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“Enough is as good as a feast.”-Mary Poppins
I’ve always loved this quote by Mary Poppins. It’s one of those quotes where, when you hear it, you pause for a moment, think, and then nod with a smile on your face, thinking, “That is so simple but so true.” Then the smile fades as you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that? That would’ve saved me from a whole lot of binges and dirty dishes…”
But we have no time for looking back right now.
The purpose of this post isn’t to talk about this quote, though. Today I want to talk about the concept of ‘Enough’.
I always refer to Intuitive Eating as being an intuitive lifestyle, and that’s because it is. It’s not just another diet, meal plan, or ‘phase’; intuitive eating is an entire lifestyle switch. Like a reset.
Because of this, intuitive eating doesn’t only involve food and appetite (though that is a big part of it); it involves everything else as well.
I’ve found that a big part of learning to live intuitively is learning about ‘enough’:
- Learning when you have eaten enough
- Learning when you have exercised enough
- Learning when you have worked enough
- And, most importantly, learning that you are enough
This is why to live intuitively, we need to remember that enough is as good as a feast and that, in my opinion, it’s enough is actually better than a feast.
A feast leaves you bloated, slow, and possibly guilt-ridden. It leaves you with a body in agony from being pushed too hard, and a mind that is tired and anxious from being worked too hard.
A ‘feast’ is everything society and the media tells us we should have and should be.
However, despite what they try to make us believe, we actually are enough and we don’t need more than enough. Realizing our ‘enoughness’ is better than buying into the ‘feast’ narrative because not only is it more balanced, but it’s also more real.
And so I encourage you to get in-tune with yourself and be consciously aware of ‘enough’. At the dinner table, in the gym, and even at your desk.
And then, as you are standing in front of the mirror at the end of the day, reflecting back on everything you did or didn’t do, remember:
You are enough…and that’s all you need to be.
“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’” –Brené Brown
Lauren is the Founder of Libero Magazine. 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 for mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing cozy video games, and taking selfies with her 65lb goldendoodle, Zoey.
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