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August 9, 2020 - Guilt and eating

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Intuitive Eating Is a Happier and Healthier Way to Eat—Here’s How to Begin

It was an interesting read this morning since I have 'plateaud' and cannot seem to shake the 7 lingering pounds I have chosen to "eliminate". After all, it is my choice and what I am doing currently doesn't seem to be working causing me GUILT. I have followed others posting on SparkPeople (most notably my friend Waterellen) but never seriously considered it for myself. Even when I reached my goal weight and started maintaining. I seem to have only 2 options in my thinking: strict accounting or mindless wishing.

So taking a different approach.... emoticon

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  • NANCY-
    Great article. After decades of doing the same thing making changes for me is challenging.
    But it can be done.
    204 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    I am subscribing out of curiosity - integrity becomes integration...mind body connection and intuition is a place. Fascinating prose . Wondering how many fail at this, or is everybody successful. Call me skeptical.
    204 days ago
    This is a really great article . . . thanks for the link. AND I like BESSHAILE's summarizing mantra too.

    So long as I approached IE from the perspective that I was still covertly trying to lose weight -- it didn't work for me. IE for me is about more than weight, it's about "integrity", meaning integrating my body with my mind and spirit, treating my body with kindness in both nutrition and exercise. And accepting that the body weight which results IS my natural body weight, my healthy body weight -- not some arbitrary body weight and pants size predetermined by me . . .

    Genuinely listening to my body's signals, eating what I REALLY want to eat (which is NOT mindless junk food actually since that doesn't make me feel good at all), eating when I'm hungry, stopping just before I am full . . . and asking myself, one more bite? Maybe yes, maybe no. But: I CAN listen because I CAN eat again, when I'm hungry again.

    Exercising to enjoy the nice feelings of my strong and flexible body.

    It's about calm contentment in the present moment. What all of us really want. And which is right there, right now, for the noticing: always.

    It's not the case that I need to weight a certain weight BEFORE I can permit myself that calm contentment!!
    205 days ago
    I read in a little book called I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna - and in spite of the hubris in the title, I really enjoyed the following mantra:

    Eat when you're hungry
    Eat what you want
    Savor every bite
    Quit when you're full

    So yeah, hungry? great - what do you want? Ice cream? Go ahead. Absolutely savor each spoonful you put in your mouth but when you're full up (and you have to ask yourself this fairly frequently) quit eating.

    Thanks for the bloglove, btw. About reunions. I can tell you completely understand about these things - how the generations pass and the fabric grows thin - but it still matters. It's still worth the effort.
    205 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    Good luck!
    I’ve stalled with 3 pounds left to discard in this challenge.
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  • NEPTUNE1939
    206 days ago
    good luck, interesting link. Thank you!
    206 days ago
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