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Intuitive Eating and a physical problem

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I have been learning about intuitive eating and becoming more aware of my eating habits and preferences. I am still in the experimental stage and experiencing new foods.
I am trying some different ones in light of the fact that I am experiencing quite a bit of bloating, gas, tummy aches and constipation. I also have GERD and take medication for that.
I have had this issue throughout my life and am not quite sure what is precipitating it right now, but I am working through it. I do not think it has anything to do with the process of Intuitive Eating, but rather think that IE will be a tool and help me work through it.

The new foods that I am purposefully trying are known to be more gut friendly and enhancing. Plus, there are some foods that I have and will observe that are triggers or seem harder to digest, but are very fine foods otherwise for other people. IE has helped me discern which foods seem to be trouble for me....spicy foods, nuts, soda, alcohol.
Cold foods also seem to cause a problem. Right now raw vegetables seem to be a problem.
I will be observing my reactions to other foods in light of this physical problem.

I am also noticing some poor eating habits that I apparently developed at some point in my life. First is the concept that it is a waste of time to sit and eat a meal except for suppertime.
For breakfast and lunch, I would typically grab something out of the fridge that did not require prepapration and required little chewing. I would throw it down quickly. Breakfast was eaten in the car on the way to work and lunch was eaten in the car while doing errands or at my desk while working through lunch. Second was the concept that beverages can fill your tummy while you are doing something else. My beverage of choice was diet soda or coffee, since they had no calories (but did have volume and caffeine). It also seems to me that I used tension as a motivator. I have observed a sense of tension in my gut, sort of a clenching feeling that I can voluntarily relax. As I get older, I find that it is harder to handle stressful situations. Or, maybe I should say, more things seem stressful to me now.

Even though IE says we need to eat slowly and mindfully, savoring the delicious food that we have chosen for ourselves, I continued with some of these poor habits. I realized that I had been throwing down a fairly large volume of hard to digest food, and not doing a very good job of chewing!

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    This might not work with the GERD issue, but I've found that prunes (or "dried plums" as they are now called for those with a little more decorum) help to keep things moving along nicely. I know this isn't a new idea. I'm not talking about the canned ones our grandparents' have used, packaged with the weird juice. These come in a bag. They're not completely dried, so they're soft and still seem kind of fresh. I like them. They're a sweet & natural treat. When I've counted calories, I don't include fruit (Weight Watchers declared it a "free food" a while ago, but dried fruit isn't one of those. Still, "dried plums" are fresh enough & I consider them more medicineal than a food, and because of the way they "work" so well, leaving your system by the next morning, I don't count them.) In light of STONECOT's comment (about fiber content being bad for GERD), dried plums might present more of a problem than a solution for you. (I'm trying to be helpful here, so maybe my comment will benefit someone else.) Until recently popcorn didn't give me any problems. I wonder if it's the fiber there that is causing its recent stomach cramping, awful revenge.

    What does your physician say? Have you tried going to a naturopath?
    In any case, I hope you're feeling better & that you get this solved soon!
    : )
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    Comment edited on: 11/27/2012 4:51:03 PM
    Sounds like you're making some great progress! Keep up the good work!
    1915 days ago
    Very cool- I am working on IR too- listening to my cues, and trying to figure out how I feel when I've eaten. It is tricky! That said, I am still where you are- I have cut down the soda, but I love caffiene. Good luck!!!
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    A lot of people find that the non soluble fibre in raw vegetables, and some vegetables altogether, especially lettuce, can cause a lot of problems. Fruit juices also have a lot of non soluble fibre. Soluble fibre such as that found in porridge oats can be very helpful for both the bloating and the constipation.
    1915 days ago
    It seems to me that this is where Intuitive Eating will really come into its own. Rather than making a decision based on perceived calorie cost of a food, using our bodies own reactions to foods to drive us to make better decisions to keep us feeling good.

    I feel like I am still in the honeymoon phase of IE - I am just allowing myself to eat if I want. I am frequently regretting this - because of how I feel (physically, not emotionally) afterwards.

    I hope you find your triggers and get back to balance.
    1915 days ago
  • A*L*P*
    By learning from your inner cues, your body will definitely guide you inthe right direction on which foods will be okay, which ones will be hard to eat and which ones you will be able to eat in modification. The great thing about IE is the way we learn from ourselves instead of rules imposed upon us from external sources. You're doing amazing!!!

    On a side note.... My husband suffers from GERD and was able to get completely off of meds through dietary changes. He knows which foods he can eat and which ones will throw him into a reaction. I highly recommend apple cider vinegar -- not the fake stuff, but the REAL ACV that has the mother in it (we use BRAGG) as counterproductive as it sounds to take something acidic for GERD, it truly works (Google ACV for GERD it will come back with a TON of info -- not to mention it has a LOT of health benefits associated with ACV I drink it daily, well at least I used to.... need to get more emoticon )

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