This idea of going “all in” is a phrase that’s gotten tossed around more in recent years in the intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery communities. And the idea behind it is rather than dipping your toe in the water, that you just take the leap and go for it.
It’s not a free-for-all with food, but it really is about letting go of all the dieting and disordered eating behaviors (things like weighing yourself, tracking your food, obsessively exercising) and instead choosing to listen to your body and letting yourself eat the things that are satisfying to you without having rules about what or when you can eat. It’s about reconnecting with and trusting your body again.
My guest on episode 40 of the Rebuilding Trust with Your Body podcast is a woman named Dana Mandel, and she shares her own story of going from disordered eating and body image issues to going “all in” with intuitive eating. What’s really cool about Dana is that she’s now a therapist herself, so she’s seen what it’s like to be on “both sides of the couch.”
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I encourage you to listen to this episode and think about what pieces of what Dana shares that can you apply to your own life.
That’s my goal for these interview episodes – that it gives you hope, inspiration and motivation that you can heal too.
You’ll hear Dana talk about:
- Growing up in a family culture of dieting with her dad and sister
- Learning from a young age not to trust herself with food
- Wanting to the best version of herself for her own clients, through doing her own healing
- Learning to change your own self-talk
- Why she thinks it’s important to go all-in with intuitive eating
I loved Dana’s authenticity and realness. I could totally see myself vibing with her as my therapist. The part where she was talking about learning to change our own self-talk is huge.
The things we say to ourselves make a big difference – and we can literally learn how to think and talk differently towards ourselves and towards our bodies. I really encourage you to lean into noticing your own inner dialogue, and working on shifting it to be more kind and compassionate towards yourself. I’m not saying you have to be all Polly Anna – I’m just saying maybe try talking to yourself like you would a friend and see what happens. You might be surprised.
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