Ep 0088 – Bonus – Legalizing the Chips!

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¡Ay, caramba! I decide to make peace with my nemesis, potato chips.

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Warning! Don’t listen if food talk triggers you. In this 100 percent bonus episode I walk around the park sharing the raw, unvarnished method I use to legalize foods and, in the long haul, reduce my own binge eating behavior. I do this with the support of a therapist. Not recommended on your own if you have binge eating tendencies. Also, Mark and I will be gone off and on for the rest of the year, so don’t worry if shows or replies have a slightly longer gap than usual.

Laurie in a leopard sports bra and jeans

I’m feeling powerful in my new, comfy fitting brassiere and in my, skinny, for me, size 18W’s. I’m not trying to break the internet by the way, and this is as Kim Kardashian as I will ever get!

Laurie in a mic and straw hat holding a water bottle

My traditional selfie at the park. Wired for sound, got my water, time to go off on my walk and see what I have to say.

Laurie's lunch

Lunch after my walk ended up a chip-free affair. Ravioli, Chardonnay, and sliced apple with some coffee and pumpkin ice-cream for dessert (not shown).


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9 thoughts on “Ep 0088 – Bonus – Legalizing the Chips!

  1. Fionna

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for bonus episode 88! Hearing you open up about your feelings at the beginning helped me realize I am not alone in MY feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. Your description of how you go about legalizing foods was so helpful! I am really struggling with intuitive eating. The other day I stepped on the scale and lo and behold I gained 10 pounds since I gave up dieting. That just about ruined the next couple of days for me. I had so many negative “see what you did” type thoughts. I really was in a panic, wondering how in the heck I was going to do this, should I ditch the carbs again, etc. But after listening to this episode, I know intuitive eating is right for me. I just need to take it slow and do the work.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hugs Fionna, I do know how frustrating learning Intuitive Eating can be. It is so easy to fall into “I’m not on my diet wahoo mindset” and go to town filling all of our emotional and food trigger deprivation needs, as we are used to doing. THEN out comes the negative boss voice to give us what for! It truly is a long game for me, and I’m very grateful for the progress. Sending you positive vibes as you continue to explore your path. xoxoxoxoxoxo
      PS, thanks for commenting, because my critical brain was REALLY YELLING today that day 88 was the stupidest thing to record ever, and I had obviously hammered the very last nail in the BCs relating to a single thing I say coffin. I guess it’s good I’m still in therapy, and like many of us, my self-loving esteem could use some more tweaking 😉

  2. leora

    Hi Laurie,

    Thank you for the mention. Congratulations on day 88. How wonderful. And how awesome for you to legalize that challenging food. I love what you’re doing here.

  3. María

    I love the idea of legalizing the chips!!! I think it is wonderful, and hope one day I can do the same (baby steps, I am only at the beginning). :*

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      ¡Hola! María! I’m so glad to see you stopped by to let me know what you think. Legalizing food can be very scary, and I admit, it is not for everyone. In my case it is working wonders even though it is a VERY LONG process and scary and brings up many emotions. I’m also glad I did not choose potato chips as the first food I legalized, or I don’t think I could have success. I’ve done many foods at this point and built my confidence. As you say, baby steps 🙂 Thanks again for posting María xoxoxoxoxox

  4. Cheryl

    Great pictures today! LOVED the snazzy bra. And so many things you said resonated with me even though I decided the intuitive eating thing wasn’t going to work for me because of my diabetes.

    One thing I thought was interesting was your comment about depriving yourself of what you want making you want to eat as much as you can as fast as you can. That’s exactly what happens to me when I have a sugar low or when I’m very fatigued. It’s as if my body is screaming for fuel. With the low sugar it literally is, with the fatigue my body THINKS it needs fuel cause I’ve run out of gas. That’s an interesting comparison to me.

    And I have to say I GOT what you were saying about denying yourself something when you were eating out then coming home and eating everything in sight because you still wanted what you didn’t let yourself have. I think that’s the first time that has made sense to me. I can see I need to reevaluate what we keep on hand here. It also gelled about keeping stuff around so you WON’T feel deprived. Lots of food for thought for me there.

    The other thing that I identified with was the fact that your body has a cycle and this has become a trust issue. I’m not sure I’ve struggled with the trust issue part of that, but I SO know what you mean about bodies having cycles, I’m at my low point now for the third time in three years.

    I thought this was a great episode. I’m so proud of you for facing down the chips at the “It’s Okay” corral! You rock!

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      I must admit GF, I thought YOU’D get a kick out of my leopard undie shot 😉 I’m glad you found so many points of interest in this bonus show. I debated doing it, because it is so specific to what *I* am doing. But then I thought, what the heck, maybe folk would be interested even if it isn’t a method that is pertinent for them. So I slapped the warning on, so everyone would know what they were getting and moved on. It actually was one of the best (for me) episodes and clarified much I’ve been debating in my own mind. I feel even better now about my process and my progress. Your comments about low blood sugar and fatigue ring true for me too. When I am physically past hungry, that is my reaction. The interesting thing is that I have an “emotional fatigue” that seems to trigger it too. I’ll have to think about that some more… Hope you’re have a fab weekend, and thanks once more for providing interesting points to consider. xoxoxoxoxox


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