You're not alone

Have you ever felt like you’re the only one at the party obsessing over the dessert tray or trying to grab a couple more pieces of cheese without anyone noticing? Or the only one who goes home after a long day of work and eats huge quantities of food because that’s the only way you can seem to find comfort? Or the only one who starts new diets every Monday morning only to have completely fallen off the wagon by Tuesday night?

Why am I struggling with this weird food problem and everyone else seems to be fine?

I would like to assure you that you are not alone...not by a long shot.

You look around and see so many people who seem to be eating normally, so it feels like you have a special problem. But the truth is that many of us are struggling with food and our bodies. Sometimes it’s not obvious (especially if a person’s body is within an “acceptable” weight range), but it’s a very common problem.

People don’t always talk about it because it feels so shameful. The burden of being fat or gluttonous is very heavy in this culture (pardon the pun). It was a real shock when I realized I would actually rather be anorexic (highest mortality rate!) than a binge eater, because the shame of overeating was so unbearable.

People keep returning to dieting time after time, hoping that they will finally succeed or get motivated enough to lose weight and keep it off. We think the key to freedom is changing our shape. Hating our bodies and trying to change them has become normal -- even a rite of passage for women in this culture.

We have become completely disconnected from ourselves in the pursuit of the ideal body. By dieting and listening to “experts” and trying to follow whatever health rules are en vogue, we forgot how to take care of ourselves. The truth is that our bodies know how to tell us how much and what to eat to stay healthy.

The bottom line is that it is not normal to struggle with food. This is a new problem, but unfortunately it’s become incredibly common. You are not alone.

We live in a time when there is a rapidly growing awareness of the need to start listening to our bodies again and end this pointless cycle of dieting. Intuitive Eating is the way to return to our natural eating patterns and learn to respect our bodies again.

If you’re ready for Intuitive Eating, you can feel it. If you’ve been just trying to keep your head above water and not really living your life, Intuitive Eating is your life preserver.

You know if you’re ready to be done with worrying about what to eat, fretting about how “good” you will be each day, and stressing over the scale.

We’ve been programmed to believe that the only key to happiness is through physical change, but it’s a lie. Real happiness lies in self-acceptance and the mental shift that allows you to trust your body again and listen to your intuition. It is true freedom to no longer be a slave to the scale or have each meal cause a war in your head. Deep, authentic happiness is your reward for making a change.

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