Have You Been Incarcerated By 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.

Intuitive Eating – Respect Your Fullness: How to Stop Eating When You Are Full

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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, don’t worry. 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.

Eatuitive – Intuitive Eating Blog

Hi. I’m Kris Pina. I created Eatuitive and this blog to share what I’ve learned about dieting, weight loss, body image, eating disorders and non-diet approaches to weight management and health. I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, an EDIT™ Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Therpist, a Body Type Practical Nutritionist, and a Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach. Additionally, I am a member of the Central Texas Eating Disorders Specialists (CTEDS), the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and a supporter of the Health at Every Size (HAES) movement.

But please, if you are going to trust me, don’t do it just because of my credentials. Trust me because I spent over 30 years dieting and struggling with disordered eating before learning that the way to get to (and stay at) a healthy weight and to live a life free of body obsession, restriction, and unhealthy weight fluctuations is by not cutting calories, carbs or fats or even by cutting sugar, grains or gluten out of your diet. Believe it or not, managing your weight is not about trying to control or cut out anything! In fact, it’s mostly about letting go of control and letting your body do what it’s beautifully designed to do if left to its own devices…to keep you at a perfectly healthy weight!

So, are you ready to give a non-diet lifestyle a try? I hope so because I am truly excited to welcome you, and I look forward to helping you find freedom from dieting, disordered eating, food-related health issues, body shame, and weight obsession.

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