The Problem With ‘Just Eat Everything In Moderation’ Advice
That’d be like telling someone with depression to ‘just be happy’ and problem solved or like telling someone who suffers from alcoholism to ‘just stop drinking, easy peasy’. That’s ridiculous and unfortunately doesn’t at all work like that. If only it were that easy.
Not only that, but as I discuss in my blog post Why You Might Binge At First, moderation when it comes to eating all foods isn’t necessarily even possible for many in the beginning stages of recovery. Chances are high that you’ll overeat and even binge eat for about the first 5 to 9 months of ditching your food rules and allowing yourself to eat all foods without restriction. It’s just a normal and even necessary part of the recovery and healing process for many people.
So how exactly do you reach that seemingly elusive end goal of eating everything in moderation, then?
Well, it’s complicated and there’s not an easy, quick fix answer. (Hence why I highly recommend getting professional help.) It is, however, 110% possible and worth it.
WHERE TO START?
First, you’ll need to start with the ‘eat everything’ part of that equation, which is to allow yourself to eat all foods without restriction. But, instead of focusing on moderation at this point, focus instead on practicing mindfulness, specifically mindful eating.
Mindful eating is the practice of becoming aware of and fully present with the eating experience, both inside and outside the body, from a place of curiosity and non-judgement. (Keyword: non-judgement.)
A mindful eating practice helps you cultivate inner awareness of your body’s hunger and satiety cues, which have been long suppressed and overruled by your ‘clean’ eating food rules and calorie/macro counts. The goal is to reverse this so that your wise and intuitive body eventually supplants the external, depersonalized food rules. (Keyword: eventually.)
FREE MINDFUL EATING TOOL
To help you begin your mindful eating practice, I’ve got a free cheat sheet for you called the 7 S’s of Mindful Eating. This cheat sheet guides you through the step-by-step process of how to practice mindful eating.
FREE CHEAT SHEET: THE 7 S's OF MINDFUL EATING
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- allow yourself to eat all foods
- eat those foods more mindfully
- reestablish the connection between you and your body, particularly your hunger and satiety cues