My journey with food and how intuitive eating has changed my path. Growing up I never really had to worry about what kinds of food I ate. My metabolism was really high and so I ate pretty much anything I wanted with no repercussions. In college put on not the freshman 15 but more like the sophomore 15 but still I was able to get my weight down pretty easily. After having three kids I definitely started to struggle with my body image and had a harder time losing extra pounds that I had put on. I tried restrictive diets and while I might see a results in the short-term, I always went back to struggling with eating the right foods and filling guilty when I ate foods that weren't as nutritious for my body.
Fast forward to present day. Shana helped me learn about intuitive eating, which was something that I had never even heard about. In the beginning, I had a hard time embracing the principles of intuitive eating and not picking up the traditional "diet" mentality. As time has gone on I have been able to shift my thinking and make peace with food. The diet mindset is something that is ingrained in our society and so it is difficult to relinquish it to accept this new way of thinking. However, I will tell you that the biggest change that I have noticed mentally is I do not feel shame when I eat "junk food." I allow myself to eat food from time to time that is not as nutritious but I don't beat myself up for it. And as I have let food not be as controlling in my life, I truly have found peace. I hope that anyone that reads this will give intuitive eating a try and see what a difference I can make in your life!
After working with Shana, I was able to see that restricting my preteen son with a larger body was not the answer. It’s been a process but I’ve been able to see him tuning into his hunger and fullness cues. He enjoys food but doesn’t obsess anymore. When he recently asked if he was fat, I was able to answer him confidently that all bodies are made different. And being in a larger body is ok. Meals are more enjoyable now that I’ve learned how to manage food and my family.