Today, I’m really excited to present part one of my interview with Christie from Honoring Health, where she writes about her own experiences with intuitive eating, provides tips on eating intuitively, shares delicious recipes and much more.
I greatly admire Christie and her work. In a culture where healthy eating is synonymous with dieting and we cling to stringent eating rules because we’re afraid of getting out of control, her posts are refreshing and very much needed. She offers tons of insights on her blog, and she’s just outright inspiring!
First, if you aren’t familiar with intuitive eating or would like to learn more, check out my interviews with one of the authors of the bible on intuitive eating, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works, Evelyn Tribole: Here’s part one and part two.
Below, Christie talks about why she started Honoring Health, how she discovered intuitive eating and the biggest obstacle she’s faced along the way.
Update: Christie is now blogging about intuitive eating at her beautiful blog Nourishing Circle.
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself.
A: My name is Christie, a health coach and blogger specializing in changing women’s lives. Nothing jazzes me up more than to have a woman tell me that I’ve changed her life, I’ve inspired her or I’ve made her see things in a different, more positive way. I thrive on teaching women to learn to listen to their bodies and trust in the wisdom that is innate in all of us.
Q: What inspired you to start writing Honoring Health?
A: I started blogging in the spring of 2007 as a way to chronicle my own journey with intuitive eating. As I blogged and built this amazing community around myself, I healed my relationship with food and my body. Along the way, I realized that I was helping other women do the same and it lit a fire in me that I never knew existed. Honoring Health is my passion, both personally and professionally.
Q: Can you talk about how you discovered intuitive eating, and why it made sense to you?
A: I discovered the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elise Resch by accident, actually. I was looking for my friend’s website that has the word intuitive in it and I Googled “intuitive eating.” Little did I know, my life would almost immediately change.
I had been bingeing since I was a small child and started abusing exercise in my early teens. As an adult, I dieted and binged my way to 220lbs and eventually knew in my heart that the dieting thing wasn’t really working.
The more I dieted, the more I binged. When I discovered intuitive eating, I was at the point that I wasn’t staying on whatever diet for more than a few hours. I had a really disordered relationship with food, exercise and most of all my body. When I discovered intuitive eating, it felt like a relief to know that there was another way.
Q: What obstacles have you run into with intuitive eating and how do you overcome them?
A: For me, my biggest obstacle with intuitive eating was not using it as an excuse to binge. When I first started out, I really took it as “eat whatever you want, whenever you want” and that approach landed me 40lbs heavier than when I started. I don’t regret those 40lbs because they really taught me the reasons why I was bingeing.
That period of time helped me see that I had bigger issues than just “liking food” and that I had serious work to do if I was ever going to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. I’ve since gotten back to a weight that feels more comfortable for me but that initial gain was an important piece to my recovery.
Thanks so much, Christie, for sharing your story and insight with us! Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of our interview, where Christie talks about emotional eating, making peace with food and her favorite tips for improving body image.
Intuitive Eating Tools
In the meantime, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite posts from Christie that I think are really important for anyone interested in intuitive eating:
- Intuitive Eating Hunger Scale
- The Food Mood Journal
- What Does Full Feel Like?
- Intuitive Eating: Reject the Diet Mentality
- “I’d Never Stop Eating”
Today’s favorite post. A thought-provoking post from Dr. Samantha Thomas, “Enough Is Enough,” on body image hypocrisy, which I found thanks to Carrie at ED Bites, who posts interesting and important links every Sunday.
If you’re eating intuitively, what have been your biggest challenges? What do you think about intuitive eating?