I don’t do diets.
Reference to diet today can be restrictive, punitive, shaming, and guilt-inducing.
Having tried a plethora of diets, from calorie-restricting, to fat avoidance, to raw vegan, to paleo, I stopped in early 2014, when I fell pregnant while on the paleo diet. Incidentally, at the same time period, a friend started a Facebook group in order to explore Intuitive Eating, and alongside a special group of girlfriends, I started on my journey to *Diet Recovery.
For me, there couldn’t have been a better time. I tend to eat very intuitively during pregnancy. Eat when hungry. Stop when full. Eat whatever it is you really want – i.e. what your body is asking for. Many call this a craving, and incidentally, many try to go against this, because most cravings, for most, are for ‘bad’ foods. Foods which contain fats, sugars, salt etc., which we have been taught we should avoid. I personally don’t think of these as bad, but we’ve been told for much of our lives how fat, sugar, salt is bad, and how we can still enjoy food without them – thus buying into certain modified foods and drinks instead. This site will explore this more in detail another time.
So anyway, I ate intuitively during pregnancy, while also learning a lot with my friends, sharing food ideas, recipes, tips on how to cook certain foods, showing off our plates of food within the privacy of the forum – it was awesome.
We discussed more than food. We discussed bodies. Bodies of all shapes and sizes, and how so many issues can determine how we feel about our bodies. We discussed the Body Positive Movement, and encouraged each other to please love our bodies, no matter what. And to please feed our bodies. And to please say kind things about our bodies.
I share this here because I truly believe that if we can change our relationship with food, and if we can stop, and consider what we really are hungry for, if indeed we are hungry (sometimes, we are thirsty, and hydration sorts the ‘hunger’ out), we’d feed our bodies what they need. I’m not going to lie and suggest this is an easy feat, because it is not. Especially after many years, and for some of us, lifetimes of being told what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, and how often. But it is something to consider. And we are working on adding more content with regard to this right here. Because food is key to healing a dysfunctional core, just like it is to healing other kinds of damage in the body.