahahaha this: “honor your majestical stomach, you unicorn rider!” just made my day. also this: “It was such a fun time. (<< That’s me being sarcastic because talking about my issues make me uncomfortable. It’s a coping mechanism. " story of my life- if you get any good therapist reco's let me know :) and finally, im so happy intuitive eating is working for you!

  15. No need for therapy, remember? This is why we have all the snacks in the world (especially at your internship… I am quite jealous of the free snacks). Lately, your self confidence has helped boost a lot of people around this blog world and twitter world so thanks for all the food vibes emerging from this snack therapy sesh!

  16. That sounds amazing! I am on my intuitive eating journey for a while and for me reading books and blogs and listening to podcasts on the topic was enough. But I know that a lot of women need more personal support and I am happy to see that Jamie’s program is so helpful.

  17. Aw, I’m blushing!! Thanks for all of the positive feedback Carly! It’s been SO FUN getting to know you over the past few months. You’re such a hilarious, thoughtful and inspirational woman. Lots of love!

  18. Great post girl! I feel like at the end of the day eating right and not dieting is just the way to go, especially intuitively. Fueling your body when it’s hungry and cueing to what it wants. No deprivation & enjoying every bite. It’s always a work in progress though and sometimes not easy. I’m glad you found what works for you<3

  19. I have seen this program all over the place but I really LOVE your take on it! I’ve been working on my own with the whole intuitive eating thing (with the help of my RD) and honestly, it does get easier. I have my struggles but it’s a much more freeing way to live life. It seems like you’re getting there too! Plus, you put a hilarious spin on it which is even better.

    • I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but I think it’s awesome that you’re working with an RD. I honestly feel like person-to-person contact makes all the difference (versus just reading a book or something). It’s nice to be able to talk things out.

  20. i <3 jamie too.
    and you. give me some of your boobs.

  21. I feel ya on pretty much everything in this post! I think the one main thing I have learned through intuitive eating is that everything balances out! If I end up eating a ton of bread and a bowl of pasta for dinner then I notice that at some point within the day or two after I will not have such a big breakfast or will skip one of my snacks because my body is balancing out the larger meal that I had. It’s funny how when you trust your body it does wonderful things! And eating whatever you want gives you so much freedom! It feels so nice not to have to stress about going out to eat or getting in crazy amounts of time on the treadmill! Cheers to regaining control and living a healthy and delicious life :)

    • So, so true. Our bodies are pretty dang smart; they’ll tell us want they want. It’s a great time saver ;).

  22. Such a great post! JLaw is my girl crush <3

    I think intuitive eating is for sure possible. You have to be in a good place to start though or need more support if that makes sense.

    I once tired weight watchers and it was awful. I was always hungry and eating processed crap, no wonder I only lost a few pounds! Eating real food and listening to my body (plus exercise) is the only things that's ever helped me lose weight and go figure, it's not really a fad/expensive diet! :)

    Except bagel Wednesday is right! I ain't ever gonna turn down a free bagel.

    • God, I love that woman. I want to be her best friend.

      I completely agree. I feel like some people use “Intuitive” Eating as a way to restrict even further.

      I seriously feel like I talk about Bagel Wednesday every 5 seconds. I tell everyone who’ll listen about it. I’m going to die a little bit inside when this internship is over (for more reasons than one).

  23. I’m interning with an RD who works with eating disorders, and she gave me Intuitive Eating to read because once her clients are ready that is how she “re-trains” them to eat so to speak. It’s so interesting and such a great tool.

    • I completely agree! Our hunger signals get so screwed up from years of dieting and tons of conflicting information. It’s nice to reset that.

  24. I definitely think intuitive eating is hard for any woman because of all the mumbo jumbo we read on a daily basis, especially if you read blogs. My biggest thing is re-learning what I like and do not like after 6 years of convincing myself all foods were bad. Uhm, hello self? Food is delicious. It’s a tough process but you’re right, it is attainable… And attainable without burping rainbows and dreaming about magical unicorns. :-P

    • Ugh, it’s so true. There is so much shit out there trying to make us feel bad so we give our money to the diet industry. Food really is amazing and delicious. It’s meant to be enjoyed!

  25. Great post!!! :)

    Intuitive eating is tough to do if you do have a disordered or unhealthy relationship with food, but it is SO freeing once you re-learn how to do it (b/c we were all intuitive eaters once). I’m so grateful I no longer hate food or myself. Intuitive eaters unite!! <3

    • Thanks love! I don’t think — in fact, I know — that I would have been able to try Intuitive Eating when I had a disordered relationship with food. I would have flat out refused, or used it as a way of covering up my problems.

      Fist bump for loving ourselves and food <3

  26. This is awesome to hear, Carly! Way to break the dieting cycle! It can be a nasty one and it looks like you’ve finally found what works for you….EATING DAMN GOOD FOOD! Just the way I like it too :)

  27. The worst one I can think of is the low fat diet. Eating those stupid 100 calorie packs of low fat oreo thins and low fat peanut butter crap was just ridiculous.

  28. Oh you make me laugh!:) I’m here to offer you some relief! I have had way more twisted food issues than you along with dieting lol, but who’s comparing, right!?:) I finally captured this amazing idea of eating intuitively and for foods that your body asks you to eat, not trying to tell it what to eat. Pretty great stuff, now if I could just look at jars of peanut butter and tubs of Healthy Choice ice cream without cringing and feeling sick over the relentless memories of those two evil foods that led to binging and then dieting for years on end without treating myself to foods like dark chocolate out of fat phobia. No more, please and thank you! Great post!:)

    • Hahaha — thanks for making me feel less like a crazy person! Amen to dark chocolate and fat. Soo good :).

  29. Oh food is definitely one of my favorite parts of the day, lol!!! But I eat when I am hungry and I eat a LOT and I don’t care. I am seriously a professional eater :)

  30. I went and re-read your story because I think I read it a long time ago and it just reaffirms to me that you are so beautiful and fabulous! I started intuitively eating (the best I could) in April and I have to say that it has really relieved a lot of the stress associated with healthy living and eating. I LOVE food and food is on my mind A LOT, but now I just eat when I’m hungry instead of stressing to “plan” my eating schedule. Some days when I wake up I can tell that I’m going to be hungrier that day, so I pack 2 more snacks. Other days, I’m not hungry at all and that’s okay. I have found, though, that since becoming a vegetarian, I eat more often. BUT I’ve also learned how to prepare for my days though :) Save me from getting hangry because then everyone else’s day will be ruined…diva style ;)

  31. Carly, I am currently recovering from disordered eating patterns. I have struggled with anorexia, bulimia, and binging. For years I believed that diet and exercise was the way to go and if I could just get that down I would reach my potential as a human being and life would be wonderful. It is so false!! I continued to feel inadequate even when I hit my goal hence, the anorexia. I have sworn off all forms of dieting as people do not keep weight off with diets nor will you be any happier when you are thinner. Two books I’d like to recommend that you read (over Thanksgiving break or something). “Thin” by Josie Spinardi and “Women, food, and God.” by Geneen Roth. The first one is a presentation of intuitive eating from someone who understands the desire to sit down and consume entire boxes of snack cakes. The second one addresses the emotional issues. This book completed the puzzle for me. Three things I want to leave you with here.

    1. You are beautiful inside and out. Your family loves you because of your innate qualities such as your warmth, energy (I can see this from your blog), and humor (you are freaking hilarious). You could gain 200 lbs and your family would love you just as much as they do now.

    2. The real change happens when you TRULY believe that you are enough. You are not your damn accomplishements or your weight/appearance.

    3. You are aware of the truth that losing weight/weighing less does not make you happy. The high of meeting a goal wears off and you are just left with you, imperfections and all. Don’t buy into the mirage that you will be happier when you lose weight. It is a fucking lie.

    I am 26 years old and am thankful for the craziness of my food/internal issues because it forced me to re-evaluate how I live my life and I have found true joy in life. As a 19 or 20 (I’m guessing, sorry) woman you have more insight and are “getting it” more than most women in their 50′s!

    Thank you for your blog. You have given me many laughs and your transparency is appreciated.
    Oh, and another great blog to look is galadarling (this is not mine or anyone I know) if you have not already seen it.

  32. Carly, a few years back I struggled with anorexia, I measured everything, I counted calories religiously, I weighed myself at least three times a day, you know the drill. Recently my nutritionist recommended I look into intuitive eating, I am struggling with it for sure. It is hard to let go of the control, and it has led to some binging and weight gain. But your blog and this post in particular has helped a lot, you are awesome!

    • It’s definitely hard to let go of that control, and at the beginning of eating intuitively, I had a few binges and overate a lot. But eventually that all went away! Trust yourself and trust your body. You’re amazing for even taking the plunge into IE!

  33. I think trust is one of the biggest reasons I’ve struggled with intuitive eating. I’m always fearful that I’ll go nuts on the peanut butter jar or cereal box. Surprisingly I tend to do this in my ‘restrictive’ mode so I need to just take the step, stop calorie counting and move towards intuitive eating and TRUSTING myself.

  34. How did I not know you had done the IE Challenge before? I am with you on everything you said here! I’m still not 100% comfortable in my relationship with food (the occasional binges always bring down my confidence a bit) but I’m getting there. Honestly, most days I feel completely “normal” around food…it’s only when I can’t sleep (fuck you insomnia!) that I always seem to find myself seeking comfort in bags of cereal and jars of nut butter. I just want you to know that you are SUCH an inspiration for me! If you can do it, so can I! xoxo

  35. You’re story is so much like mine (and many others I’m sure!). Thank you for sharing it; it’s always nice to know there’s other people out there with similar issues… That you are not alone (or crazy) for having this kind of unhealthy relationship with food and exercise.

    I too have attempted diet after diet only to deprive myself, then binge on “unhealthy” foods later. I started in High School as well; I did the HCG diet, where you feed your body the pregnancy hormone HCG to “make it feel full” and then eat a whopping 500 calories a day for three weeks (Oh first you’re required to eat as much greasy, sugary foods as possible for 3 days…). That was my first glance at healthy eating… I did this diet with my mother (who weighed the same as me, so I felt obligated to do it). Then, I continued to not eat carbs after it was over (or as little as possible). I would feel terrible about myself if I ate over 1,000 calories a day. I would workout at the gym and do classes, (and train for a marathon at one point), all while trying to stay under 1,000 calories.I, like you, also got terribly ill because of it.

    At one point I even got my personal training certificate thinking that it would help me get the perfect body I had always wanted while helping others do so as well. When I still wasn’t satisfied, I tried dieting again KNOWING it was yo-yo dieting and could damage my metabolism. I felt like a hypocrite. How could I be a personal trainer if I hated my own body? Because of this, I spent my entire summer doing the Ideal Protein. I almost became a coach for it, but something felt terribly wrong about the entire thing, so I decided against it.

    I cannot believe how similar our stories are; I would diet then binge; I would overeat until I was sick and hate myself. After this diet I went to an all inclusive resort in Mexico and loathed myself every time I ate anything. I kept thinking, I’ll work it off later… I have to… I remember at the beginning of the trip I took a “before” picture telling my boyfriend to remember how I looked before the food ruined my body (like 6 days will do this?)

    Lucky for me, this semester in school I came across the book “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan. This book changed the way I look at food and brought up the idea of eating like our ancestors do, or in other words, eating mindfully and enjoying our food. The idea was radical, but I decided to give it a try. I too knew my obsession with diet and exercise was unhealthy and I was desperate.

    Then, in my obesity and weight management class we came across studies about mindful/intuitive eating, further reassuring me that I should continue this trend of mindful eating. I actually found myself losing a couple pounds, working out less, stressing less, and enjoying my family and friends more. I was no longer scared about the occasional drink with friends or the family get together where I had to awkwardly avoid “bad” foods at all cost with any excuse possible.

    Since I began mindful/intuitive eating I feel as though I enjoy my workouts more (even though they happen a little less often). They are not a punishment for eating, but rather a break from real life–a time to enjoy myself.

    Enough of the long-winded “I’m just like you” rant (sorry, it was exciting to read this story and see the similarities)…

    The flaw I felt about mindful/intuitive eating is that I feel it can only work if one is educated about the “foods” they eat, as most “foods” today are so highly processed they can hardly be called foods at all. I feel as though the diets I attempted taught me that “healthy” foods (such as fruits and vegetables that I would rarely eat) are delicious too; it caused me to eat foods that I otherwise never would have tried. For this reason, I feel that it is highly beneficial for people who are new to health/nutrition to see a certified nutritionist along with mindful eating, for in that way they will learn how to eat in a society where eating “food” is not as simple as it seems. With a nutritionist help, people can listen to their bodies and cravings and reach for foods that will actually satisfy them– foods they might have otherwise never tried–without the guilt.

    Of course they, like me, will occasionally eat some crappy, delicious processed foods as well; but they might not want it as often as they think.

    If you read this far, I thank you yet again. I don’t read blogs very often, but I truly appreciated hearing your story.

    -Jacie

    • Jacie,

      Thank you so much for your comment. It really does mean a lot. I think an astounding amount of people have journeys similar to ours — it’s a sad thought, but also a comforting one, because we aren’t alone in these struggles!

      I am so happy that you’ve found intuitive eating and that you’re in a much better place than you used to be. It’s just the most freeing feeling. I agree that it’s important to be educated, but not obsessive. Health is still important! I think that our bodies will naturally crave (mostly) healthy foods once we take away that restriction.

      Again, thanks for reading!

      xo,

      Carly

  36. What does Jamie’s program recommend for those who struggle with hunger/fullness cues? This is my biggest struggle with intuitive eating after ED recovery, and I always feel like I’m going to eat the “wrong” amount. Or is the whole point that there is no right or wrongs? Thanks! Enjoyed your post :-)

  37. The links to the challenge are broken – what is it? I am very interested…

  38. Wow what a great story with an inspiring end :) I am just clicking through your Feb Fav posts! Your blog is seriously fabulous and you should be writing for Glamour mag or the like.
    Intuitive eating..I’ve been thinking about this lately.. I have never struggled with very disordered eating.. but since starting a 9-5 lifestyle my body changed a little bit..although to me A TON. I used to exercise because I liked it and eat healthy/”indulge” (kinda hate that term) with natural balance. I maintained a body I was mostly Very happy with. A bit older and few desk jobs later, other life changes, grown up stress etc, and I prob gained, I dunno 5-10 pounds (depending on the day!) btwn ages 23-27. And kinda flipped my shit about it. For the first time ever started reading about diets, calculating my BMR, etc etc… And came to realize why people hate dieting so much!! I’m starting to realize how stupid it is to care about losing 10 pounds. About wearing size 2 or 4 pants. What a waste of my life that is.. how NOBODY cares about it or thinks I’m getting obese like I do. And how diets just don’t work. Actually as I eased up on forcing myself to workout while exhausted and eating salad every meal only to eat half a box of cereal before bed… I’ve noticed dropping 1 or 2 pounds. Maybe because I am not so stressed. Maybe because I’m not restricting myself to certain amounts of certain foods… and just trying to be a normal human!! I hate that women feel this pressure and we let it happen to ourselves. Anyways, loved reading this and will continue to follow your journey!

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