So this entry will be short... Because the discussion on nutrition was short. In Relief Society, I was sitting next to the handout, "Healthy snacks."
In my world, none of those things could even be considered a snack...
Celery with fat free dressing... NOPE! Not a snack... I am not sure that even counts as food...
Rice cakes... (Unless you're "binging" on them, haha...just kidding) Not a snack!
I can't remember the others... I know it talked about low-fat cheese, no fat whatever, and anyways...
Since I was sitting next to it,at the end of the lesson everyone came back and talked to me about it. Melissa picked one up, and I said that looks gross... would you really eat those? (I feel a little bad about that, because I hate it when people judge my food choices, but well... I was saying it for me. It had nothing to do with her.) She said she needed to eat healthier... I told her she ate fine, and she didn't need to worry about it. She folded it up and handed it to someone else, and said, "I decided I won't eat "healthy", so someone else can have this." I told her she was my hero, which got me the response, "Well, yeah you guys that are naturally skinny, shut up!"
I just wanted to teach them about Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating is learning to listen to your body, understand yourself and your nutritional needs, and it is just so cool! So much better than rice cakes and celery! But they wouldn't understand... it goes against what so many people believe. And it is so frustrating!
And then Melissa said, "God made good food to be enjoyed, didn't He?" and walked away.
Really, she is my hero! At that moment, although I know she didn't understand what she was doing... I felt like I wasn't alone. I felt like I could be strong against my eating disorder. I felt like the silly handout was just that... silly. I am afraid if she wasn't there, I might have obsessed, or gotten caught up in a conversation with people about their exercise and diet habits, or something else equally destructive to me. Instead, I walked away too.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Discussions on nutrition...
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It is silly!!!!! And thanks for the shout out - I'm literally laughing out loud.ReplyDelete
I love you!
I've been working on intuitive eating as well. (At least, from your description of it that sounds like what I've been working on.) My problem is opposite of yours, it's that I enjoy eating so much that at some point I stopped listening to my body. I've been working on listening to my body more. I still eat what I want but I just ask myself if I'm hungry or not. It's been a good exercise.ReplyDelete