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can someone explain "Intuitive Eating" to me?


Thu. Mar 13, 9:17am

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Instead of being driven by external cues or rules (like it's "lunch time" or rules of your current diet), intuitive eating involves focusing on your body cues for hunger and eating until you are just short of full (not Thanksgiving full either). It involves a lot of tuning in. eating slowly and following cues for what your body wants. I add on another variable...sticking with "real food" and avoiding processed stuff.

I am not very good at it. Years of dieting and eating at proscribed times have made it challenging to tune in. It's my long term goal though as I get closer to my ideal weight. I presently use a set of loosely self-defined guidelines to get there and I try to avoid getting hungry so I don't binge eat. I go through periods of trying to focus that way though. I think it is a valuable way to think about food.

Eastern cultures have a lot of folk wisdom based on this principle. It is built into the culture and ultimately it seems that is one of the things that needs to happen. We learn our relationship with food from the people we live with and the major culture. Somehow I think turning off the TV will be a major component to tuning in this way.

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:16 AM

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interesting, thank you very much. I think the idea that "dieting" might mess up our ability to eat in a more healthy and natural manner is an interesting one.

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:24 AM

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I didn't understand intuitive eating either. I had always wished that I could be one of those people who eats when they are hungry, stops when they are full. You know, normal. I thought maybe my body chemistry was just "messed up". I thought I'd be counting calories for the rest of my life-or end up fat.

But then, I replaced all of my "white foods" with whole grains/unprocessed sugars (even my "junk" food). I focus on whole foods and a balanced meal. I've been eating "intuitively" for 16 days now. I don't count calories. I don't EVER feel deprived. My body tells me when to eat and what it's hungry for. I have already lost 3 more lbs.

The books that I've read that have changed my life forever are:
"You: On a Diet" and "Skinny Bitch".

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:31 AM

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I don't understand that at all, my intuition tells me to go to Burger King and get a Tripple Whopper with Cheese value meal, that way if there is a famine I can just eat myself. Forget intuition - diet is all about NOT listening to what your body wants!

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:51 AM

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11:16 did you say turn off the TV? - amen (my home has been TV free for 10 years) - Go outside and play!

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:53 AM

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PP, you brought up a good point that I left out! You have to break the chain of poor eating first. This can take a few weeks or a couple months. Then you won't be craving things like burger king.

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:54 AM

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Great Thread! Great Input! Great People!

A pleasure to read this one.

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 1:20 PM

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