I promise. No one knows your body better than you. It is the truth.
Maybe you haven’t been friends for years.
Maybe you can’t stand the sight of yourself naked.
Maybe you can’t stand the sight of yourself clothed.
Perhaps you’ve been told that you can’t be trusted around your body.
Perhaps you feel you can’t trust your body because it has let you down.
Even if that’s everything you’ve heard, felt and know, I am here to tell you this. It is not the truth.
Part of that is concocted by the dieting industry to ensure you are a perpetual client. You cannot look to yourself to decide what or when to eat. You need an external regulator of your intake and, Look! we have a helpful plan for you that is totally flexible around your life and needs.
Except it isn’t because it can’t be.
It can’t be personalised to you exactly because Mrs Consultant or Mr Trainer (these gendered titles are, of course, interchangeable) don’t know you’ll have “a shit hit the fan” school run followed by an argument with your husband and a buttock clenching meeting at work on Tuesday. In fact, no one, apart from you, knows what your body needs on that day. That’s why you know best.
Here’s where the “You can’t be trusted” rhetoric comes in.
“But if I am left to decide what to eat and drink, particularly on a crap day I’ll eat EVERYTHING!”
Yup. You might, but with some support, new information, tools and choices… what then?
You’d get back in touch with an old friend. Your body.
You could start to feel those feelings without stuffing food onto them.
You could work out if your body needs rest or kindness or food or all of this.
You could recognise that you’ve got everything you need to feel good, be healthy and make your own decisions about your body.
Or you could keep listening to the external voice, the one that doesn’t really know, the one with the plan?
It’s really up to you because it’s your body and you know it best.
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