On why perfectionism in eating leads to over-complicating the eating process and why it’s important that you don’t overthink intuitive eating.
I’m a recovering perfectionist. I’ve played the perfection game in almost every area of my life, but especially with food. It feels sort of falsely, momentarily exhilarating. Like a power rush. But one that flatlines when you just can’t anymore. And suddenly, you’re face-first in a bag of chocolate chips. Costco-size. You know the one. Food-perfectionism is a struggle for power. But for me–and I think for most people–the more I tried to exercise power over food, the more power it had over me.
That’s why, when I stumbled into intuitive eating, it seemed so revolutionary. Not to mention dive-back-under-the-covers intimidating. Eat when I’m hungry? Stop when I’m full? When the nutrition label on the bottle of ginger-pear kombucha you picked up from Whole Foods on your way home is enough to send you into deep research (of the internet variety, very scientific) and then a subsequent panic attack, radical statements like those are downright shocking.