Saturday, August 13, 2011

Intuitive Eating

At the recommendation of a dietician, I've been reading a book called, Intuitive Eating.  This way of eating is, in a word, revolutionary.  Now let me tell you two things.  First, I've been a Weight Watcher member since 1999.  Second, this isn't a joe-shamoe dietician.  She works at an eating disorder clinic and specializes in helping people who have an unhealthy relationship with food. This book, Intuitive Eating, is the basis for their nationally renown program.  I kid you not.

The dietician recommended beginning reading it on Chapter 7.  She feels that this one is a crucial first step.  This chapter gives you permission to eat whatever you want. Cool, no?  Anything.  If you like it, it's allowed.  There is no more "good food"  verses "bad food", it's all just food.  Food shouldn't be moralized.  And this is a big key between intuitive eaters and those of us that diet.  Intuitive eaters don't have foods that are off-limits.

By doing that, nothing becomes binge-worthy.  If you're not saying to yourself, "I CAN'T have this chocolate cake"  then you never get to, "This will be the LAST time I eat chocolate cake"  which, of course, leads to, "Since this is the last time, I'd better eat it while I've got it!"

It's like stepping off a roller coaster that really never was any fun.  The big truth I've learned is, I don't have to eat myself to oblivion since it's the "last time."  I can have (fill in the blank) again.  Anytime I want.

1 comment:

Daphne Cohn said...

As an Intuitive Eating Counselor, I just want to wish you the very best on this journey. So happy you're on it!


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