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Intuitive Eating - an embarrassing anecdote


Monday, November 26, 2012

On the weekend, we stayed with my parents. A great weekend. Lots of mountain biking, including one with my husband whilst the kids were with their grandparents.

Mum and Dad love to have family to stay, and it often involves presenting cakes, chocolates, biscuits, etc for our enjoyment.

Sunday afternoon we have a fresh & tasty barbecue lunch, which was lovely. Then mum produced a 'Boston Bun' to have with a cup of tea afterwards. I love Boston bun (a bun with sultanas in it, iced with a kind of fake creamy icing and sprinkled with coconut - spread with butter of course). So I took a slice whilst the tea was being made. I really enjoyed it, especially as I was hungry after a challenging MT bike ride. There were a few slices left on the platter.

Anyway - Mum got distracted making the tea, and one of the kids needed attention, and then my sister was leaving. In the confusion, my sister's dog jumped up on the table and stole a piece of bun. Boston Bun! Criminal dog!

Anyway - growled at the dog, said goodbye to my sister then cleared the table.
And there I am looking very closely at the remaining pieces of bun to see if there was any evidence that the dog had touched them. Did I tell you that I love Boston Bun? I really think that the dog just got one piece and did not touch the others.

WHAT? What am I thinking? That it might be worth getting dog germs in order to have one more piece of delicious Boston Bun. (I can't believe that I am admitting this)
Then I remembered the Intuitive Eating philosophy. I can eat anything I want - right? So if I really want a Boston Bun, I can go down to the shop right now, or tomorrow, or every day for the next 3 weeks and buy a whole Boston Bun all to myself, and not share it with anyone - certainly not my sister's naughty dog.

This is exactly what Intuitive Eating is talking about - that is not the last piece of Boston Bun in the world (if it was, I would have eaten it) - so let go of the 'last meal' mentality, and throw the bun in the rubbish.

I am certainly not giving it to the dog,
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WENDYJM4 11/27/2012 6:21PM

    good way of thinking

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A*L*P* 11/27/2012 7:13AM

    Tee hee! MAn alive, I have been there! I had a good laugh from your blog! Too cute, but I do think you made the right choice! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/26/2012 5:54PM

    This reminds me of the time I was tempted to eat potato chips out of the trash bin on the golf course . . .. I really really love potato chips too!!

Clearly the IE approach is working for ya!

I can tell from your wallpaper you're a cross country ski fan -- I'll think of you from time to time when I'm out there! Proud to say: no aches today after a tough slog yesterday so I must be in some kinda shape!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2012 1:59PM

    Thanks for sharing. I can definitely relate. You are doing just great! It is hard to throw away yummy food that looks okay, but your reasoning is solid. Your actions commendable. Good going!!

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KANSASROSE67 11/26/2012 1:19PM

    Great blog! I believe you are spot on in your thinking!

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RHEYNKLW 11/26/2012 12:50PM

    It wasn't Boston (Bun) Terrier, was it?
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BETHGILLIGAN 11/26/2012 8:23AM

    I love this story and wish I would think this way more often! I've read about intuitive eating but hearing your story helps me to see it in action. Thank you!! I need to put this in my memory bank!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/26/2012 8:08AM

    This is a really cute story with a good lesson. To me, it shows how situational intuitive eating is. It also shows that throughout each day when we are called upon to make a decision regarding food, we can make the right decision for ourselves .
IE can also be interesting, entertaining, an adventure and fun (funny?).

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CELIAMINER 11/26/2012 7:56AM

    "Last meal mentality." I like that term. When I was on vacay, it seemed like every day I ate like there was no tomorrow. I'll practice telling myself, "This is not your last meal. Don't eat like it is."

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PHEBESS 11/26/2012 4:30AM

    LOL - and you made the right decision!

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TRISHASPARKLES 11/26/2012 1:45AM

    Loved this post. Thanks for sharing.

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/26/2012 1:36AM

  Great advice and easy enough to accomplish!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 11/26/2012 1:34AM

    I like this way of thinking!

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