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Not So Intuitive

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Today's SparkCoach challenge is to eat mindfully and intuitively, not relying on the clock to know when to eat but on your body. I think of intuitive eating as not involving tracking and measuring food, but I was unclear whether I was to track and measure or not.

Today is honestly not a good day for me to do this challenge, as I have 2 little girls to care for and feed, and 6 people for supper who will rely on the clock. I have Crockpot Mexican Chicken cooking away. So I will be as mindful as I can be and next time I have a truly free day I think I'll try just eating when I'm hungry and see how that works for me.

At this point I expect to track my food for the foreseeable future. It takes some effort, but is a small price to pay for me to live life at the weight I love to be!!
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    1906 days ago
    I think this way of eating needs a good sense of hunger. I have seen that how I felt about hunger before, and now, are way not comparable. Now I have a much better sense of how much calories I need, and somehow my hunger got trained, and is much closer to my proper calorie need.

    The same for thirstiness, now I become thirsty much sooner, since I drink more.

    I also track my food as much as I can!
    How do you track yours?
    SP, on paper, on the desktop, on the phone or table?
    1907 days ago
    I usually cannot hear my body for all the emotions crowding it out. I have to stick with tracking...
    1907 days ago
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    1907 days ago
    I might be able to intuitively keep within calorie range by eating only when hungry, but I could never manage proper nutrients without tracking. Then again, I love tracking and don't have any good reason to ever stop.

    I agree that this is probably not a good day to try it.
    1907 days ago
    oh my, I'm demonstrated for myself over and over again that intuitively what I do is . . . eat too much!!
    1907 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/3/2013 5:23:09 PM
    I love your blogs... Always food for thought.

    I'm with Onekidsmom in that "not tracking, for me, is a mindless permission to munch when I have the urge...Problem is that too many things that are not hunger mimic hunger to my brain."

    Oh yeah! That's why I'm back losing the weight rather than maintaining. I don't want to do this part again, so I'll be tracking!
    1907 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I just love how you are always so open and HONEST in your blogs. That does a lot for me! I always know you are "real"! Have a great day, Marsha emoticon
    1907 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I think Sparks meant eating only when you are truly hungry, not by remote or because you always eat at the same time (although you would be conditioned to want food if you have regular times like that) On weekends for example, my natural food pattern is 8 am breakfast, 2 pm lunch, 8 pm dinner. But when bridge interferes, I eat at 8 am, but am forced to have lunch started at 11 am in order to be finished in time to walk to the club. Then if I have to go at night, as I did when going to the novice games, I ended up eating as late as 10:30 pm which didn't agree with me at all. I also take it to eating slow and careful until you are satisfied and not stuffed. I don't think it means to stop tracking everything. That would be counterproductive.
    I certainly will never stop tracking and weighing and measuring. Its just all too easy to go over on things...
    1907 days ago
    The trouble with not tracking is losing track of the things I eat... not tracking, for me, is a mindless permissions to munch when I have the urge... not a good scenario for me. Problem is that too many things that are not hunger mimic hunger to my brain.

    So... like you, for the foreseeable future, I'll be tracking. Maybe not the same way every day (paper, Spark, whatever)... but in some way. Totally agree it is a small price to pay to live the lives we want to live, in the fit bodies we want to live in!

    I mean, after all, we have been handed these incredible new bodies... they are worth taking proper care of! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1907 days ago
    interesting. I must say that for me using the sparks people tracker for food and sharing it is a key for me and my success. I think it just keeps you honest.
    You are doing terrific though and are such an inspiration....I love that you are a true athlete.
    Have a terrific Sunday.
    1907 days ago
    Marsha, I track in my old pencil and paper shorthand way that I started before I came to SP. I will always have to track to maintain my weight; I've proven that to myself the hard way over and over. My tracking is intuitive; my eating, only if I'm tracking. Smiles.
    1907 days ago
    Maybe today is not a good day to experiment with
    this but you can always try it when you are by
    yourself. Just food for thought. HUGS!
    1907 days ago
    I have a hard time relating to intuitive eating as well. I'm curious if I'll ever ” get it”. I'm much more trusting of myself as a tracker and documenter. So I'm curious about how your journey with it will go. But for today, enjoy friends and family!
    1907 days ago
    You most certainly can try this on a more convenient day.
    The point is to experience it.
    I can try a lot of different approaches on Thurs- Sat, when I work doing eldercare in a house with no food (he's on a feeding tube).
    1907 days ago
    Good luck!
    1907 days ago
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