Restriction and bingeing/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 In a very well-meaning way we can try to control what children eat, unknowingly instilling morality, and even fear, around some foods, passing it all down the line, if we haven’t addressed our own relationship with food. Children are the most Intuitive of all of us when it comes to eating. Trust them. This can be particularly tricky to navigate so if in need of some support, reach out to an Intuitive Eating Counsellor for guidance - it is a guaranteed judgement free zone and compassionate & understanding space.
The Intuitive Dietitian xx