THANKSGIVING DAY VICTORY

I did it.  It was my first Thanksgiving since embracing Intuitive Eating and, though I was petrified because I have never been able to not overeat at Thanksgiving, I was optimistic.  I hoped that with the proper preparation, I would be able to enjoy Thanksgiving for what it was—a holiday to celebrate family, enjoy food, […]

OF CANDY CORNS AND ELIZABETH SMART

THE HISTORY The midafternoon sun is devilishly misleading, for its bright rays beckon warmth when it is really the crisp autumn air that regulates the chill in the air and wafts with cinnamon and apple.  The delicious smells spin in tendrils of steam from the crack of an opened kitchen window.  But the window is […]

HOLIDAY BILL OF RIGHTS

The holidays can sometimes be a challenging time for a variety of reasons—loss, especially of loved ones, stress, financial strain, and for me, an abundance of triggers, binging, and empty promises of new diets.  However, the holidays also bring some of the most special, spiritually strengthening, and unifying times of my life.  And yet, for […]

VICTORY–CHOCOLATE BECOMES PEACH

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 […]

TRUTH AND FEAR

When reading the “Reject the Diet Mentality” chapter, the following TRUTHS were the hardest for me to accept: 1.    One time of overeating does not need to result in bingeing for the rest of the day.  Whenever I made eating “mistakes” or flouted the dieting rules or my own rigorous eating rules or overate, I would […]