For many people though, those early messages weren’t there, their relationship with food was good, it was fine, throughout childhood. The truth is that even if your family didn’t give you messages about food and your body, we simply have had it in our face our entire lives via the media.
That one ideal of beauty.
And at some point in a woman’s life, their body usually becomes something that doesn’t mirror that. For some, it’s in adolescence when their girl body becomes a woman’s body, for some it’s in their twenties as their bodies continue to change and grow, for some it’s after their first child, for some it’s actually menopause.
This is when things become emotional because the diet/restriction begins and then the binge following the restriction inevitably happens. And we panic, what just happened? I have to stop eating, I must stop eating so much. So you do; stop eating, as long as you can, and then your body wins, you eat, and you eat, and you eat. And again, you freak out. Why can’t I stop eating? Emotional eating, here we are.
Our very first diet/restriction created this crazy making cycle. The only way out is to allow yourself to eat when you’re hungry, whatever it is that sounds satisfying. Check in and try to eat to a place of comfort. Tell your body you’ll feed it the very next time it’s hungry. Keep your word, don’t try to push it out an hour or two (you’ll binge). Eat. Repeat the next time you’re hungry. Check in with your body, it has all the information you need. Allow the trust to grow. It’s worth it, it’s wonderful.