From the time I was a little kid, until I was an adult,  I literally would eat until I wanted to throw up. When I got a little older my mom taught me about using baking soda in a glass of water to relieve an upset stomach. I learned at a very young age that I could eat until I was sick and then relieve myself with a glass of water and a little baking soda. In 9th grade my dad told me my pants were too tight, and from then on I started purging after dinner, nearly every night, for months at a time until my senior year of high school. It became my wintertime weight loss plan.

Last week, I sat down to watch a movie. I was a little hungry so I put some homemade ranch dressing mix on some cottage cheese and scooped it with kettle chips. Before I even finished my chips I listened to the cues from my body saying it was done. I had instant awareness about how aware I’ve become in the past year with messages from my body.

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This has been an amazing journey for me in 2015. I have been working on raising my awareness about what my body wants to eat, how much it wants to eat, and stopping when I’m full. I’m not doing it as a weight loss plan; I’m doing it to honor my body – because we’re a team, and we’re in this life together. I’m not going anywhere without my body so I get to honor it.

Last August I attended an event called Being You Changing the World, hosted by Dr. Dain Heer. The first day of the event he let us go for lunch break and said “ask your body what it requires from you.” After every bite, ask if it requires more food. If your body is done, stop eating.” I started incorporating this practice into my meal times. Honestly, I’m not perfect at it. At first I did this about 25% of the time and now I’m at about 50%. But, as I discovered with my chips & cottage cheese snack tonight, it’s becoming a habit that I don’t have to think as much about.

The phrase “you’ve come a long way baby!” definitely applies to me! What else is possible?

So, during this holiday season I will be eating lots of bacon, cream cheese, whipped cream and other “taboo” foods and enjoying the hell out of them! And, of course, I will continue to ask my body what it requires and if it requires any more bites of food.

How can you honor your body this holiday season?

In 2016 I will be launching a program to teach women some amazing tools to honor their own bodies, to release shame & guilt, to listen to the cues and message from their bodies, and to understand the magical, phenomenal creation their body is. Stay tuned for more!