A guest post by EDRDpro™ Member Caroline Young, MS, RD, LD, RYT
My relationship to exercise has changed drastically over the past decade of my life, but most significantly in the last 3ish years. It wasn’t until I was in the beginning of grad school when I realized my dependence on exercise had become much like a drug addiction – something to help me cope with a lot of stress and numb unwanted feelings/emotions. But since we live in a culture that normalizes things like dieting, and disordered eating and related behaviors (i.e. excessive exercise), it’s easy to be labeled as “healthy,” and even be applauded for the effort to “better yourself.” What a bunch of bullshit.
Before I was able to change my relationship to exercise, I found intuitive eating and committed to that journey of truly connecting and listening to my body, honoring and trusting its hungers and desires. The exercise piece was the hardest and last part of adopting the intuitive lifestyle.