Challenging The Food Police (Intuitive Eating Principle 4)
There is a good chance that you have should’s and shouldn’t, do’s and don’ts, and a myriad of voices in your head telling you what to think when it comes to what you are putting in your mouth. The negative thoughts that come out regarding all of the rules you have around food are not serving you, but don’t worry, there is another way.
How To Respond To These Food Police Tendencies With Purpose
When you internalize foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, you can wind up creating emotions and actions that are not in line with how you truly want to feel about food. Instead of perpetuating the behaviors, you are trying to stop, intuitive eating can help you become aware of the voices in your head and show you how to respond to these food police tendencies with purpose.
By developing a more flexible way of thinking you can start to be kinder to yourself and make peace with the food stories you may have been telling yourself for years. Are you ready to stop using negativity as your motivator and start to challenge the food police? Share how you are working towards intuitive eating in the comments on the episode page.
In This Episode
- Why you should be challenging the voices in your head when it comes to food (4:20 )
- How the moralizing of food can negatively impact your relationship with it (13:10 )
- Tips for developing flexibility when it comes to your mental framework (17:15 )
- Ways to develop new internal voices such as the food anthropologist or nurturer (20:20 )
- Exercises to help you reframe your thoughts to become aware of your inner dialogue (29:14 )
“Intuitive eating takes time, it is something you put into practice.” (3:26 )
“You are not broken if this happens. You are not broken if your appetite is all of a sudden ravenous after a day of not eating. You are not broken, this is how your body works!” (15:05 )
“It is really important to start paying attention to the language that you use and understanding the thoughts and the beliefs that you have been living by… you have to get clear or develop that sense of awareness because you can’t change what you are not aware of.” (16:54 )
“It’s knowing that the way you are going to make progress and find more peace with this is not by being harsh on yourself.” (22:54 )
“If you are constantly saying ‘always’ and ‘never’, you are going to the worst of the worst place all the time. And that is a huge opportunity for you to be able to reframe.” (29:24 )