Unconditional permission to eat is vital for making peace with food and putting yourself back in charge of your food choices. It’s also the part of Intuitive Eating that feels most overwhelming.
And it would! If you’re going from rigid meal plans and strict food rules to unconditional permission to eat, you’re going to feel like you are jumping off a cliff without a parachute. In fact, that free falling feeling is exactly what typically sends you straight back to rigid meal plans and strict food rules.
So the truth is, you need a bridge between food rules and food freedom. You need to have positive experiences with food that build trust and confidence meal by meal, day by day. You do that by creating an environment where you can feel successful with food, without the rules.
I don’t blame anyone who heads back to a diet because they feel like their eating patterns are chaotic. That doesn’t feel good and very few people want to just give themselves unconditional permission to eat and hope it all works out in the end, all the while sinking deeper into discouragement about their eating.
The good news is that you don’t need food rules to feel better. You can create rhythm, predictability and positivity with food without being told what or how much to eat. You can give yourself a supportive structure to practice unconditional permission to eat. The truth is this process doesn’t have to feel overwhelming, it can actually feel strategic and intentional.
You know I’m all about Nourishing Confidence. The way you do that is to meet yourself where you are. If you don’t trust your body, if you have no idea how to eat, if you feel discouraged with your ability to feed yourself well, respect your body and take care yourself with food… then you need much more support than “just eat whatever you want!” (although that is very good advice).
Permission supports structure and structure supports permission (if done in the right way). To find the middle ground with food, you pull from either end to create something that feels consistent AND flexible, rhythmic AND spontaneous, nourishing AND satisfying, predictable AND free… and for too long you’ve been choosing only one or the other.
So, Stephanie and I, via Eat Confident Co., have you covered. We’ve created a workshop style podcast episode where we walk you through our Permission + Structure workbook. We are certain this is what you’ve been looking for. That’s because we hear these kinds of comments from you all the time:
“Unconditional permission to eat just makes me feel out of control.”
“I want to leave dieting behind, but I have no idea where to start.”
“I don’t trust myself with food yet so it feels impossible to not have food rules.”
“I want to feel better but I don’t want to go on a diet.”
“I really need some guidance in how and what to eat.”
“I don’t know how to feel in charge with food without some sort of plan.”
If that’s you, head over to Eat With Confidence podcast, episode 87 AND grab your free workbook so we can show you how to create your own flexible structure. You want to be a Confident Eater and we can get you there.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about the podcast and workbook and your experiences with permission + structure!