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Intuitive Eating

Hello!  Long time, no write, right?  December has been crazy, but I think it is for most people.

Despite the busy schedule, I’ve managed to read quite a bit.  One of the books that I recently finished is called Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.  Intuitive eating is an anti-diet approach to eating.  Intuitive eating involves listening to your body and learning to eat for health rather than for weight loss. 

If you are a chronic dieter or you suffer from an eating disorder, I would highly recommend this book.  If you are someone who puts the food you eat into a “good” or “bad” category, you should read this book.  If you deprive yourself of certain foods or adhere to a restricted diet, this book is for you.  If you walk in a room and automatically start comparing the size of your waistline to others around you, then this book is definitely for you!

I got a few tidbits of wisdom from this book.  First of all, it validated that I have developed a lot of healthy habits over the years, more than I often give myself credit for, including some intuitive eating behaviors.  Secondly, I realized that I exhibit some behaviors that are unhealthy, including the following:

  1.  I tend to categorize foods as either “good” or “bad”.
  2.  I’ve restricted myself from certain foods.
  3.  I get upset when the number on the scale goes up.
  4.  I ignore my hunger cues and then I get hangry and scarf down any food that is in my line of vision.
  5.  If I go more than a few days without exercise, I feel that all of my progress was for nothing.
  6.  When I look in the mirror, I wish I was thinner.
  7.   I constantly compare myself to others.

However, if I’m completely honest with myself, I demonstrate healthy behaviors as well:

  1.  Even though I don’t always make healthy choices, when I do eat junk food, I don’t binge.  I can stop at one cookie or one piece of cake.  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten an entire pint of ice cream in one sitting or eaten an entire bag of chips.
  2. I make more healthy choices than not.  Most of my meals consist of whole, plant-based foods.
  3. I stay pretty active, even if I don’t formally work out every day.  I have a standing desk at work and I take frequent walks.
  4.  So far (knock on wood), I haven’t had any major illnesses and don’t take any medications.  I don’t get sick with minor illnesses very often.

What I took away from this book is that I need to listen to my body more carefully.  It will tell me what it wants.  The more I try to tell myself that I’m not allowed to have something, the more it messes with my mind.  The more restrictions I put on myself, the more it will backfire.  I need to learn to accept and love myself, not based on the foods I eat and the amount of exercise I do, but because I’m worthy regardless.  When I eat a food, I need to pay attention to how it makes me feel.  When I’m presented with food, I need to ask myself if I’m truly hungry.  After all, isn’t a food more enjoyable when you feel hungry and you savor it in lieu of inhaling it or eating it even though you’re not hungry?

Listen, I won’t be perfect.  No one is perfect.  And that’s okay.  It’s not the end of the world if I eat too much or drink too much.  Most days I don’t overindulge.

Finally, I simply must stop comparing myself to others.  I’m beautiful, strong, and healthy.

For those in the back of the room, let me just repeat that:  I’m beautiful, strong, and healthy.

So no more challenging myself to not have this or not have that.  No more 30-day challenges to do something every day and then feel like a failure when I don’t meet the challenge.  No more giving myself pats on the back for restricting my diet and losing a few pounds.  That shit isn’t going to fly anymore.

I’m giving myself pats on the back every day simply for being alive and loving myself and the life I have.

I challenge – no wait, sorry.  I encourage you to do the same.

May your glass always be full,

Tammy

 

 

7 thoughts on “Intuitive Eating

  1. I have read the book or parts of it. It made sense but it didn’t really help me lose weight which I admit was my reason for reading it. I just thought weight loss or rather getting to my healthy weight shouldn’t be complicated. Calorie counting or macros is just too much like work for me.

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