Ginger’s Story: It’s Not About the Weight
Ginger had never really dieted before but had always been very health conscious and interested in nutrition. Following the birth of her third baby, Ginger found herself getting on her bathroom scale four times a day. She also found herself “closet eating” and feeling guilty. She intuitively knew that her sudden obsession with her weight and food wasn’t healthy.
Ginger signed up for the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshop at her church and has become a huge fan. “I don’t weigh myself at all anymore. I don’t even want to know because I don’t want a number to control me. I feel great and my clothes fit and that’s all I need to know,” Ginger explains.
A Weight Lifted Off Her Shoulders
Like most people, Ginger had emotional connections to food. She was one of eight kids so food was a limited resource. “We all learned to eat when food was there; fudge at Christmas time was a really special treat.” She got conflicting messages too. “We were always told about ‘bad’ foods and ‘good’ foods but at the same time, food was given as a reward.” Ginger also says she is a “fixer” and is in recovery for co-dependency. “From that, I learned that you have to get to the root issue: why do you eat?” Even now, she’s aware that some family members seem uncomfortable if she chooses not to eat when everyone else is. “They try to push food on me but I don’t feel the need to eat to please them.”
So many valuable lessons…
She loved participating in the Am I Hungry? workshops because she learns best when she’s using all of her senses. Her Am I Hungry? Facilitator, Dawn Rutledge, really helped her shift toward instinctive eating. Ginger shared some of the things she learned:
I love the freedom I have with food. I can eat ice cream at ten o’clock in the morning if I want–in front of my husband!
- I don’t elevate food anymore. If I’m hungry for salad instead of dessert, that’s what I eat.
- I don’t have to worry about when and what to eat because I can trust my body to tell me.
- I rarely overeat anymore. I don’t think I’ve been stuffed more than twice in the last year.
- I enjoy food more than ever now. I sit down to eat and make the time to smell, taste, and really appreciate my food.
- My first bite is my favorite because I know it’s never going to taste better than that!
- It has helped my break the cycle with my kids. I don’t make them clean their plate; I just say, “Is your tummy happy? “
Ginger tells everyone she knows to buy Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. “I don’t push it on them if they’re not ready. It’s just that I want everyone to experience the freedom I have!”
Editor’s Note: We have an update from Ginger! “It’s been about five years since I took that Am I Hungry? Workshop and it has made all the difference! I rarely overeat anymore, but if I do, I don’t stress about it. My kids are growing up, and I can see what a positive influence this has been on them. We eat healthy but I don’t make desserts “bad” so food is powerless over them. When I go out with friends, they all seem to be rationalizing about what they want to eat. I don’t have to explain anything; I just eat what I love. I wish they could all experience this freedom!”