Being Full is a Good Thing

Being Full is a Good Thing

we’re FINALLY continuing with the Intuitive Eating (IE) and Scripture Series picking up with the fifth principle of Intuitive Eating: Respect Your Fullness. Let’s jump right in.

The authors of Intuitive Eating write this about the fifth principle:

“ Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes and what is your current fullness level.

Sounds simple enough eh? Yet there are a lot of things that have to happen before this becomes easy or even possible to execute.

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No more food shame

No more food shame

This is the fourth principle in the IE + Scripture Series and if you read Monday’s post, you’ll know this is one of my favorite Intuitive Eating principles. The gospel has SO much to say on the topic.

So without further ado, the fourth principle of Intuitive Eating is “Challenge the Food Police”

The authors of the book write this about the third principle:

Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating minimal calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor unreasonable rules that dieting has created. The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.

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All Foods Are Clean

All Foods Are Clean

Ever been around a toddler? Or better yet, tried telling them what they should or shouldn’t do?

We have a running joke in our house. It goes like this, If I tell my 2 year old to go to the bathroom he 100% of the time stubbornly tells me, “I don’t want to go to the bathroom.” Even if he clearly needs to pee. But then my husband or my father-in-law chime in, telling him “Judah can’t go Mom, but I’ll go.” Instantly my son rises up and runs with vengeance to the bathroom screaming, “No, I’ll go potty.”

We attribute this little happening to reverse psychology, but the same principle is also called a paradoxical injunction in psychology and restriction mindset in intuitive eating.

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Hunger is God's good idea

Hunger is God's good idea

Our bodies need food regularly in order to function at their best. Unfortunately, we as a culture have glorified restriction, fasting, and downplaying hunger, but how has it served us? We’re more distracted, fatigued, anxious, unhealthy and worried about food then ever before.

Principle number 2 of Intuitive Eating is to Honor Your Hunger, a concept that goes directly again the cultural trend towards food-restriction.

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