Wondering ‘how much to eat’ or ‘have you eaten enough’ will continue to puzzle you beyond (frustrating) belief as long as you’re attempting to control your weight (aka dieting).
Meaning attempts at trying to control your weight will render you confused, struggling and feeling ‘out of control’ around food NOT clear, conscious and intuitive (which is what’s needed if you’re going to give yourself any success at getting the ‘how much do I eat’ and ‘have I eaten enough’ questions ‘right’)
Let’s be real: Intuitive and mindful eating can not exist when and where there’s an undercurrent of control, fear and threat – threat that if you ‘slip up’ or make a ‘mistake’ that all hell will break loose.
Understanding what your body needs and how much it needs is a present moment task. Which means it will so rarely be ‘solved’ in the long run with pre planned ‘food control’ (i.e. meal planners and ready made diet meals) its validity is statistically insignificant.
Understanding what your body needs and how much it needs rests in you trusting your body – trusting what it’s communicating to you without judgement….(which may well be to eat the cake because the cake looks delicious).
It involves approaching food with ‘no judgement’ – knowing that judgement in and of itself isn’t a predictor for dietary success (in fact it’s a predictor for feeling shameful, ‘sinful’ and ‘out of control’ around food).
Having the confidence to let your food be ‘where it wants to be’ involves understanding that the complicated biology, psychology, neurology etc that ‘rules’ your body is in a large part, out of your control.
While you might think trying to go up against your body to override its instinctual desires is ‘possible’, and possibly even a game you can learn to ‘win’, restriction (aka dieting) is the thorn in almost every ‘wanna be’ intuitive and mindful eaters side.
Because truth be told every time you attempt to control your food you only make trying to understand your body just that much more puzzling.
Those people who find a way to make intuitive and mindful eating a practice are those who understand that where there is control there is no intuition.
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….Just a few things to think about this week.