In the book “Intuitive Eating,” the authors comment on several occasions that if the principle of Unconditional Permission to Eat is embraced, then soon enough chocolate will have the same connotation and satisfaction as a peach. I kept reading that idea thinking that it was never going to be that way for me because I love chocolate.
However, I am here to testify that I was wrong. I love chocolate and always will, but I no longer feel that there is some parasite sitting in my belly demanding to be fed chocolate. I no longer feel the need to eat a whole package of oreos or have five brownies. I am satisfied with just one brownie and a couple of oreos with milk. I used to want chocolate all the time, or at least, after every meal. Now, I am satisfied with chocolate once a day, or sometimes even less! And the best part about it is that I do not feel deprived of chocolate. I am not restricting myself at all. I truly know that if I want chocolate, I can have it, but I just don’t want it all the time.
How did this happen, you may ask? Well, there has been no magic switch or button, and even though I only noticed it, it certainly didn’t happen in one day. This whole process of Intuitive Eating and therapy has given me the chance to reconnect with my body and my body does not need or want chocolate all the time. I cannot point to one specific principle and tell you that if you follow that specific one, then you will think chocolate is the same as a peach too. There are no shortcuts. But I do know that this IE process has been really difficult and yet so rewarding. When I started, I could not have imagined that I would really be at the point I am today, but it is possible, for me, AND for you!