During the month of April I took part in a 21 day Intuitive Eating Challenge
Intuitive Eating, learning to love yourself right where you are. Eating what feels good, what sounds good. Silencing the voices of society. Silencing the magazines that scream this food will fight your belly fat. This food will pack on pounds. Rather eating what you are hungry for, what you want, and stopping when your full. No longer feeling guilty, no longer holding yourself back from enjoying something but rather indulging in the goodness that is food and no longer being chained by its entangling effects.
I was both excited and anxious for this journey. Most of all I was excited to rediscover my relationship with food that was not bound to pre conceived notions about what a specific food may or may not give me. Admitting my own broken relationship with food was hard. But it was time to do something about it. I was constantly thinking about what I can and cannot have….”Have I eaten enough vegetables? Have I had too many carbohydrates? Oops cant have that piece of cake it is had too many calories.”
I was ready to be free. To gain freedom from the lies that tell me who I should and should not be, but rather be totally and completely in love with my own skin.
So now that it is complete and I have spent some time learning more about myself I am ready to share.
How did it work you may ask? Each was given a charge or a task about how to pursue intuitive eating. The challenge sent each day was a new message to my email that I was to try and accomplish that day. In addition to the emails I was invited to share my thoughts and reflections on a facebook page that was shared by all the challengers in the group. (ended up being one of my favorite parts).
Messages like “eat what you want today, whatever you desire, what are you craving and eat that”. Challenges like, “Enjoy the setting, create a space that makes eating more of an experience. Perhaps light a candle, read a book and eat a meal”. Other things like, “Stop eating when you are full today, are you just eating because it is in front of you or are you really hungry.” Another day that read, ” What if you told yourself you are allowed to eat whatever you want when you want, perhaps those foods will loose their value.” Each day was different and offered a new challenge.
I found myself eating things I would normally not allow myself too. As well not eating nearly as much as I did before. I found myself eating when I was hungry and not just because it was a certain time of day, nor was I stressing about when I would get to eat next. I found new joy in meals.
This challenge asks that we start listening to our bodies more, less of what culture has created and what does your body truly desire. Believing in the truth that your body, if you are listening to it, tells you what makes it feel strong and good, as well what foods leave you feeling fatigued or sick.
I wrote my reflections for the Studio Eats webpage, simply to offer my thanksgiving for the challenge, for Jamie and for the women that I journeyed alongside. You may visit the page here and see my reflection. I wrote my reply below:
If you have any more questions about the challenge or doing the challenge yourself I am more than honored to answer. I know that I am not the only one that has developed an unhealthy relationship with food and I would highly recommend the challenge to anyone.
You may ask if am I cured now? Nope of course not, it is a journey, that I will be on for a very long time. Did I loose weight? Nope I did not, but the best part of all the emotional and mental cleanse I gained.
So there you have it. Please don’t hesitate to email me to ask questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of Love on this Monday. As well a full Tegucigalpa Girls weekend recap soon…..