Intuitive Eating

Coming to terms with healthy eating.  A wise idea if you want to age with class.  An even wiser idea if one can adopt such a philosophy at a young age.

I just finished the book, Intuitive Eating, by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.  I discovered it on Goodreads.  The reviews were superlative, so I decided to read it.  I found it to be the perfect complement to my last dietbetter.com “diet” as I try and kick ice cream addiction once and for all.

Intuitive Eating rejects dieting, claiming it doesn’t work.  It discusses honoring your hunger, listening to your body with respect to when you are hungry or full and learning how to do so.  It recommends giving yourself “unconditional permission to eat whatever you really like,” and claims that without the feeling of deprivation, your body will regulate itself with respect to eating healthy or “play” foods in balance.  (“play” foods rather than “junk” foods)  It offers approaches to cope with emotions without using food.  It discusses breaking through exercise barriers, thinking of “exercise” as “moving,” and tuning in to how you feel after doing so.  It also includes recommendations for developing healthy attitudes towards food in our children.  The book opens our eyes to the concept of the true enjoyment and savoring of food that we find delicious.  To me, this is the bottom line.

I’ve been able to shift my own approach from guilt-based bingeing on ice cream to the principles mentioned above.  In two weeks, I have lost four pounds without even trying to lose weight.  Soon, I will find my body’s natural weight.  I’m excited to think of what I’ll eat for my next meal, rather than worrying that I might eat too much.  Instead of constant negative thinking, I’m thinking more positively.

The subtitle of this book is “Make Peace with Food,” “Free Yourself from Chronic Dieting Forever,” “Rediscover the Pleasures of Eating.”

This is for me!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Yours in aging with class,
Jane

P.S. Photo above is from manimasuria.com

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4 Responses to Intuitive Eating

  1. Lia Chasen says:

    I like this idea a lot. I will also share it with my sister in law who is always in a state of war with her food and body. Thank you for posting this book.

    • Thanks Lia. Did you ever hear of a diet that worked? I haven’t. This book makes the most sense of anything I’ve read on the topic. Food is meant to be enjoyed and savored. Three cheers for happy eating. 🙂 Love, Jane

  2. Kathy says:

    It sounds good to me. Americans need to forget about dieting and instead begin enjoying food. Thanks for sharing this sensible and helpful idea. Kathy

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