Dieting is a train ride and intuitive eating is a sailboat cruise

One of the characteristics that most of my clients have in common is that rules make them feel safe. They want to know what to do and how to do it. They want to be go from Point A to Point B in as little time as possible.  From an early age, we learn that one of the most important things that we can do is be thin and fit.  Diet culture provides a rulebook on how to do this, as most of diets provide strict set of guidelines that will determine if you succeed or fail.  When the diet ends, of course, 97% of people gain all of the weight back, and 2/3 of these people gain back more weight than they lost.

 

Trains are similar to weight loss attempts.  They will get you from the station to your destination, but what happens after you get there?  And what if you want to stop and look at the scenery, or explore one of the towns that the train passes through? Will you even allow yourself to look out the window, or are you too busy looking ahead to notice the beauty in the changing landscape outside?

 

A sailboat ride is dependent on the wind, the waves, and storms. When you start out on a sailboat, you don’t know what is going to happen. You can have supplies ready, but you might not need them. They might go overboard, and you have to sit with being uncomfortably cold or wet until you get back to port. Intuitive eating is the same. You could prepare all your food for the day but end up not being very hungry. You might not bring enough and then eat a lot later because you got too hungry. Your friend might surprise you with a lunch date, which throws all of your eating plans out the window. Intuitive eating allows you to be flexible, to go with the wind, and the water, and the changing of the tides. 

 

Sailing allows you to sit in the sun for a while and enjoy the view, which is essential for a life well-lived.

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