WARNING | This post is about to get REAL. I get extremely authentic & honest about my food journey revealing some personal info to Wonderland for the first time. And who better to bring out raw emotional honesty than Isabel Foxen Duke. Emotional freedom from food extraordinaire and coach, Isabel stopped by Wonderland to shed light on real techniques on how to release toxic relationships to food. Most of us have become lint rollers picking up some pretty nasty thought patterns around food, whether we realize it or not. I challenge you to own it!
The first step to freedom from emotional attachment to food and becoming what Ellyn Satter calls a ‘normal eater’ is to get honest about where you are. In this conversation we’ll help you figure out exactly where that is. The goal is this: Ellen’s definition of normal eating. Isabel reads this in our chat, but here it is written out below:
“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful. Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be undereating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.
In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings.”
Hmm.. pretty interesting right? & that’s not even the best line of this Podcast, so listen to the whole thing, it’s really eye opening, juicy, & your want to listen multiple times to really let is soak in. Here was my favorite line, but you listen , find your own, and tell me in the comments below what resonated most with you.