How do I fully let go?? {Episode 95}

Have you finally found food freedom with intuitive eating, but are now struggling with the difficult emotions that used to be managed with food? Listen now for some relief from this food peace conundrum.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Intuitive eating can feel SO freeing and exciting, but it also can be tough and SUPER scary!
  • Can you sit with the uncomfortable emotions that come up during the intuitive eating process?
  • Emotional eating is a part of normal eating!! The problem is when food is the ONLY method we have to soothe hard feelings.
  • Part of the food peace journey is moving away from diet culture.
  • Give yourself unconditional permission to eat, and unconditional permission to eat food emotionally!
  • Our world hasn’t recovered from it’s own eating disorder yet, and that means that food peace can feel really, really hard.
  • We need more fat positivity in our world. Exploring more body image resources can help mitigate the hard feelings that come up in the food peace journey.
  • Intuitive eating takes TIME. Give yourself some patience and compassion, and know that you’re going to get there eventually.
  • Immerse yourself in recovery… jump all in!! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat, and unconditional permission to let your body be where it needs to be.
  • ALL of our bodies will change throughout our lives, so we need to make peace with our body no matter what it looks like at any one time.
  • You can’t experience recovery until you’re ALL IN! Surround yourself with other food peace and body acceptance warriors to support your journey.

Show Notes:

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I can’t love my body at this weight. {Ep 91}

If you make peace with food correctly, will you lose weight? Have you gained weight with intuitive eating so think you are doing it wrong? Or, that it isn’t working? Does going back on a diet feel tempting due to these body changes, even though you know it ultimately isn’t the right path for you? Listen now to hear my tips on how to grapple with this food peace struggle.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Some diets are diets in disguise! They pretend to be non-diets, but they still focus on weight loss and tell us that certain foods are good or bad. Even intuitive eating has been co-opted by the diet industry!
  • Intuitive eating can result in weight loss, weight gain, or sustaining our weight… intuitive eating is not about the weight!! It’s about experiencing health, and letting the weight fall where it may. So if you see someone promoting intuitive eating as a weight loss solution, know that this is a diet in disguise, and not a part of true intuitive eating! Instead, this is a part of diet culture.
  • Our weight will ALWAYS change!!
  • We can’t love ourselves thin.
  • Emotional eating and binge eating does NOT mean that we hate our bodies!
  • Emotional eating and binge eating are a COPING responses… if there was more permission for our bodies to be whatever size they needed to be, there would probably be less binge and emotional eating.
  • If we eliminated dieting and a fatphobic society, binge eating and emotional eating wouldn’t feel as out of control!
  • Be careful who’s advice you take in the intuitive eating world!! Not everyone who claims to be teaching intuitive eating has done the proper training.
  • Only our body knows how much we’re meant to weight, and the more we diet and experience weight cycling, the heavier we get.
  • 95% of people regain weight after each diet, and a third to a half of those individuals will regain MORE weight than they lost… making us ultimately heavier. Weight cycling also results in a reduced metabolism.
  • Intuitive eating and the healing process are NOT at fault for weight gain! Instead, it’s the fault of the initial diet, as well as our natural set point.
  • Work towards body neutrality by acknowledging the fatphobia in our society.
  • Fatphobia moves us away from health!!

Show Notes:

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Intuitive eating never works for me. {Ep 86 with Evelyn Tribole}


Have you tried to move away from dieting, but in doing so have started to feel out of control? Are you worried about “letting yourself go?” Do you feel like intuitive eating will just never work for you? Listen now for some thoughts on how to move forward.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Diets cause the chaos, and it’s not your fault that moving away from them is so hard!
  • Body positivity doesn’t need to be associated with “letting yourself go” or being overfull! This overfull feeling has to do with DIETING, not body positivity.
  • Evelyn Tribole joins to help us tackle these intuitive eating struggles!!
  • Dealing with overeating when you first start exploring intuitive eating is a common struggle, and it can definitely be worked through! There’s lots of solutions here.
  • The diet industry makes us feel like we’re one bite away from poor health.
  • Remember that the process of intuitive eating and making peace with food is one of discovery and curiosity… there is no way to do it right or wrong!
  • We must connect with the body and become the expert of what own bodies need when we delve into intuitive eating. Clue into what you’re experiencing in your body, rather than in your mind.
  • You can’t make a mistake in intuitive eating! All bumps in the road are a part of the learning process. If you feel overfull, you haven’t done anything wrong! Just explore the experience and discover what is within it.
  • Trust the body, rather than pushing prescriptive rules and decisions. Our bodies have been silenced, and intuitive eating gives them a voice!
  • Interceptive awareness: the ability to perceive the feelings that arise in the body, both physical and emotional (all emotional feelings have a physical response!). Tapping into these feelings can help you get your needs met.
  • How do we move from shame or guilt to curiosity? Pause, and figure out what belief system we believe we’ve violated. Write down the thoughts and rules that we believe we are breaking.
  • Belief systems take a while to break down!
  • Treat your body as an experiment! Allow intuitive eating to guide you to become an expert of your body again.
  • Surround yourself with resources that promote self-kindness!!
  • Intuitive eating research is strong. There is a body of evidence that shows intuitive eating is health promoting!
  • Intuitive eating is getting more popular in the media… but most main news sites that cover intuitive eating focus on permission to eat, and forget about the rest of the 10 principles. We have to make sure that when people learn about intuitive eating, they learn about what it truly is in its totality!
  • When we take away the guilt and judgment around eating, we make room for satisfaction.
  • You are NOT alone!
  • The steps out of this tug-of-war will be challenging, but they will be worth it.

Show Notes:

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I can’t control what I eat. {Ep 085}


Have you been struggling with a complicated relationship with food for many years? Do you feel anger with your experience, and resentment towards food? Listen now to hear some experiments to resolve this food peace issue.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Recovering from an eating disorder is SO different than recovery from an addiction… we NEED food! So how do we figure out how to navigate something that we struggle with, but that we have to engage with on a daily basis?
  • When we struggle with an eating disorder, food becomes the central focus of the brain. When we pursue recovery, it’s no wonder that food is still on our minds! We have to retrain our brain, and rewire it so that over time, it stops obsessing over the food.
  • Lean into the resentment, anger, and exhaustion! These emotions are present for a reason. Ask yourself, who DESERVES this resentment and anger? This resentment and anger should be directed at our cultural expectations for the human body and for womanhood.
  • Food is there to NOURISH us, not punish us.
  • Recovery from an eating disorder is HARD WORK, and it’s made harder by the fact that our culture still needs to recover from its own eating disorder. You keep getting mixed messages!
  • We HAVE to feel our feelings, and examine them to figure out what their messages are for us… otherwise they’ll keep resurfacing.
  • Even when things feel hard, remember that you are STILL moving forward.
  • Work with a therapist to help you muddle through this stage!
  • Some practical advice: keep some easy, low-prep, go-to foods on hand at all times! Use these foods when you need a break, but you still want to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need.
  • Food’s important, but it’s not everything. It doesn’t have to always be the most pleasurable or nourishing experience… it can just be food!
  • Food might become boring. That’s normal! Try to schedule a meal or snack once a week that you eat with someone else to help support you through this stage.
  • Food is a connector!
  • Food is not supposed to be thought about all the time. Instead, it’s a part of our lives, and our relationships should be taking central focus.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

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I can’t get rid of the urge to binge eat {Ep 084 with Isabel Foxen Duke}

Do you feel like you’ve done everything to tackle your struggle with binge eating? Is there a constant battle in your head over cravings? Listen now to hear some solutions on how to overcome this food peace struggle.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • The recovery process is NOT linear, and it takes TIME.
  • Isabel Foxen Duke joins to talk about dieting, bingeing, and more!
  • Physical restriction is NOT THE SAME as emotional and psychological restriction… even if you’re eating “enough,” bingeing can still occur if you feel mental restriction. Diet mentality is the bigger thing to break down when trying to break free from bingeing!
  • Cravings are neutral things!! We don’t need to feel shame about them.
  • Emotional eating and binge eating are two different things! Emotional eating is when we eat something in order to make ourselves feel better. It’s a coping mechanism to distract, comfort, soothe or avoid a feeling. Binge eating, on the other hand, is a reaction to the diet mentality. Isabel calls is reactionary eating! For example, when you tell yourself you can’t have “x” food, all you want is “x” food, and then it results in a binge.
  • Food is never black and white!
  • Just because we think we’re eating “enough,” we actually may not be because we live in a restrictive, diet-culture world.
  • Diet mentality tells us that there’s a right and wrong way to eat. Giving up dieting is giving up an attitude around food that categorizes certain food behaviors as safe and others as unsafe.
  • “The Don’t Binge Eat Diet:” when you’re desperately trying to avoid and overcome the urge to binge, which only perpetuates a binge. Think about a bow and arrow… the farther back you pull the bow and the more tension your build, the farther that bow will fly in the other direction when you inevitably let go!
  • There’s NOTHING wrong with emotional eating!! The only reason why people fear emotional eating is because we fear getting fat.
  • Emotional eating turns into a binge when we decide that the action we’re doing is not okay and feel shameful about it.
  • Quitting dieting doesn’t just mean you’ve put down the calorie counts and the weight loss goals… it means we leave behind the “right” and “wrong” with food.
  • When we struggle with food, we have to ask, where is the restriction happening?? Where is the diet mentality hiding?
  • Not dieting is a physical AND emotional issue! 90% of recovering from dieting is about the diet mentality and diet attitudes, and only 10% of it is about the physical.
  • If you are clinging to ANY kind of wagon, you will inevitably fall off!
  • Permission to binge is step one!!
  • It’s time to overcome emotional restriction.
  • You have permission to be where you are right now, and to meet your needs in however you need to.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

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