I had been on an endless cycle of trying to be “healthy”, doing “good” for a short amount of time, and eventually missing certain “bad” foods, or a the feeling of being satisfied after eating a meal. I always had to make myself stop eating & when I was good I would stop, but when I didn’t have enough will power to stop, I would keep going, usually to the point of eating WAY too much. I would have a “what the hell” moment where if I had already blown my good day, might as well keep going.

It wasn’t a healthy relationship with food and it wasn’t fun to eat anymore. When I would watch my daughter eat what sounds good and finish when she is full, I wanted to go back to the days when I used to eat like that too. She could go though Holidays & vacations, and eat at restaurants without ever gaining excess weight because she can eat things that might be less nutritious but knows to stop when she is full so she is never overeating. Plus when she does eat a little more at one meal, I notice she naturally eats less at another meal.

What happens as we grow up in a world where there is so much focus on trying to achieve the “perfect” body we see on airbrushed girls in magazines that we completely forget how to eat in a way the gives us the perfect body for us? And how sad is it that most likely my perfect little girl will someday lose that too?  So I decided I needed to start eating in a way that set a good example for what a healthy relationship with food is.  It wasn’t easy but over time I worked to eat what I most wanted when I was hungry & stop when I was satisfied & eventually I learned how to eat like I did when I was a kid again.

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