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Thinking like a thin person, or using intuition.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I was thinking this morning about how reading Beck's book about thinking like a thin person had a negative effect on me. The book had some real pearls of wisdom, some of which I still try to remember in my daily like - but overall, looking back I think I did not cope with it as a lifestyle choice for me. It was after this that I felt the most out of control.

Now I am trying to practice Intuitive Eating, and I was reflecting this morning on why I feel so much happier and relaxed, and a realisation came to me.

Beck tried to teach me how to think, whilst Intuitive Eating just teaches me to think.

How I think is personal to me - it takes into account all my history, personal experience, personality, upbringing etc. Sure, I can adapt how I think, but I am not sure I can turn the process on its head.

What is important is that I think.
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PATTYKLAVER 1/13/2013 1:45PM

    Sometimes a concept in a book is all wrong for us. But it's got you thinking, and that's a good thing. Go with what you feel is right.

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MANDELOVICH 1/12/2013 10:26AM

    Interesting. I found Beck too focused on the negative - dieting is hard, too bad, get over it, all that talk made me turned off. I like Renee Stephen's approach to focus on the pleasure of feeling well, eating well, exercising - that that path makes one feel better over time so it's actually easy.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/12/2013 8:02AM

    I understand completely. I intuitively know what I should eat, but it has never stopped me from ignoring it. I need a different kind of help with that.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/12/2013 7:10AM

    I never read the book by Beck, but agree with your conclusion!
Seriously, the premise is a little goofy.........that thin people think alike and that's what leads them to be thin?

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IMREITE 1/12/2013 2:16AM

    We like to search for the one size fits all ideas and programs, but the fact is how we live our lives is a personal thing and we need to think and act in a way that works for us as an individual.

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JANTWO 1/12/2013 12:45AM

    I agree. What is important is that you think. Great blog!!!!

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