Intuitive eating is something we're all born with, but also something many (if not most) of us have lost. It still resides within us, awaiting its moment of reawakening.
When I found out I wasn’t enough it awoke a sleeping giant of not enoughness.
A tidal wave.
Smile more, they said.
Because you’re not enough.
So hear me out...
As the anti-diet and HAES movements continue to gain traction (yay!), there's a lot more heated conversation going on among health practitioners and in and among dietitians specifically. I'm over here wanting everyone to get along, but also recognize that we are all practicing from a lens of our experience. This can lead to heated debate, which should be a good thing, but can go awry when everyone's caught up in right-fighting.
During my undergrad, I switched into the field of nutrition and dietetics as a means to an end. I was studying Sports Medicine, but battling my challenges with food and body to an extent that I felt inspired to make food my field. I thought the nutrition would SAVE me.
And I was wrong.
The statistics tell us that 98% of diets fail. This is shocking. This means that the multi billion dollar health and dieting industry that we all turn to time and time again has an overwhelming chance of failing us. Hear that again… you are not failing. The diets are failing you.
So why do intelligent people continue to offer up new “solutions” for our dieting woes that are ultimately just variations of the same theme? Every time I pick up a new diet book that claims not to be a “diet” it is still ultimately a diet. Why do we continue to buy into this?
I'm always teaching my clients to start building up a repertoire of quick and easy go-to recipes so they never find themselves stuck without a plan for meals. My own personal collection of go-to meals has included the traditional Italian Caprese salad ever since I returned from a trip to Italy that spawned my obsession with this salads classic flavors.