Listen To Your Body podcast 310: How To Stop Counting Calories and Start Enjoying Food Again w: Caitlin Ball

How To Stop Counting Calories and Start Enjoying Food Again w/ Caitlin Ball

Are you suffering from a food lifestyle hangover? Counting calories and quantifying every little thing that you eat could actually be keeping you from listening to your body. Intuitive Eating is all about a more pleasurable and enjoyable way to eat that will help you start feeling better and enjoy food again. 

Listen To Your Body podcast 310: How To Stop Counting Calories and Start Enjoying Food Again w: Caitlin Ball

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Key Takeaways

If You Want To Stop Counting Calories And Start Enjoying Food You Should:

  1. Trust the process of Intuitive Eating and find a system to support you
  2. Focus less on the calories of foods and more on how certain foods make you feel
  3. Be patient with the process and allow yourself grace when navigating which foods are right for you
  4. Lead by example to create a future legacy that is not focused on restrictions and rules

The Power of Intuitive Eating

Caitlin Ball is a health coach who specializes in Intuitive Eating. After moving to Switzerland, Caitlin saw the astronomical difference between how food is approached in Europe compared to the United States. Once she experienced a transformative glimpse of Intuitive Eating, she knew she couldn’t go back and had to share this information with the world. 

Rejecting Diet Culture Once and for All 

When working to gain more body awareness, trusting the process and finding a support system is key. As women, we have been told for so long that our worth is based on our appearance, and restricting ourselves and placing rules around food is the only way to achieve the goals society has set for us. Instead of giving into these restrictions, Intuitive Eating supports you so that you can feel great in your body, which is really all that is important. 

Stop Restricting Yourself and Start Feeling

Caitlin realized that rather than counting calories, truly acknowledging how you feel after eating a certain food is a much better indicator of what your body needs. If you allow yourself to listen to your body, you will start making decisions based on what you feel you need next, not focusing on the ‘should’ or ‘should not’s’ of certain foods. By jumping into the mode of curiosity and observation regarding how food makes you feel, you can start to figure out what is right for your body, right here and right now. 

Are you ready to leave the calories counting behind and walk away from the strictness and mental time it takes to quantify your food? Share which of Caitlin’s Intuitive Eating tips you are going to implement into your routine in the comments below. 

In This Episode

  • How a rejection of diet culture has resulted in a totally different relationship to food in parts of Europe (8:08)
  • Tips for breaking away from the need for control as an avid calorie counter (17:45)
  • Why relating how you feel towards what you are eating is a much better indicator than calorie counting (19:39)
  • How to make peace with food if you are worried about what is going to happen when you allow yourself certain foods (22:42)
  • The role of legacy in the work that you do through children and other young souls (34:01)

Quotes

“Once I tried out [intuitive eating], and I changed my personal relationship with food and realized I could travel and eat these foods and not eat too much and feel disgusting, and I could enjoy my life and start liking how my body looks without having to cognizantly want to change it, once I realize how much better life was with Intuitive Eating I had to share it!” (16:20)

“I knew in my heart that it wasn’t working, I knew that there must be another way because I got a glimpse of it from the people around me.” (18:19)

“I realized that the calorie-counting wasn’t actually doing anything for me, and the much better indicator was eating something, seeing how it made me feel, and then going from there and seeing what food I needed next after that.” (21:30)

“You do have to test your patience a little bit, but you will start to notice how these foods make you feel, and you will be able to start listening to your body a lot better and then be able to make changes from there.” (26:53)

“There are so many factors to how you feel because of this pandemic and everything that is going on in the world right now that do not have to do with food, so a juice cleanse is not going to solve all of your problems.” (33:08)

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How To Stop Counting Calories and Start Enjoying Food Again w/ Caitlin Ball FULL TRANSCRIPT

Steph Gaudreau
This is Episode 310 of the Listen To Your Body podcast. On today’s episode, I’m welcoming intuitive eating coach Caitlin Ball. She’s sharing how to stop counting calories, and start enjoying food again. The next evolution of Harder To Kill Radio is here. Welcome to the Listen To Your Body podcast. on this show, we’ll explore the intersection of body, mind, and soul health, and help you reclaim your abilities to eat and move more intuitively. Hear Your body’s signals, and trust yourself more deeply. I’m Steph Gaudreau, a certified intuitive eating counselor, nutritional therapy practitioner, and strength coach. On this podcast, you can expect to hear expert guest interviews and solo chats that will help you deepen your trust with food movement, and your body. Remember to hit the subscribe button and share this podcast with your friends and loved ones. Now, on to the show.

Steph Gaudreau
Hello, hello. Welcome back to the podcast. I cannot believe that we are creeping up so very quickly to the end of 2020. So much we could say about that. But suffice to say it’s been quite the journey. And today on the show I’m welcoming, intuitive eating coach Caitlin Ball. She’s a health coach who specializes in intuitive eating. And today she’s bringing her expertise and her own personal story about how she stopped counting calories and started eating in a way that’s more intuitive, more pleasurable, and ultimately more enjoyable. I know that many folks here who listened to the show are coming off what I would call the food lifestyle hangover, which is feeling like you weren’t necessarily “on a diet”. But yet all of the rules and regulations and shoulds insurance about the lifestyles that you tried things like paleo keto, low carb, etc. those rules and regulations are still haunting you. And there are also a lot of folks who listen to this show who have come straight from a more traditional what I would call quote dieting background, things like Weight Watchers and calorie counting, and so on and so forth. So today’s show with Caitlin is really going to focus on that idea of calorie counting, and how we can start moving away from quantifying everything that we eat. Before we hop into that wanted to share a win from my Tune-In Membership. This is my monthly membership, where we focus on coaching and group support, all about listening to your body, finding more joy and pleasure in food and movements. And ultimately learning how to be a more intuitive eater. Here’s the thing. If you’re ready to walk away from all of the lifestyle, food noise, the dieting and become a more intuitive, more mindful eater, you need support. doing it on your own is very hard. And when you have group support, it’s amazing how much easier even though it’s not always easy, but how much easier it will be. So today’s win is from one of my members. She is someone who rides motorcycles off-road. So she says, I’ve been working on this mindset that I was too big or out of shape to ride, I took an extra day off and rode in the mountains for three days it was freezing cold, there were some challenging bits. Not only did I do it, but I was also actually pretty good at it. I hope to pick up other bikes when they were dropped most around 450 to 600 pounds with gear. And I realized I am strong and capable of getting stronger. I was so excited that I came back and scheduled time for myself to lift weights twice this week, I wanted to do more. But I’m working on habit stacking instead of trying to do all the things at once and then doing nothing. so incredibly proud of this member for getting out there for realizing how good it feels to be strong and coming back and making a plan to continue that. So these are just some of the wins that members are experiencing all the time. It’s an amazing group. And I would love to have you there. So to find out more, and sign up, go to Steph Gaudreau.com/Insider. All right, on to the show with Caitlin. Hey, Caitlin, welcome to the show.

Caitlin Ball
Thank you so much for having me, Steph.

Steph Gaudreau
I’m excited that you’re here. We’re doing the podcasts switcheroo here. I was right recording with you not too long ago.

Caitlin Ball
I know it’s fun to get to hang out a couple of times.

Steph Gaudreau
It’s nice to, it’s nice to talk to other folks in this area doing this work. Because I feel like sometimes it can be a little bit. I don’t know, I always think of a salmon swimming upstream. I’m like, here’s me. And here’s daddy culture.

Caitlin Ball
Totally. Yeah, it is nice to connect with people that actually know what you’re talking about when you’re like, Oh, you don’t need to do a diet. What is Listen To Your Body mean?

Steph Gaudreau
Definitely, it’s nice. It’s nice to not have to go through the whole discussion about, you know, what it is that we do? And it’s just kind of that understanding there. How do you? How do you maintain your focus and resilience in what you’re teaching, and helping people with in the world, when the rest of the world is just so rammed full of opposite messages? How do you stay resilient for that? Hmm,

Caitlin Ball
I think actually, the messaging is what keeps the fire going, you know, like, keeps, keeps me getting fired up about this because I, I see something and I want to, I mean, I lived abroad for six years, and Europe was so different with their diet culture, and like, it just wasn’t nearly as large and apparent as, as in the US. And so actually moving back here last year, was really good for me to remember how, how steeped in diet culture, North America is, and how much work there is still to be done. But it is hard to like you said, feel like you’re swimming upstream sometimes. And, you know, I had a conversation with an older man, one time that I just met and told him what I do. And he was like, yeah, diets are crazy. But I’m on the keto diet. And that’s the best thing I’ve ever done. And I just, I was so mind-boggled by the fact that he didn’t realize it was a, it was a diet as a 60 plus-year-old man. But I just keep coming, I keep coming back to my clients, and I keep coming back to how they’re feeling now that they are out of diet culture, and remind myself of the positive change that I can do, and that I can help with. So just remembering those individual people really helps too, and yeah, keeps me going and keeps me resilient.

Steph Gaudreau
Would you say you lived in Switzerland? Correct for many years? What do you think it is about the difference between society and culture in you know, in your, at least a part of Europe, you experience that’s, that makes the difference with diet culture being so such a prevalent thing here versus there?

Caitlin Ball
Yeah, so they just, you know, food is. Food is different over there, in the sense that they, especially in Switzerland, I know, it’s different in different parts of Europe. But in Switzerland, it’s very much culture to cook at home and to Yeah, there’s not a ton of takeout places, there’s not a ton of fast food. And so that’s, that’s one thing, that it’s just more of culture to cooking at home share meals together at home, which is great. And on top of that, they just don’t they don’t talk about the need to change your body or the need to lose weight all the time. And I think, you know, I think as a society, they are generally smaller and slimmer. But I, I think that has a lot to do with the fact that there is no diet culture because they’re not losing the weight and then gaining the weight and then losing the weight and then gaining the weight and feeling shame around food and that kind of thing. And generally, it’s also a society where people work to live, not live to work. And so they, they take more time to do things they enjoy on the weekends, and they take more time to move their bodies. It’s generally just, you know, they’re like in Switzerland, especially the skiing is a huge culture. And so and biking is a huge culture in the summertime. So it’s like people would take these trips. that is a bit around movement instead of necessarily just to eat or something like that. So I think it’s a, it’s a big combination of different things. But you just, you didn’t see the shame around food, you didn’t see, the biggest thing I noticed was women eating the whole plate of pasta and not talking about it being a cheat day and not talking, eating a pizza, and it just being something that they did. And there, they didn’t worry about the judgment of other people. Because it wasn’t a big deal that everybody’s eating a variety of food on a regular basis. So if you’re having pizza, you’re having pizza. And you’re probably eating a vegetable at some point in the day. And you know, you didn’t see people ordering, salads were dressing on the side, like, you just order a salad and just have it come as it was. And it was hard. I mean, in some ways, I had a hard time because I couldn’t find like my plant-based milk and I’m not dairy doesn’t feel so good to my bodies, like I was I would get frustrated in some ways that they didn’t have a variety of my alternative foods, but at the same time it they didn’t have the keto bars and the Paleo labeled this and the weight watchers points that like so you just don’t see it and you’re just not thinking about it nearly as much because it’s just not part of the part of their culture.

Steph Gaudreau
Right. You know, I know that a lot of folks who are doing this work now on a professional level, whether it’s anti-diet, dieticians as health coaches, it’s intuitive eating practitioners and counselors, a lot of us have, we’re doing this work because we’ve had personal experience, we’ve experienced how diet, like this constant, like dieting and not feeling good enough has really impacted our lives in a really negative way. And we’re on this mission to try to help others through that process. Tell us a little bit more about your story. Like how did this unfold for you and why did you decide to get into this work?

Caitlin Ball
Yeah, totally. So I exactly I was a dater, I started at the age of 12 I believe it’s like seventh eighth grade. And it was at the time I just felt you know it, I felt out of place. And I was a little bit chubbier. And so I thought, Oh, the diets gonna be something I can control and something I didn’t think that much about it. But looking back at it now, it was a way to feel if I could lose the weight, then I would be more accepted you know. And I started on that journey. I lost the weight one summer and went back to school so excited and or, you know, whatever lost a few pounds and but then school started again sleepover started and I gained all that weight back because I wasn’t restricting nearly as much but then began the guilt of eating those foods that I now knew the calorie count or the point count of and so it was just inevitable that this the guilt shameful eating started because I wasn’t being as strict as I was over the summer beforehand. And then so when I gained the weight back then I wanted to start again and lose the weight again and it just cycled from there for the next 15 years. I always returned to calorie counting. The thing I liked about calorie counting was that you technically could eat whatever you wanted and because yeah, we just had to fit it into your day but I did try juice cleanses and paleo, and the last diet I ever did was the whole 30 diet and I Switzerland actually was a big factor of me deciding to change because I started noticing the different culture. But I also started traveling a lot more. And I was so used to having you know two weeks vacation and I would die before vacation, I would go on vacation, eat whatever I want to feel gross at the end, and then come back and diet after vacation. And I in Europe he had six weeks of vacation and then we were in the middle of Europe so we could go away for a quick weekend and be in Italy and be in France and I wanted to fully enjoy those things and I didn’t know how to fully enjoy those. The foods from those countries. without feeling absolutely disgusting in my body from eating too much, because I was just so used to eating a ton when I wasn’t restricting. So I didn’t want to do a juice cleanse every time I was in Switzerland. And that’s what I, I bought a juicer right away when I, when I moved there and I started doing these juice cleanses whenever I got back from vacation, then I realized, okay, this is, this is not a way of life to have to do this in between traveling. And so I also started doing yoga teacher training at the time and just started gaining body awareness that I didn’t have before. And then at that same time, I saw a course on intuitive eating around the time, I was ready to start a new diet. And I was like, okay, maybe we should try something new, these other diets haven’t worked for me. And I can try it out. And once I did, and I changed my personal relationship with food and realized, Oh, I can travel and eat these foods and not eat too much and feel disgusting and I can enjoy my life and start liking how my body looks without having to constantly want to change it. And once I realized how much better life was with intuitive eating I had to share it. So that’s when I went to health coaching school and Ariane five years later.

Steph Gaudreau
I love that. You know, I know that there are folks there. They’re different folks who listen to this podcast, right? Some of them have been much like me, you know, kind of came from the Paleo world, or we’re doing other kinds of 30-day programs that are life’s life, you know, air quotes, lifestyles, right? Not a diet. But there are also a fair amount of folks who have done things like Weight Watchers counting points. That was me, you know, I could tell you how many points for in whatever food it was, and just kind of it’s just like calories, right? You’re like, I could spend all my points eating ice cream today. Or, you know, do I want to be hungry the rest of the day? So yeah, there’s that. I mean, I’ve done the macro thing, as well. I know that there are going to be people who are like, Well, you know, if you’ve just been if you’ve been doing lifestyle stuff, and then you’re going into intuitive eating, it’s going to be easier because you don’t have that aspect of quantification and counting and logging and whinging and, and all that component. But I’d love to hear from you as somebody who was such art in calorie counter. How did you start stepping away from that? Was it over? I mean, I know you were like, really nicely talked about here, you know, detailed your, your history and your story. But how did you approach that mindset of going from like, a calorie counter who was really rigid about those things? To not be that way? Because there’s that element of control? Right? Yeah. How did you break away from that?

Caitlin Ball
Yeah, I think the first the first part was that I was really ready. I knew in my heart that it wasn’t working, I knew that there must be another way because I got a glimpse of it from seeing the people around me. So that I would say really was the first thing that helped me. And another part is that I am I’m generally very trusting person almost to trusting my husband, I am very opposite in that way. And we balance each other out which is good, but the good thing about that for me with intuitive eating was the fact that I trusted the coach that was telling me what to do. And I trusted her process and what I mean it was the intuitive eating process just general but trusting the process helped me know or helped me just be able to keep going even when I was like wait, I don’t feel better. You know, after a couple of weeks of eating whatever I wanted, I was like I don’t feel so great right now. What am I doing wrong? And then going back to the coach I was working with and her saying okay now so you can start adding in some foods that do make you feel good. Now that you’ve kind of changed your mindset around these other foods and started allowing them again so that really helped and I think the biggest thing you know I’m I was a finance major like and I have a very visual memory so I like you I know that calorie count still to this day. I know the points and all that stuff. And I ice thing, the best thing for me was relating finally relating this eating food to how I was feeling and then realizing that that’s a much better indicator than calories ever will be. Because I, I would do these, I would do Weight Watchers and I would eat the right amount of calories for an extended period of time, but I was still eating, you know, these hundred-calorie snack packs or all these like, foods that I didn’t even like that much, but I ate them because they were, they were allowed. And it wasn’t that many calories. But I didn’t necessarily even lose the weight being in that. Eating those kinds of foods because my body didn’t necessarily like them. My body. My body wanted real ice cream when it wanted to eat something sweet. And then it wanted a salad later, I don’t know, he’s just, you know, more of a variety of foods and not what am I trying to say here, I just, I feel like I realized that the calorie counting wasn’t actually doing anything for me. And the much better indicator was eating something, seeing how it made me feel, and then going from there and seeing what food I needed next after that. So it’s much easier for me to just see calories and be like, oh, that doesn’t mean anything. Because I know for a fact that I eat way more calories than any diet ever told me to do. And I feel great in my body. So that’s the only thing I need to think about. So I think that’s been the biggest help for me.

Steph Gaudreau
Love that. Yeah. And I love that, you mentioned that you’re a finance major, just like all about numbers and data. And quantify quantifying everything. And I think that there are definitely people who will relate to that, who are that, you know, sort of logical, analytical mind and

Caitlin Ball
Exactly, yeah, it should work this way. But it doesn’t. When it comes to food like your body actually knows it doesn’t have to be quantified.

Steph Gaudreau
Right, right. One of the biggest fears people have when they’re starting intuitive or mindful eating is that they’re never going to stop eating the foods that they’ve restricted. I think there’s even if it’s not a conscious thought process or fear, there’s that unconscious or subconscious idea that if I have I know, I’ve been not allowing myself these foods, and what’s gonna happen when I allow them or I’ve felt out of control with these foods before. And I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to stop How do you help your clients ease into that process? When they’re trying to make peace with food?

Caitlin Ball
Definitely, there’s so there’s I usually gauge the client and their anxiety levels because I’d say the higher anxiety clients, the ones that have a lot of fear against gaining weight, it’s really hard for them to just like completely stop restricting food, eat all the foods at once that they’ve ever restricted like that, that just causes more anxiety to them. So for them, I suggest you know, adding just those adding just maybe one food a day that’s been formally restricted. And do that for a while. And then you see kind of, oh, okay, this is okay. We’re doing okay, here. It’s not anything’s crazy, and then keep adding from there. And then clients that are, you know, where I was just so ready to be done with diets that I, I was like, Okay, let’s just eat all the food and I ate pizza and bread and pasta and ice cream and all the things all the time for the first couple of weeks. And that was fun for me. I’d say my process went a little faster, but it was also because I was more ready when I started. So that’s a little bit just kind of depends on where you are starting and your tolerance. For Yeah, the anxiety levels that you have in general, but I would say you have to keep going even when you feel like you’re never going to want to stop eating this food because you will want to stop eating this food. Not forever. But you know I ate a lot of ice cream those first couple of weeks because I had restricted ice cream. So, so long, and then I started not feeling good. And I started getting pimples all over my face. And I realized that ice cream and I were not meant to be friends on a daily basis, we were more meant to be friends every week. So I came to that conclusion from my own place that way from my knowing mind knowing rather than somebody else telling me that and you will come to that place too, and some clients are like, but I still don’t crave vegetables, what’s wrong with me, and you’re not necessarily going to crave vegetables, but you will crave feeling good in your body. And that’s when you can start relating vegetables and whole grains, or whatever it is, that makes you feel good to want to add it in because you want to feel better. And then, you know, then all of a sudden, it’s like, oh, I like this, because it makes me feel good. And you start relating it. And then you also on the opposite side, stopped liking foods, because of how they make you feel, you know, I went through a long period where I realized oh my gosh, I don’t even like donuts because they feel so heavy in my body. And I really don’t like this heavy feeling that they give me. And so I didn’t eat donuts for a long time, because I was just relating them to that, that negative feeling. So once you do stop restricting, it does, you know might take longer than then you want to do it is trying sometimes you do have to test your patience a little bit. But you will start to notice how these foods make you feel. And you will be able to start listening to your body a lot better, and then be able to make changes from there.

Steph Gaudreau
I love that. Earlier, you mentioned that you enrolled in yoga teacher training. And it was a way for you to start to begin that process of like be more aware of your body. What are some of your favorite ways to introduce your clients to this idea of noticing what’s happening in the body be more aware of the messages that your body is sending you?

Caitlin Ball
Yeah. I think one of the biggest things that helped me when I was first starting out and that I suggest clients to is to just start making notes throughout your day of you know, it’s not a food journal, not it’s not a calorie counting journal. I did many of those. And I think that’s why I ended up started. That’s why I did it when I first started intuitive eating. But what I did was started making notes, of how I felt throughout the day, how my body felt how my energy levels felt if I got a stomach ache, how my mood was all those different kinds of things. And I’m even writing down the foods that I ate that day. But yeah, like I said, not having to deal with calories. No shame around it, it was more like, I ate this food. And then this is how my day work type of thing. And I think that’s a good way to start noticing because you start to notice patterns, because it’s actually written down because it’s so easy to just be like, Oh, well I have a stomachache today and not ever relate it back to what you ate. But if you have it written down that, oh, I had a stomach ache today and then two weeks later, you have a stomach ache again and you realize it was because you had a creamy pasta dish both those days, then you know, okay, maybe the composter is not for me. But then it’s also the same with movement. You know, how do you feel on the days that you do move your body just, I mean for me right now even. I, I’m in California and so there are all these fires going on, unfortunately, and we’ve been stuck inside and so I was so used to just having a lot more walking throughout my day. But we can’t do that right now with the air quality. So I started just my mood started getting really bad. I mean being stuck inside is trying for anybody whether you’re moving or not. But I realized that I had to do some movement first thing every morning to make myself feel better because I was just feeling grouchy and feeling lethargic and overly emotional and all that kind of thing. So nowadays, I’ve just been doing 10 to 20 minutes of yoga every single morning. Just now. Making sure I can fit it in, because I know that’s going to help me. So sometimes just noticing the negative is what can help you make changes. And that like in my yoga teacher training that I was talking about the biggest body awareness thing that happened for me was, we had these three or five-day training where it was like eight hours a day, and we did a lot of yoga in that amount of time. And I realized I had to eat a certain way to have enough energy to go through that day. And to be comfortable in my body, you know, if I was gonna make some eat something that made me bloated, that would be really uncomfortable while I’m in all these different yoga positions. And so yeah, I think just take it at first writing things down. So you can, you can actually go back to it and start to figure it out. Because it’s not, you know, now it comes more naturally to me when I have a bad week. And I’m like, what, what happened this week? What can I do to change next week? But, but that’s after kind of training myself to listen to my body. So So at first I, I tell my clients and suggest to anybody listening to this just to write some things down of how you’re feeling and, and what you’re eating, how you’re moving and see how those things help or, or maybe don’t help you.

Steph Gaudreau
love that. That’s gonna be really helpful. This getting into that, that curiosity mode, that that observation mode. And you’re re sometimes you don’t have that recall? I mean, what did I eat last Tuesday at noon? I have no idea. Right? Yeah, having some sort of a record that can help you connect the dots can be really helpful. I think to a lot of times we I mean, like you mentioned fires in Northern California, I mean, the election, and just everything that’s happening right now, stress work from home, virtual schooling, racial tensions, like there’s just so much happening in the world, that oftentimes, we sometimes make connections back to food as being the culprit of how we feel. But there could be other things happening as well. that are the ones that are making that major impact. So all that sort of like n=1 information is really helpful.

Caitlin Ball
Yeah, I think. Yeah, don’t. And I see so much stuff right now about well, how your diet culture stuff about how you’re eating and is why you feel bad, blah, blah, blah. So you’re gonna, on the radio, I hear this thing for the juice cleanse all the time. And I’m like, this is what’s gonna make you feel better because of COVID. And there’s so many factors to how you feel because of this pandemic and everything that’s going on in the world right now that do not have to do with food. So juice cleanse is not going to solve all your problems. I know that, uh, yeah, this past month has been the hardest month for me and just having being stuck inside so much. And I have a three-year-old and I’m pregnant right now. And so just like, it feels very claustrophobic at times. And, you know, I was feeling bad, I just set my appointment with my therapist, and it doesn’t have anything to do with food. But I need to talk to somebody about this and need to, to work through my emotions because that’s what’s making me lethargic. Right now. It’s not, it’s not any certain food that’s making me lethargic right now. It’s my emotional stress right now, you know, such a great point.

Steph Gaudreau
And when you think about your kiddos, three or three years old and one almost here,

Caitlin Ball
Yes.

Steph Gaudreau
How do you think about legacy and the work that you’re doing with regard to these young souls?

Caitlin Ball
Yeah, it’s funny because I’m having another boy and I always wanted a girl and I thought, you know, this is gonna be good, I’m gonna be able to teach her everything I know and, and razor body confident. But I think raising body confident boys is going to be really beneficial, but also raising boys that do not treat women any differently because of their body size is going to be really important too. And that’s something that you know, I’ve already been instilling in my son’s is intuitive eating and what intuitive eating and making sure that I compliment him on a variety of things. You know, if I ever say Oh, that outfit looks so cute or something. I’m also saying, Wow, you did an amazing art project today and you are so creative and do it. A combination of those things, because if you’re only ever getting excited when your child is dressed up, or you know, looks good, like I feel like so many compliments come in the form of, of how you look. And that is something that I do not want to do in front of him. And I also don’t want to only talk to see, have him see me talk to other moms about Oh, you look so great today, did you lose weight, like, I don’t want him to see me doing those kinds of things. Because then he will think that that’s something that’s important, and I don’t want it. And it’s not important. So. So I want him to see from my actions see me leading by example. But then also with the food. I’ve been, you know, we’re trying intuitive eating with him, I actually even purchased a course to teach kids about intuitive eating. Because at first, I thought, Oh, this is so easy when he’s too. And then his food preferences changed. And then I was like, Wait, how do I do? How do I navigate this? I still want him to eat vegetables, but I don’t want to force it upon him. And so I’ve been learning about how to teach kids intuitive eating. And the coolest thing for me to watch is, is for him to just not care about dessert. Sometimes he’s really excited about it. Because he wants it. And then the other day, I was like, Cobra, do you want to go get some ice cream with me? Like, no, not right now. Maybe later. It’s just like, not a big deal to him. Because I haven’t made it a big deal. And I haven’t restricted it either. You know, I don’t necessarily. You get as a parent, you get to control what you offer. But I don’t restrict it. So that’s been nice because I do see other kids that are kind of crazy about chocolate and, and sweets because they don’t get them very often and still working on the vegetables for him. But yeah, there’s more work to be done. But I’m just glad to know that so far. He can take it or leave it whatever it is. All that?

Steph Gaudreau
Well, this has been super fun to get to chat with you, Caitlin. I really appreciate your perspective, sharing your personal story, how you’re working on impacting your community, and your future legacy and your little ones in your family. And I know that this is going to resonate with so many people. Let us know how people can connect with you more they want to find out more about you and what you offer. Where can they go?

Caitlin Ball
Yeah, for sure. Love to be on here with you. And the best place to find me if you’re here you like podcasts, so you can go check out my podcast as well, Steph’s gonna be on soon. It’s called Quit Dieting For Good. And you can just head to Instagram. I’m there a lot too, at @CaitlinBallHealth. And that’s a good place to find me or just my website, CaitlinBall.com.

Steph Gaudreau
Wonderful. I’ll link all that in the show notes so folks can go and explore. Thanks so much for being part of the podcast. We wish you all the best with your new life training your family very soon, and I can’t wait to talk to you in the future.

Caitlin Ball
Thank you so much. Thanks for having me. I loved chatting with you. Thanks.

Steph Gaudreau
All right, that’s a wrap on this episode of the podcast with intuitive eating coach Caitlin Ball. I hope that if you are someone who is thinking about leaving the strict calorie counting behind that this show gave you some hope, and gave you some tips and insight that this is not only possible for you, but that you can succeed. At this, you can succeed at walking away from the strictness and all of the mental time and energy that it takes to quantify your food down to the nitty-gritty detail. To find out all about the show notes for this episode, go to StephGaudreau.com. While you’re there, click on the insider’s tab. I want you to really think about how do I have the support that I need to make intuitive eating part of my life to really embody it to really start doing it, reading a book, or even listening to a podcast like this. It’s wonderful. It gives you lots of information, but you have to practice it. And when you are going to make that choice to practice you do need support. So come and join us. Don’t wait until after the new year. We’re here for you right now. And we would love to welcome you, StephGaudreau.com/Insider. Make sure you stay tuned for Episode 311 I’ll be welcoming another guest and incredible woman who is setting her sights on helping others with mind, body, and swagger. Until then, Be well.

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