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Intuitive Eating

Monday, May 31, 2010

Intuitive Eating.

I have heard quite a bit about this on the boards and read a little in an article.

I think it is awesome that so many people will be able to do this and be successful.

Me? Nope. Intuitive eating is what got me to 210 lbs.

I must have lousy intuition! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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CANDYGETNFIT 6/2/2010 1:30PM

    I totally agree with you Linda, at least for me! I must keep a running tally of my calories or the weight comes right back on! count, count, count!!! lol

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SOPHIADARE 6/1/2010 9:56AM

    Different things work for different people, and I say that for everybody, whatever works for them is great.

For those interested in the concept, I would use the word "mindful" and I stress that it is absolutely key never to eat while doing something else. Drink water or, say, lemon verbena tea sweetened only with saccharine or splenda while doing something else? Fine. Eat or drink even green or chamomile tea while doing something else, no. The key to mindful or intuitive eating is that you must be paying attention at every moment that you are consuming a nutrient whether it is satisfying the hunger you're feeling and if not, what would. You must, with mindful eating, eat slowly, focus on the food, and stop frequently to notice whether you're thirsty, because water is important. It must not be used as an excuse for failing to pay attention. It's okay to say, "I'm not there yet," but to say, "I'm doing mindful / intuitive eating instead of keeping track" and then fail to pay attention is cheating yourself. There's no point in that. To say, "the most I can do now is try to be mindful as much as I can, but I know I haven't addressed that part of my program" is a different thing.

In the end, mindful eating can work, and work well, but it's a strategy that requires a special kind of attention: an attention that is every bit as demanding, in its own separate way, as keeping track. Anybody who doesn't realize that is not really using mindful eating. I have seen the words "intuitive eating" but that strikes me as disaster, which is why I keep to the language "mindful," but that's me.

To everyone what works for her or him.

What you're doing is setting a great example of how your strategy can work for people!

Yay Linda!

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BARNABABY1 5/31/2010 9:38PM

    I can't do it either.... my body tells me all kinds of things that it wants, it's just not what it needs!! emoticon

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MONGO2TEN 5/31/2010 9:25PM

    Wish I could do it - I've tried to train myself and the pounds just come right back:(

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CHRISTY60 5/31/2010 9:01PM

    I have to agree with you

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RISSASPIECES 5/31/2010 6:04PM

    LOL I am right there with you.

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MSLZZY 5/31/2010 4:02PM

    Me, neither!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/31/2010 4:00PM

    I'm with you on this one Linda!

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EMMABE1 5/31/2010 3:45PM

    Yup - you are not alone - but then not everything works for everyone!!

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COOLMAMA11 5/31/2010 3:25PM

    Me too, left to my own devices got me to where I am also lol!

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VAMPS351 5/31/2010 2:48PM

    LOL You arnt the only one with lousey intuition then lol

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