Challenge the Food Police!

food policeWant off the dieting chain gang???? Challenge the Food Police!!

The 4th Principle of Intuitive Eating is to stop the voices in your head (the “Food Police”) that tell you that you are “good” for eating a certain way and “bad” for eating another way.

The Food Police monitor the collection of rules that you have created as you have gone on and off diets. As soon as you’d like to enjoy a piece of birthday cake or reach for a cookie, you’ll hear the Food Police spit out negative comments, hopeless indictments and guilt-provoking criticisms. 

There is no morality tied to nourishing your body a certain way or to enjoying the taste of food!!!

You are not good if you stay on a diet and bad if you fall off.

You are not “better” when you weigh less or “worse” when you are heavier.

The way you eat is not a reflection of your worth.

The irony of the Food Police is that the intent of all the policing is to keep us from eating certain foods. The reality is, the deprivation we feel when we don’t eat what we want (and the guilt and shame we feel when we go against the Police and do) only drive us to eat more!

Silencing the relentless Food Police is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.

Respecting Your Fullness

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To respect your fullness means to listen for the signs your body sends you when it’s satisfied, approaching fullness and full — and to make decisions about whether to stop eating taking this information into account.

When you eat, start observing your body’s signals that tell you you’ve had enough. If this doesn’t come naturally to you yet it’s to be expected. You may simply need to pause in the middle of a meal and ask yourself if you are still hungry or if you could happily stop eating for the time being.

If you have rejected the diet mentality, have stopped depriving yourself of your favorite foods, are eating when you are hungry and are learning to eat what you want when you want it without apology, you will find that your body will tell you exactly when it’s had enough – if you will listen.

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