Tammy Beasley shares on PHIT for a Queen that you’ve got to give your body a chance to talk back to you. You really can learn to hear it, and your body can learn to trust you. But, it’s mutual trust, and both have responsibility.
When you have an eating disorder, there’s shame and darkness; a secret. The eating disorder has the power when you hide it – it’s a secret in a black hole. But when you expose it to the light – to relationships and to seeking health – it can’t survive. That’s the beginning of the end of the eating disorder.
As a society, we have never been so rigid and judgmental about our food. We are not giving ourselves any freedom to be an individual and listen to our own bodies. We have to follow this plan or do this and do that. We are a beautiful life, not machines. We can’t put in data and get out data. Calories in versus calories out isn’t a real thing. It doesn’t work that way.
We’ve pushed ourselves out of the driver’s seat completely with our relationship with body and food. Everything in our culture now is forcing us into the passenger’s seat, saying there’s only one way to eat. We are so opposite in our culture with food and body than we are in embracing diversity in any other way.
People sometimes think they have to micromanage everything about their bodies. The body is so much bigger and better than that. It’s really incredible how much the body gives to us. It takes the rigid things we give it and works to the best of its ability. Over time, however, micromanaging your body takes a toll. We need to get back to an intuitive place; realizing my body is not your body or anyone else’s body. And my body’s life story at this very moment is unique.
Trusting our body to communicate with us is a skill. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. It’s putting yourself back in the driver’s seat.
It’s important to realize we are always growing as a person and growing in our own appreciation of what our body does for us. It’s a daily decision to say “this is good” to change. Change is different. It doesn’t mean it’s bad if it’s different; it’s just different.
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Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD, LD, is vice president of clinical nutrition services for Alsana. Tammy has devoted the majority of her 30+ years of experience as a registered dietitian to the field of eating disorders. Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, Tammy is passionate about sharing hope in recovery and is known for her innovative counseling techniques that help clients restore a nurturing relationship with both food and body.