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"Normal Eating"

Friday, April 04, 2014


“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful. Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be undereating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.

In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings.”

-Ellyn Satter
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SNOWKC 7/8/2014 6:52PM

    I really appreciate this quote. I think a lot more time is spent talking about what is NOT normal eating, or what is disordered eating, than what is normal. It's hard to work towards normal eating without really knowing what that might look like. Thanks for this!

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ENDUROVET 6/27/2014 12:03PM

    Amen to this sistah - if nothing else at least I can say my eating falls much more within the "normal" range than it did when I "Sparked" up 4 yrs ago...


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