Recovering from diet-binge cycling,
requires learning how to sit in this present moment with food,
without grasping for the next diet,
without leaping for some attempt to fix it,
without trying to “figure out” your plan of escape.
It requires learning to sit with a full belly when you have one,
or with your body exactly as it is,
without being wooed back into grand planning with food—plans that only take us further away from what our bodies need right now, and set us up for a repeat of the cycle once more.
The truth is, “intuitive eating,” by definition, can only happen in the present moment. I can’t know what I’ll be hungry for outside of the moment that I’m hungry for it—I can’t predict with certainty what my body will need in five minutes, or five hours or five days.
All I can do is sit in what’s happening right now, and listen for the next right action, one moment at a time, as it’s made clear to me.
The only commitment to be made, is to nail myself to the present moment with food.**
**A Pema Chodron idea.
Isabel Foxen Duke is the Creator of Stop Fighting Food — a free video training series for women who want to “stop feeling crazy around food” (and stop binge-eating, emotional eating, and other compulsive food behaviors in the process). You can sign up for her free video training series at www.stopfightingfood.com, and her blog, “How to Not Eat Cake… really fast, standing up, when nobody’s looking,” can be found at www.isabelfoxenduke.com.