Friday, May 21, 2010
I picked up several books with the phrase "normal eating" in the title recently, hoping to find the true path to help me in the maintenance stage.
They all say some of the same stuff, just spin it with their own orientation. None of it was really enlightening. There were no ah-ho moments.
But, it made me think. 18 months ago when I started this journey, I used food to deal with my emotions. Now, I use food as fuel so I can be active. I am consciously aware of what I eat. I've also learned to listen to my body. If I'm hungry 2 hours after I ate breakfast, I eat. I no longer let the clock determine when or if I eat. I accept that there are some days that I'm simply hungrier than usual. (My keeping notes, I realize this often happens after a day where I expended a great deal more calories than usual.)
That's the job of my body and I need to trust that I've learned enough about healthy eating to put fuel rather than junk into my body.
More importantly, I don't think of any food as off-limits. Food is not good or bad, it simply is. Some is better for me or will allow me to eat more of it for fewer calories, but none of it, not even sugar, is intrinsically bad.
Since I know I can eat anything I want, I can choose not to eat certain things today, knowing that I could make a different choice tomorrow. That's what normal eating is to me.