Body Positive

Intuitive Eating: Obsession vs. Commitment

Intuitive Eating: Obsession vs. Commitment | Libero Magazine
I talk about obsession vs. commitment often in regards to exercise (watch my video here). Recently, however, I’ve been thinking a lot about how this relates to Intuitive Eating as well.

Before you start reading...

Support us for #GivingTuesday!

$2,105 of $2,500 raised

Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving, it is also our biggest fundraiser of the year. Support our nonprofit magazine by donating -- every little bit helps!

$2,105 of $2,500 raised
$
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.
Terms

Donation Total: $25 One Time


Originally published at laurenbersaglio.com on June 21, 2012. Republished here with permission. Get your blog featured!

I talk about obsession vs. commitment often in regards to exercise (watch my video here). Recently, however, I’ve been thinking a lot about how this relates to Intuitive Eating as well.

First, let’s break it down:

ob·ses·sion:

  1. The state of being obsessed with someone or something.
  2. An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.

com·mit·ment:

  1. The act of committing or the state of being committed.
  2. Dedication; application

In my journey through Intuitive Eating, I’ve found myself in both of these states.

In the beginning, I was committed. I believed in it, I wanted it, I decided to go with it. As time went on, however, my history with an eating disorder (which predisposed me in rough times to lean on rigid eating patterns) led me to turn my commitment with Intuitive Eating into an obsession.  Rather than viewing Intuitive Eating as something I was choosing, something that offered freedom, I allowed myself to become enslaved by it (much like the enslavement I felt to my Eating Disorder).

For people who have a history of disordered eating or an eating disorder, it is common to find a ‘comfort zone’ in this form of enslavement. We tend to thrive (albeit in an unhealthy way) under an eating dictatorship–whether that be under the government of ED, some new diet, or even under intuitive eating.


Are you enjoying this article? We are a nonprofit and depend on donations to keep running. If you are enjoying this article, would you consider making a $2 donation?
$
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.
Terms

Donation Total: $2


When I allowed my Intuitive Eating to turn into an obsession, I gave up the very freedom that first attracted me to the concept.

This is not the way it’s supposed to be. Intuitive Eating is not about rules; it’s about choices. It’s about choosing to honour your cravings and your hunger/fullness signals because that is the decision you make for the sake of your health.

With commitment, there is always freedom to choose. However, commitment is still a commitment, which means you are still choosing to follow the Eating Guidelines, not because you have to, but because you want to. There is a difference.

Because eating intuitively is a choice, you also have the freedom to be gracious with yourself. You don’t have to follow Intuitive Eating perfectly. There is no ‘messing up’. No guilt. No shame. Isn’t this why we all gravitated towards it in the first place?

If you are obsessed with Intuitive Eating, then your thoughts, your day, your activities revolve around it.

Obsession looks like these thought patterns: “I can’t go for sushi with Jenny, I’m craving Tacos.” “I can’t have a piece of my birthday cake, I’m not hungry enough.”

Commitment, however, looks a whole lot different. You are able to go for sushi if that’s what Jenny wants because you are able to be flexible. And you can eat your birthday cake because it’s your birthday!

Intuitive Eating: Obsession vs. Commitment | Libero Magazine

As many of you know, recently I was struggling a lot with my eating habits. So when I came home for the summer with the intention of getting some much-needed rest and also working to gain back a healthy relationship with food, I found myself applying the same ‘diet mentalities’ to Intuitive Eating.

I found myself “Starting clean on Monday” (in other words: I will eat whatever I want without stopping now because come Monday, the fun ends: it’s back to Intuitive Eating for me and honouring my appetite religiously).

However, I soon realized I didn’t like the feelings and thoughts I was having.

I realized I was applying my diet/ED mentality to Intuitive Eating.

And then I remembered: I am not obsessed with Intuitive Eating, I am committed to it. This is a choice I am making for my health, a choice I already committed to, so there is no ‘come Monday,’ there is only now. And ‘now’ doesn’t mean perfection and it doesn’t mean feeling guilty for my compulsive eating habits, either. It means remembering why I wanted Intuitive Eating to begin with, and then committing to it.

I encourage you to assess your relationship with Intuitive Eating: are you committed? Or have you let your commitment turn into an obsession?

Remember the reasons you chose Intuitive Eating–the freedom of choice, the grace–and make sure those reasons still stand true for your relationship with food today.

Don’t give away your freedom.

Share this post:

Founder + Editor at Libero

Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.

If you enjoyed this article, please donate $2

As a nonprofit, we rely on donations to keep our magazine and community running. If you enjoyed this article, please consider donating:

$
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.
Terms

Donation Total: $25 One Time


Report ad as harmful | Ad Policy
Don't Like Seeing Ads? We are a nonprofit and ads are one way we raise money to keep our site and projects going. If you don't like to see ads on our site, signup for monthly donations and help us fully fund ourselves through donations!

Subscribe


Support Libero for #GivingTuesday and help us raise $5,000!

Giving Tuesday 2018

We are a nonprofit. Support our magazine through our #GivingTuesday campaign!

$2,105 of $2,500 raised
$2,105 of $2,500 raised

We will be accepting donations for this campaign until the end of the year, but we hope to reach our goal by Giving Tuesday! Learn more

If you have any troubles donating, please email donations@liberonetwork.com
$
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.
Terms

Donation Total: $25 One Time

What are you ‘Free from’?

Micaela: Free from Shame | Libero Magazine 1

Report ad as harmful | Ad Policy


Support Libero Monthly

We are a nonprofit. Support our magazine by signing up for monthly donations!

0% funded
0% funded

Though other online publications are starting to charge monthly subscriptions for their content, as a nonprofit, we want our articles to be available free of charge. This means we rely on ongoing donations to keep our magazine running and our website growing.

If you enjoy our content, please sign up to support us monthly! (you can change your mind at any time)

$

You have chosen to donate $5 monthly.

Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.
Terms

Donation Total: $5 Monthly

Do you blog about mental health?


Report ad as harmful | Ad Policy


Don’t Like Seeing Ads? We are a nonprofit and ads are one way we raise money to keep our site and projects going. If you don’t like to see ads on our site, signup for monthly donations and help us fully fund ourselves through donations!
Micaela: Free from Shame | Libero Magazine 1 Send us your story! [click here] or post your “Free from___” photo on Instagram and tag us: @liberomagazine!