Hungry For Change: When Too Much Info Is Too Much
I want you to think back to 2011. What were you doing a decade ago? I was unhappy with different aspects of my life, feeling restless, and starting to think I should do something else. It took me two years, but in 2013 I changed my career and haven't looked back since. If you have an inkling that something isn't quite right in your life but are getting stuck on the road to making that change, this is the episode for you.
If You Want To Get Out Of the Information Overload Stage You Should:
* Do your research but know when you have done enough
* Be honest with yourself about where you are at in the stages of change
* Meet yourself with grace and compassion
* Challenge yourself to take action
Finding Your Intuitive Eating Sweet Spot
When making a change in your life, big or small, there is a tendency to get caught up in the learning phase. Often we don't want to jump into something until we feel 100% ready, but the truth is that if you wait to feel completely ready, you will be waiting forever.
Diet culture tells us to outsource our health decisions which creates a ‘one size fits all’ approach to our bodies. This is simply not the case, and intuitive eating encourages you to find the sweet spot between those external values and your own body's attunement. While information can help you prepare for this next phase of your life, it is important to remember that you need to find the middle ground between preparing and actually taking action.
The 6 Stages of Change
Consuming information makes us feel like we are doing something when it is really aiding us in procrastinating on making the change we are contemplating. There are six stages of change, and it is important to be honest with yourself about what stage you are at and remember that after every speed bump comes a new cycle.
Doing your research is great. But when you are able to take the information you have gathered and challenge yourself to take action, that is where the real magic happens. Intuitive eating is a combination of active learning and experiential learning, and it's up to you to get out there and do the thing.
What stage of change do you feel that you are at with your relationship with food? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.
In This Episode
* How to move from gathering information to practicing and taking action (5:40)
* Discover the sweet spot of authentic health and how to achieve it (10:30)
* The stages of change and how to gain insight on where you are in your journey and what next steps you should take (14:00)
* What to do if you are ready to take action but are getting stuck in the preparation phase (21:55)
* Why you shouldn’t wait until you are 100% ready to start your intuitive eating journey (30:12)
“There are so many places that you can get stuck, and one of them is information overload.” (2:02)
“How can we find that middle ground? How can we find the overlap? That is really why putting intuitive eating principles into practice is so important, because it helps to combat only loading yourself with information.” (13:22)
“Where are you at with your own relationship with food and coming to a kinder place that isn’t so ‘all or nothing’? I want you to think about that.” (21:48)
“At the end of the day, you can read the book, you can read the workbook, you can listen to all of the podcasts, you can read all the anti-diet books, you can do all of that. And some things may change...but intuitive eating by its very nature is an active experiential process.” (24:42)
“Give yourself grace, it is a process. If you feel like you are going to wait until you are 100% ready, you are going to be waiting forever.” (30:28)
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