3. MAKE PEACE WITH FOOD
Call a truce; stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can't or shouldn't have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing. When you finally "give in" to your forbidden foods, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating (where you tell yourself you will diet tomorrow so you eat everything in sight) and overwhelming guilt.
4. CHALLENGE THE FOOD POLICE . . . this is my favorite!
Scream a loud "NO" to thoughts in your head that declare you're "good" for eating certain foods or "bad" because you ate a piece or two of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor the unreasonable rules that dieting has created. The police station is housed deep in your psyche and its loudspeaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.