Many of you know that I have been nibbling around the edges (pun intended) of the Intuitive Eating philosophy. Today I have to tell you that I am about to plunge head first in - on the basis of an interview I just heard.
Being interviewed is Elyse Resch, one of the authors of the Intuitive Eating book.
I don't want to tempt anyone away from their current eating system - if tracking and following the SP principles is working for you, you should continue.
What I found was that I was not feeling good about my relationship with food. It was becoming obsessive - and I was going through a control/out of control cycle. This interview really hit a cord (or several) with me.
What did she have to say that caught my attention?
* That some people develop disordered eating after being on a diet. (The regular binges that have only started since I lost weight)
* There are 'white knucklers' - those who appear on the outside to have it all together. They eat well, they exercise regularly . . . . but they are 'white knuckling it' - on edge the whole time. (Ring any bells? Maintaining for 12 months, but still bingeing on breakfast cereal every week or so)
* That research demonstrates that toddlers naturally practice intuitive eating - it is a skill we are born with that we lose through conditioning (I see this with my kids - do you want another pancake? no . . . can I have an apple?)
* The analogy of the french fries - if we tell ourselves that we can have fries anytime we wish, then once they go cold, or after we've had a few, we will stop - it is the mentality that we aren't allowed to have it, so we should gobble them all up, even the burnt, cold, greasy ones.
* The fact that every body has its own natural size - and that trying to maintain weight below that may lead to feelings of deprivation. (This is HUGE for me - I am currently 58kg, a weight I have not been for about 15+ years. In 2005 when I travelled around Australia for a year I lost weight to 64kg - and maintained it until I got pregnant in 2007. This was my initial goal - but SP made me see I could lose more than that. Is it possible I can be just as happy, healthy, fit etc at 64kg (a BMI of 21.6) as I can at 58 (a BMI of 19.6)?)
So, I am going to step away from the scale - put maintenance on the back burner. Focus on what is really important to me. Feeling good in myself, feeling fit and strong, being good to myself, focusing on the important things in life.
Oh, and buy the book!