• Emma Green

How to challenge the food police

This is the 4th principle of intuitive eating as deceived in the book of the same name by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. This is all about challenging your internalised ideas about food. Although we like to think of ourselves as autonomous beings who are not influenced by the world around us, that just isn’t the reality. The messages about food, exercise and our bodies from friends, family and media do get internalised, even if we’re not aware of it. These are not always overt, quite often they are subtle, such as the constant exposure to a certain body type. We are bombarded with messages on a daily basis about what, when and how much we should eat, how our bodies should look and what our exercise routines should look like. This can occur even if we’re trying to avoid them, which is why it’s so important to have the tools to challenge them. You are not a bad person for having negative thoughts about food, exercise and your body. Try to approach these with curiosity, rather than beating yourself up about them. There is a huge amount of money that is put behind these messages and they continue to be a source of profit when people believe them. When you do the work to challenge these ideas, you make room to tune into your own values, thoughts and beliefs. You start to experience less guilt, judgement and anxiety about your choices and begin to feel empowered.

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