Making the decision to eat intuitively is a huge first step, but it's far from being the only step. Intuitive eating takes work and sometimes even more than one attempt, and that's okay! Joining me today to discuss this is SociEATy member Joanne Preston. Joanne is so inspiring in so many ways, and she is here to share her story and her struggles with eating and how she overcame those struggles.
Eating intuitively is so drastically different from dieting and can therefore feel scary at first. That's exactly why, in fact, making the transition from dieting to intuitive eating takes time and work. Joanne's unhealthy relationship with food and body image stems all the way back to childhood (as is often the case for many of us). Her desire to diet and lose weight started off innocently but eventually spiraled out of control, and eventually, after realizing that she was tired of tracking what she was eating and skipping meals, she knew that something needed to change which is how and why she discovered intuitive eating.
Joanne walks us through her journey and the hoops that she had to jump through to get to where she is today, iterating how important that it is to do the work and put the effort in and to not give up just because it doesn't work at first. She and I also briefly touch upon how important that it is to remember that diet culture affects men as well, and, as per tradition, she provides a couple of actionable tips to listeners, describing the 24-hour rule and encouraging listeners to join The SociEATy and ask for help because trying to walk this path alone doesn't work.
I thank Joanne for coming on to the podcast and sharing her story. She is such an inspiration to fellow members of The SociEATy and to everyone listening, especially since her story is so relatable and is likely going to resonate with so many of you. I hope that you find this episode helpful, and remember that I absolutely love hearing from you, so screenshot this episode and let me know that you are listening! Feel free to also share the podcast with anyone whom you know might benefit from it, and I would love it if you would share with me what you took away from this episode and what was especially helpful! Be sure to subscribe to The SociEATy Podcast so that you never miss an episode!
[1:39] – Colleen reveals SociEATy member Joanne Preston to be this episode's guest.
[4:20] – Joanne walks us through what her journey has been like so far.
[7:43] – We learn about Joanne's history with Weight Watchers.
[10:24] – Joanne discloses why she decided to start her intuitive eating journey.
[14:12] – Joanne touches upon the fact that men are not talked about often in the intuitive eating space.
[17:00] – Joanne dives into what was going on in her mind when she first started eating intuitively.
[21:01] – Joanne discloses that she hired an intuitive eating dietitian which was not successful, resulting in her finding The SociEATy.
[26:26] – Joanne and Colleen discuss fear and how to overcome it.
[33:15] – Joanne offers insight on taking foods back from diet culture.
[36:42] – We discover what led to Joanne finally cementing her journey and getting over fear.
[40:40] – Joanne offers a couple of actionable tips.
Links and Resources
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