Making Peace with Food

I’m still reading Intuitive Eating, 3rd Edition and the third principle is :

3. Make Peace with Food – Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.

So, I went to Trader Joe’s and decided I would grocery shop and buy ONLY the things that looked good. I wouldn’t check nutrition, because I know it’d only make me put it back. I wouldn’t talk myself out of anything. Here’s what I ended up with:


Reduced Guilt Cheese Puffs
Reduced Guilt Tortilla Chips
Full fat cottage cheese
Asian Pears
Red Pears
Mango, Pineapple and Papaya Mix
Crunchy Asian Chicken Slaw Salad
Green Beans
Mixed Greens
Champagne Pear Vinaigrette (omg – delish)
Babybel Light Cheese
Rice Noodle Soup Bowl (BLECH – it was gross. I trashed it)
Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits
Chocolate, Dried Cherry/Cranberry and Nut blend

What I took away from this is that when given the choice I will usually pick healthy. I enjoy healthy. It tastes good. I love fruit, but don’t eat much because it’s higher calorie and high carb. How silly is that? I need to get out of my own head and eat what works for me – not what I feel obligated to eat. Not Atkins, Not Weight Watchers, Not South Beach, etc. etc.

I’m looking forward to the New Year and making some meaningful resolutions.

And for some Monday Holiday Lolz:


6 thoughts on “Making Peace with Food

  1. Hahaha this cartoon explains me (and a lot of other women) so well! 😀 Seems like you did pretty good on the grocery shopping part! Eat and enjoy 🙂

  2. I’m very impressed with your grocery haul! I fear that if I were to try that right now, bad things would happen. But I trust that the longer I stick with this process, the more I’ll start craving the good stuff! Anyway, I’ll be interested to see if you post more from that book. I’ve heard lots of good stuff about it, but I worry that I’m not “ready” to abandon calorie counting. Thanks for sharing…it’s very encouraging to see that it IS possible to crave healthy foods!

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