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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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    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.
    1868 days ago
    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.
    1869 days ago
    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.
    1869 days ago
    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?
    1869 days ago
    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.
    1870 days ago
    I agree. What is important is that you think. Great blog!!!!
    1870 days ago
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