Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekend Confessions

I spent time reading Intuitive Eating over the weekend.  I will be honest the book scares me a little, but that's what moving outside of your comfort zone is about, right?  I am only in chapter 4, but so far the idea of being an intuitive eater is to abandon diets (in the sense of restricting foods, calories, or anything) and focus on your body and what it is telling you it needs.

Why is this scary to me?  Well, I have spent years trying to listen to my mind when putting together eating times and meal plans.  This whole listening to my body thing is different.  I like the idea though.  Here are the principles that they list for being an intuitive eater:

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The other part of this concept that is frightening is that for the first phase while you are re-evaluating or repairing your relationship with food you have to be okay with putting any weight loss goals on the back burner.  They should take second seat to this relationship establishment.  How different is that for anyone who is trying to get in shape?

The book indicates that once you have a healthy relationship with food your weight will normalize to a healthy weight.  I like the idea of having a solid relationship with food where I don't feel any guilt for my choices and I don't feel the need to over eat on a type of food because I feel like I will be deprived of it later.

I also really like this idea:


How many times have you felt you are eating something that isn't really satisfying you because you feel like it is the right thing to eat?  I know I do it kind of regularly.

I still have my own opinions that I will use in addition to ideas from the book.  While I would love to have a better no guilt, no deprivation relationship with food, I would also like to eliminate some processed foods and incorporate more whole/clean food choices.  These are changes I was already making in my life.  I plan to still include those.  I do plan (as suggested in the book) to remove the feeling of guilt in all food choice scenarios.  No matter what.  There is no reason we should feel like we do not deserve to eat or to take good care of ourselves.

I hope you have a happy, healthy week!









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6 comments:

  1. What an awesome list!!!! I most connected with 3, 5, 7, and 8. Those are great principles to live by. It took me a long time to cultivate those rules within my eating style. Goodluck to you. These are wise Principles that will take you far on your journey.

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    1. Those are the ones I am concentrating the most on right now!!!

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  2. Good luck with this program! It sounds like a really good idea.

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    1. I am really liking all the thought I am putting into it. I have always felt I needed a better relationship with food...I am hoping this makes a difference.

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  3. I've very interested to hear more about your journey! I read the book last fall and it's been a long process for me, but I'm hoping eventually I'll get there.

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    1. Me too! I am at the beginning, but I have a feeling it will be a long process for me. I am looking forward to a better relationship with food!

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