I’m a planner. I feel comfort in knowing what is going to happen next. When things don’t fall into place the way I expect them to, I get anxious. These past few weeks have definitely served as a reminder that I cannot control and plan out everything in life. Being faced with an unknown is not comfortable, but it puts you in the perfect position to learn and grow.
When you start your journey to make peace with food, it will be uncomfortable at first. The process of becoming a mindful eater will cause you to question most of what you know about healthy eating and lead you to challenge those thoughts. Going against what you have known and practiced for a long time is scary, especially when you don’t yet know what the outcome will be. No matter what the outcome of the process is, you will definitely grow and learn more about yourself. That, in and of itself, is worth it.
If I have learned anything this week, it is how TERRIBLE I am at waiting. My husband and I are in the process of buying our first house and it definitely is not as easy as it looks on HGTV. We put an offer on a house we adored and had to wait several days to find out if our offer was accepted or rejected. It. Was. Excruciating. In the end, it didn’t work out for us, but that just means there’s a better house out there!
After the wait was over, I thought back to when I started my journey to become an intuitive eater. It was just as difficult and lasted A LOT longer than a week. In the beginning, I thought it would take maybe a month, and then my relationship with food would be healed. That was definitely not the case. The process was long and hard, with several ups and downs. I actually cannot recall the exact moment I felt it click, but I know it was several months, maybe even over a year, into the process. Even though I did not get instant gratification when I started, I know that I have made a lasting change in my life. It wasn’t easy by any means, but it was so worth it.
If you are interested in or starting your journey with intuitive eating, know that it will take time. It is nothing like all the other diets you have tried in the past where you started seeing results in a week or so. If instant results were the answer, we wouldn’t be constantly starting another diet. Any worthwhile change takes time. It took you a long time to build the relationship you have with food now, so it makes since that it will also take a long time to heal that relationship. This may be one of the toughest journeys you embark on, but I assure you, you will thank yourself for the rest of your life.
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Are you feeling frustrated or defeated today? Do you feel like all your efforts in creating a healthy lifestyle are just not coming together?
Relax. Take a deep breath. It’s okay…
These things take time. It’s a PROCESS. It has taken you years to get to where you are now, to develop the habits and behaviors you are currently engaging in. Don’t you think it might take a little time to unlearn them? To change them for good?
In our society, we are fixated on instant results. We are hardwired to resist change. The bad news is, no lasting change is going to be instant. To reap the future benefits, we have to put some hard work into it. This is not fun or desirable, but necessary.
So if you only accomplish one thing on your list today that points you in the direction toward cultivating a healthy lifestyle, CELEBRATE IT! Small steps will slowly but surely become BIG steps!
Today, try to trust that God is working with you in your quest for a healthier life. He will be there and help you along the way. And cut yourself some slack! You’re working hard and making some life changing choices!