Wednesday, November 21, 2012
As I have been reading and processing the book, Intuitive Eating, I have had a few thoughts that I felt would be worthwhile sharing.
1) Why are we so worried about gaining weight when we eat intuitively? Isn't it just as logical (or perhaps illogical) that we could be just as worried that we will lose weight? Perhaps we will start skipping meals and losing our appetite, not eat enough to maintain a normal weight? Perhaps our immune systems will be depleted and we will become weak and sickly? My guess is that we worry about gaining weight (fat) because we do not trust ourselves. We have been so roped in by all the rules that we fear or own ability. We have denied ourselves freedom for so long that we doubt if we can handle it, that we will go out of control in overcompensating ourselves for what we have been denied and just stuff food in our mouths willy nilly. We will get out of control because we have been suppressed for so long.
2) In reading the part about nutrition, I have a little problem with her the idea of labelling food as "play food" or "fun food". To me, the authors just use this as a euphemism for junk food, a term which they try to avoid. It seems to me unwise to divide food into categories of "nutritious" vs. something else. I object to the dichotomy and see food more as a blend or combination of nutrients. If we need to categorize nutrition, it seems a continuum would make more sense. I see the dichotomy as contradictory to some of the principles outlined up to that point in the book, especially that we are to consider all foods equal.
I just think you can't have it both ways of saying that all foods are equal and then start downplaying and limiting some because of apparently questionable food value.
3) I also object to the use of the word "play" and "fun" for what was formerly labelled as junk food on the grounds that it is misleading. This, to me, gives a negative connotation to the word play and fun. I am putting an increasingly high priority on pleasure from food, movement, and life.... in fact, using it as one of my guiding principles. To me, play and fun
are types of pleasure. I would say that eating food period can be fun and you can make eating playful. Play and fun have more to do with someone's personality and attitude than they do with anything else. I don't see play and fun as anything that we should limit. Aren't artichokes fun to eat? Isn't it fun to peel shrimp? Isn't it fun to make make faces in oatmeal with raisins? Isn't eating delicious food and savoring it the whole idea? Calling the rare "treats" that we allow ourselves as play food or fun food implies that everything else, foods that the authors consider nutritious food is the everyday, boring, routine food.
I guess the authors would say......OK, fine........then just call it another word that you can handle. I would say......why divide food into groups at all.
4) I am a little baffled and misled by the choice of the word "intuitive" when naming this way of eating. For me, intuitive gets intertwined with psychic phenomena and ESP, which I do believe in, by the way, but not really as a guide for food choices.
I just wouldn't have chosen this word.