If you have been reading this blog – and I hope you have been – you know that for the past few weeks I have been reviewing the 10 Principle of Intuitive Eating, as outlined in the book, “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole, M.S, R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D.
Today I want to write about the third principle which is Make Peace With Food.
Make Peace With Food
Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing. When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity that it usually results in Last Supper overeating and overwhelming guilt.
It would be a lie if I said that I had no idea that I was at war with food. There have been times when I have actually uttered the words, “I hate food” when what I really meant was “I hate the food choices I am making and the way these choices are making me feel.” So my question is, how do food and I become friends again?
To find the answers, I asked the experts – friends and family members. They have known food all of their lives. Some have positive relationships with food while others view food as an untrustworthy co-conspirator. Here is what they had to say when asked, “What do you do to make peace with food?”
- “I surround myself with food. I grow a garden, have several fruit trees, have pots of herbs that I grow in my kitchen and I even have a lemon tree in my front room. The sights and smells of fresh food are all around me, constantly. They remind me of how lovely food is” – A.T.
- “I cook. Cooking all of our meals, which includes choosing the ingredients from the store or farmers markets, gives me a closer relationship with my food.” – L.F.
- “I eat only local or regionally raised food. I know where my chicken is raised and by who. I know where my beets are grown and my apple cider is pressed. I think eating local food – including honey – has made my immune system stronger. Knowing where my food comes from gives me a better appreciation for food.” – B.
- “I keep my pantry stocked with bulk foods and I shop for fresh foods each day. When I find myself feeling hungry, it is easier to make good, healthy choices when I surround myself with the foods that I love.” – L.L.
- “When I am really craving a certain food, I go ahead and give myself permission to eat it. It goes against everything I have learned throughout my years of dieting but I find that if I just give in and have that chocolate truffle then I won’t go home and eat an entire bad of chocolate mint cookies instead.” – A.P.