“Just eat the cake!”, my therapist said.
I had called her from the bakery aisle of the grocery store, in a state of absolute mental turmoil over whether or not I should honor a craving that my body was experiencing.
“But I’m afraid that I’ll eat the whole cake! If I eat the whole cake, I’ll get SO FAT!”
“Have you ever eaten a whole cake before?”
“Not a WHOLE cake, but close.”
“And what happened when you did that?”
“I felt sick and probably threw up.”
“Ok, and what else?”
“I don’t really remember anything else happening, I just felt terrible.”
“So, that time that you almost ate a whole cake didn’t make you SO FAT?
“No, it took more than that one cake to make me SO FAT.”
“So go ahead and eat a slice of the cake for dessert today, if you want it.”
I had this conversation with my therapist in 2006, and I credit this conversation as being one of the major ‘a-ha’ moments on my journey to practicing magical eating.
There are biological, neurological, and hormonal reasons why restricting ourselves from food and dieting don’t provide us with forever weight loss and weight stability.
The problem is that in our society, we are fed this notion that the only way to achieve health is to actively engage in restrictive, dieting behaviors. It’s just not true, and there is a body of research to prove that it’s not true.
There is another way. It’s non-restrictive, it honors your needs, it listens to you as an individual, and you can personally grow exponentially larger than a scale could ever measure as a result.
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