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Over-eating


“How can I stop eating when I know that I’m full?” asked the young girl whose parents are concerned about her over-eating, particularly sweets at friends’ houses, to the point of belly ache. (The young girl’s parents are dieters and don’t keep treats in the house, only “diet sweets”, which the young girl really doesn’t like). Instead of giving an answer, the child was asked, ”If your tummy is full, does your body need more food?” She replied, ”Well, no”. She was then asked ”So, if your body doesn’t need any more food, then what do you really need?”. This young girl got it, right there & responded, ”I need to know that I’ll be able to get the sweets I want at my own house.” – Excerpt from Intuitive

Eating, Tribole & Resch

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In a very well-meaning way we can try to control what children (& anyone really) eats, unknowingly instilling morality, and even fear around some foods, passing it all down the line if we haven’t addressed our own relationship to food. This can in turn really disrupt ones relationship to food & carry through to adulthood. And the cycle begins again. Children are the most intuitive of all of us when it comes to eating.

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We tend to think the answer to a perceived problem around food / eating is restriction / more restriction. And yet, my experiences in working with so many people (& knowledge of the biological & psychological driving factors for food), & of my own personal experiences of a previously disordered relationship to food, tell me the exact opposite is true - permission & release of judgement is the path to freedom.

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This can be particularly tricky to navigate on your own so if in need of some support, reach out to an Intuitive Eating Counsellor (i.e. yours truly!) for guidance - it is a guaranteed judgement free zone, and compassionate & understanding space.

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