Commitment: First Pillar of Intuitive Eating
The first pillar of the 6 Pillars of Intuitive Eating is Commitment.
Commitment to yourself needs to be priority when it comes to any lifestyle change. Without commitment we do not stand a chance of accomplishing anything. This is precisely why commitment is the first pillar out of the 6 Pillars of Intuitive Eating.
Committing to yourself is of the upmost importance because at the end of the day you are the only one you who knows what you truly want and need. You are the one who really knows if you listened to your hunger and fullness signals or if you emotionally ate. Be honest with yourself and compassionate, because you are the jury, and judge.
For me and my clients, commitment is a daily practice. Many days we have to recommit to eating intuitively in the morning, and depending on the day, sometimes in the afternoon and evening.
There are many different obstacles throughout our days. Think about the many food commercials we see daily, let alone the many opportunities throughout our days to eat. Whether it be a cookie after lunch, or a piece of candy out of the candy bowl on our coworker’s desk food is all around us.
It is important to remember that Intuitive Eating is a practice and we are not going for perfection.
Intuitive Eating is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change. This lifestyle change is one that you will be able to stick with your whole life long, but you will have to practice multiple times a day.
This may be stressful, thinking about all of those possibilities to “fall off the wagon.” But there is no wagon. Intuitive eating is a journey, there will be ups and downs but I encourage you to see each opportunity as a time to prove to yourself that you can stop emotionally eating.
Deep down inside all of us, we all are intuitive eaters. We just have to throw away all of the extra baggage that was stacked on top of our intuition for so long. (Check out my post about eating like a toddler this may help to know that we all were intuitive eaters at one time).
As with anything, practice makes it easier. This is the same with intuitive eating, as the intuitive meals you have add up, it will get easier to be intuitive about your food and your eating style.
However, there may come a time when you don’t have an intuitive meal, or you unconsciously eat your way through a bag of chips and that is OK. It is at that time when you realize that you have unconsciously eaten, you forgive yourself and know that next time when you get to -2 on the hunger meter you will have an intuitive eating experience.
Many times I have caught myself not eating intuitively, but I know there will always be the next meal to practice my intuitive eating. That is the beautiful thing about living is that there will always be a next time and as long as we learn from our past, we can only grow stronger.
So give yourself some grace during this process, because the key to sticking with intuitive eating is commitment (and recommitment).