Blogs About 'Intuitive Eating'

20 Ways To Set Yourself Free From Dieting

 “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” — Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai — Now that the holidays are over you may be feeling bad about how much or what you ate. You may be thinking “I fell off the wagon” or “I need to get back on track”. You might be considering going on a diet or starting a 30-day elimination challenge. Hopefully you are not considering this, but just...

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A Holiday Eating Plan (NOT a Holiday Diet Plan)

The holidays are approaching. This is a time to relax and connect with friends and family. Yet this time also comes with stress and anxiety. The December holiday season can be a difficult time for people. It’s a busy time. Working with clients over the years, I have seen that most feel really anxious about food and social events over the holidays. For those of us with food and body image challenges, holidays can be even more difficult. The rushing and shopping, the social events, the focus on food...

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10 Steps To Conquer A Buffet Meal With Joy And Delight

In my dieting days I had such mixed feelings about buffets. On the one hand they would terrify me – the choice, the desserts, will people judge me if I go back for seconds? And on the other hand I was thrilled by the abundance and choice. I was excited at the anticipation of tasting delicious food! Before becoming a coach, I worked in tourism and was privileged to travel extensively, staying in beautiful safari lodges and luxurious hotels where the buffets were lavish with a mesmerising display...

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The Dangers of Dieting

My dieting days began at the age of 12, a typical age for young girls to go on their first diet. This was the beginning of about 30 years of dysfunctional eating, food obsession and negative body image. Weight Watchers now rebranded as WW have launched a new dieting app for young children. If you want to read more about this, fellow intuitive eating counsellor Christy Harrison writes about it in great detail for the New York Times. Whilst I am grateful for my struggle with food and dieting...

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What Will It Take to Accept Ourselves?

“Accepting yourself is about respecting yourself. It’s about honouring yourself right now, here today. In this moment. Not just who you could become somewhere down the line” – Kris Carr – Most of us are conditioned to believe that we constantly need to be achieving, acquiring and aspiring in order to feel worthy and acceptable. We have expectations that drive us to strive and struggle. It’s never enough.  In this hustle for acceptance from others, we exhaust ourselves through the...

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Stop the Food Madness: How to Do It Bite by Bite

Changing your relationship to food can be really difficult especially if you have had a turbulent history of dieting and restriction. Diets are a quick but not sustainable “fix”. In fact, diets are the culprit to creating a difficult relationship to food. The very thing we have been taught to turn to is what is keeping us stuck. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein — Focusing on weight loss and food restriction perpetuates...

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What Do You Say About Food?

“Unless you stole the food or killed the chef, there is no place for morality or guilt in eating” — Evelyn Tribole — Words are powerful. How we speak matters. The words we choose to use to describe our food have an effect on our relationship with food and on our relationship with ourselves. How familiar are these statements? You’ve probably heard them hundreds of times without even thinking. “I should probably order the salad but I am really tempted by the pasta” “I had...

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Dieting vs. Mindful Eating: Know The Difference

I must confess, I am not a big fan of January. It’s simply too hectic and there’s too much pressure to make this “your best year yet”. January is full of diet talk of going Keto, giving up carbs and sugar. I find it tedious. One of the reasons I like January this year is we are celebrating World Mindful Eating Month. Come visit us on Facebook – we have a lively discussion going on the benefits of Mindful Eating. People are becoming more aware of Mindful Eating and I see the term used...

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Food Freedom Is Possible

I turned 50 this year. It also happens to be the year I feel the most relaxed and at peace with food and eating that I ever have felt. More than half my life was spent in a constant battle with food. From the age of 13, I was on and off various diets. Hating my body no matter my size and obsessing about being thinner. My life was a series of diets – I was either on one or off one and when I was off a diet it was one big binge. I spent so many years out of control with my eating and miserable with...

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Are You Physically Hungry or Are You Emotionally Hungry?

When I started to change my relationship with food and eating, it was very hard for me to tell the difference between stomach hunger and emotional hunger. Every time I felt anything in my belly I interpreted it as the need to eat. It can be quite tricky to tell the difference at times because the hollow feeling in your stomach from hunger can be similar to the empty feeling of sadness or loneliness. The cramps or constrictions in our belly from anxiety are similar to the contractions of stomach hunger....

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Binge Eating: 5 Reasons We Binge & What To Do About It

I used to feel such debilitating shame and guilt every time I binged. I believed that I had zero willpower. I believed that I was weak and that I had no control. I also believed that all I needed to do, to sort myself out was to exercise more discipline. After a binge-eating episode, I would punish and starve myself to make up for it. The running commentary in my head was “You’re hopeless, why can’t you just stick to this eating plan – how hard can it be!” I felt so deprived most...

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The Long & Bumpy Path To Peace With Food

Many of my clients ask me about my experience in ending a 27 year long diet roller coaster ride and setting sail in the unchartered waters of Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating is a set of principles and a process that helps you recover from dieting and craziness around food. I was a chronic dieter, losing and gaining weight every year for 27 years. When I discovered the non-diet approach it was like winning the lotto. I loved the idea of giving myself unconditional permission to eat what I want....

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Give Yourself Unconditional Permission To Eat What You Want!

WHAT??? Y.E.S. Anything you want. This is Principle 3 “Make Peace with Food” in the book Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. If you haven’t read the book and you want to change your relationship with food, I highly recommend it. What does this principle actually mean? It means: No more forbidden foods. No more restriction. No more good foods / bad foods. Take away the food rules. Remove guilt and deprivation. Eating what you really want. No more...

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10 Myths About Dieting, Food and Our Bodies

I am reading Beyond a Shadow of a Diet by Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel and it’s probably one of the best books on the non-diet approach I have read in a while. I can highly recommended it if you want to go deep into our relationship with dieting, food and our bodies. In the book Matz and Frankel give a list of diet myths,  I am going to share them with you in this week’s blog. Myth 1: Dieting is a good way for people to lose weight It’s absolutely not! In fact 95% of people...

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Do You Have A Healthy Relationship With Food?

When we think about our relationship with food, we tend to focus on WHAT we are eating. A healthy relationship with food is not just about what we eat but also WHY and WHEN and HOW we eat. The main causes of an unhealthy relationship with food are: Diets, restrictive eating and choosing to eliminate food groups for non-health reasons. Body dissatisfaction and negative body image. Emotions – from trauma to stress to mild emotional discomfort. Physical discomfort and pain. Environmental...

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Dieting versus Mindful Eating

Mindfulness is a buzzword. Mindfulness is applied to stress, depression, anxiety, illness and eating.  And there are many interpretations of Mindful Eating. When I tell people I am a Mindful Eating Coach they often say they don’t eat “mindfully” at all, implying healthily. But mindful eating isn’t just about WHAT we eat, WHERE we eat, it is also about WHY we eat, HOW we eat and WHAT is going on for us while we eat. Traditionally, when people have eating challenges they turn to dieting...

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Why Do We Overeat?

I spent this weekend away in one of the most beautiful parts of the Little Karoo, a charming town called Montagu (famous for its nuts, fruit and wine). The highlight of the trip was a unique bicycle ride called L’Eroica. On the flight home I was reflecting on the fair amount of mindless eating I did and how easy it is to go unconscious around food, even when you work with mindful eating every day! I am a bit of an anxious flyer, so I decided to spend the time in the air writing on what triggers...

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How To Survive The Holidays

Food, Family, Friends and Frivolities: The Full Catastrophe! "Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light. From now on our troubles will be out of sight. Have yourself a merry little Christmas make the yuletide gay. From now on our troubles will be miles away” — Frank Sinatra — The holidays and Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year, with the promise of good cheer, peace and togetherness but so often this time of the year ends in irritation, conflict...

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