Sunday, March 24, 2013
I took a challenge yesterday to try eating intuitively and share my experience. One premise of intuitive eating is that the body left to its own devices seek a state of healthy balance. Part of the logic is that babies and animals seem to know when and how much to eat to meet their physical needs.
However, I was an overweight child and apparently a rotund baby. So my point of healthy balance was apparently higher than the ideal. Is this a problem? I didn't used to think so. I though it was okay to be borderline obese. Besides the balance within a body, there are other kinds of balance.
One is seasonal balance. As far as animals go, many consume massive amounts of calories during times of plenty and then live off it over the times of cold or drought. Another balance involves the needs of a gene pool to have some traits circulating in a population which might be deleterious to an individual but provide chances of survival to the pool. Efficient metabolisms and preference for high calorie foods could be among these.
I'm not positive these do or don't apply to me. I just don't long for a day I don't have to track my food. But I'm also willing to conduct the occasional experiment of intuitive eating. I do believe that a lot of the American food supply is not compatible with the ideal of intuitive eating. It has been processed and strategically developed to foster over consumption and dependency. It's a dance between the food producers and consumers. And I don't just mean cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper or bleached flour. Corn and apples, bacon and cheese are so far removed from what our ancestors ate.
But I'm still in a place of tracking to make sure I get enough. I'm still nursing, and I'm trying to build muscle.