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Clean Eating vs Intuitive Eating

Friday, March 01, 2013

These are the two methods I keep bouncing back and forth between.

Intuitive eating:

Pros:
Is fun!
Feel free and more relaxed
Did help cut down on binging
Lost 20 lbs doing this only half way over several months
Probably good example for 3 year old son

Cons:
Not a quick fix
Don't know if it will help cholesterol, reflux, fibro - only time will tell
Hard to focus enough to fully embrace process because of busy life demands (Hello 3 year old!)

Clean eating:

Pros:
Fast progress
Helps with cholesterol
Felt healthy and good when I did it in the past

Cons:
Hit a wall after doing for over a year in the past - couldn't stand watching everyone else eating stuff I "couldn't" have all the time
Seem to only make it a few days now before binging like crazy
(Just tried to start again eating clean again and I've gained 4 lbs back in binges)
Hard to really do because of busy life demands (He's a cute 3 year old!)

I'm sure there are more, but I'm having a major fibro fog this morning and keep losing my train of thought. Sorry.

I keep feeling pressure to eat clean because of cholesterol and just get the weight off so I can feel better NOW. Intuitive eating by definition is a slow process of redefining how you look at things and growing over time into what you're supposed to be. But then I think about how much my foot still hurts and maybe it would heal if I lose more weight faster. But I flat out can't seem to do clean eating anymore and I'm actually GAINING weight! Ugh

It's almost like mentally I think I should do clean eating, but emotionally I feel like I have to do intuitive eating. Talk about a mixed package! Nothing like a pull in two opposite directions.

It helps to write it out. Anyone on a teeter totter with me?

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/3/2013 1:58PM

    I now practice mindful eating, but I naturally eat clean, it isn't an effort for me. So I was a bit surprised to see you opposed the two. For me, what is important is to never feel deprived. If I feel I am on a diet, then I go back to overeating and, ultimately, binge eating. So I include foods that are special treats from time to time. Where the mindful eating comes in is that I enjoy every bite of them and take my time to savour them. Then I always stop to eat when I am not hungry anymore.
I hope you'll find a balance that works for you!

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ROSE-GARDEN 3/1/2013 6:32PM

    Thanks everyone! Jacard, you are so right. I'm doing the all or nothing thinking again. Darn it!

Thanks for setting me straight. Okay, deep breath. emoticon

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PRINCESSAMY 3/1/2013 1:37PM

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KIMBERLY19732 3/1/2013 12:22PM

    Agree with Jacard :)

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DIANA3BANANA 3/1/2013 12:17PM

    Sounds like JACARD is on to something there, great advice!

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JACARD 3/1/2013 12:13PM

  Can you try intuitive eating with a focus on eating cleanER? You're not going to be able to stick with something that makes you feel deprived but clean eating isn't really an either/or -- it's a continuum. Celebrate the small victories and leave room for slip-ups.

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