Finding Substitutes | What counts, What doesn’t
A cucumber is not a substitute for a chocolate bar.
Let me repeat that: a CUCUMBER is not a substitute for a CHOCOLATE BAR.
This may seem like an obvious fact – we’re not even comparing “apples and oranges” here (at least they are part of the same food group). No we are comparing two completely different things, each on a completely different side of the taste-o-meter.
Yes, I did just make…
Anonymous asked: not sure if this is the same blog that i read a couple of years ago when i was suffering from EDNOS and big periods of binges/restriction. when i first read it i thought it was stupid, but now i've converted & feel so much better, thankyou. i still don't drink softdrink cos it's just gross, but i don't obsess over what i eat (though sometimes i don't care so much that i just don't bother to eat which is bad). i actually lost the 8kg gained from bingeing, by eating this way, without meaning to..
A: It might be! I’ve definitely been writing here for a couple years :) I am so glad that you “converted”! This is such great news!
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Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm new to the concept of intuitive eating and have some questions. I'm pretty sure I've struggled with an undiagnosed ED for several years. I'm concerned that I generally eat in an unhealthy way. I'm tired of battling my appetite all the time, but how do I know what to eat and when? I find it hard to tell when I'm really hungry vs. when I just think I am. I am exercising regularly as well. Also, will my body naturally lose the excess fat I have? Thanks!
Thank you for your questions! I will answer them in order:
1) How do I know what to eat and when?
You just have to trust your body. I know that sounds simplistic, but it’s true. Trusting your body isn’t easy at first - you have to learn to listen to it - but that’s where the principles of Intuitive Eating come into play! Start listening/feeling for your hunger queues and when you feel the hunger urge come along, stop and take a moment and think about what you really want to eat in that moment - and then do your best to fill that craving. I wrote on this in my Eating Guidelines series, here is the link:
2) I wrote about this, too: http://honouringappetite.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/theat-when-you-are-hungry — you have to learn to listen to your body and really listen for those hungry/fullness queues. It takes time and practise, but it will come.
3) Intuitive Eating isn’t about weightloss or weight gain. It’s about allowing your body (and mind) to return to it’s natural state of feeding itself with the goal of self-preservation. This means that over time, your body will reach and maintain your natural, healthy weight. This may come from weight loss or weight gain or no weight change at all - I can’t guarantee which it will be, but I can guarantee that body satisfaction will come with it whether your body changes or it doesn’t - because at the end of the day it’s not about changing your body; it’s about changing your thoughts.
Hope this helps!
As always, I recommend reading “Intuitive Eating” (the official book” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch AND any (and all) of Geneen Roth’s books.
The Eating Guidelines: #7 Eat with Enjoyment, Gusto, and Pleasure!
We are at the end of our Eating Guidelines series. I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the last few article and have found them helpful. If you have any topics you’d like me to cover in upcoming blogs (or ideas for another series) please comment below.
And now that we know “how” to eat, it’s time to finish things off with a celebration…Guideline #7: Eat with Enjoyment, Gusto, and Pleasure!
The Eating Guidelines: #6 Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others
Once again I apologize for my hiatus. Thank you to those of you who have been waiting patiently and haven’t lost faith in my ability to keep a schedule yet! I know it is Tuesday, but I figured better late than never. I am back to posting every monday (I promise!). There is only one more post after this and then we’re done with The Eating Guidelines series – If you have any topics you’d like me to…
5 Tips for Intuitive Eating and the Holidays
Seeing as I missed posting on Monday this week, I thought I would take a break from our series on The Eating Guidelines to offer some tips on eating intuitively during the holidays.
Christmas is just around the corner, and the holiday parties and shopping…
The Eating Guidelines: #5 Eat Until You Are Satisfied
I don’t want to take much of your time apologizing for my lack of posts lately; so I am just going to say that I am back and continuing on with my series on the Eating Guidelines..
In honour of this new “home” for the blog, I am doing a series based on…
Anonymous asked: i'm recovering from a year long eating disorder. during the day i can eat pretty normally, but around bedtime, usually between 9 and 12, i am STARVING. i'm also in a "screw it" type of mindset. i've tried eating more throughout the day, more protein... nothing helps. i haven't been weighing myself but i'm terrified of how much weight i might have put on.
I am sorry you are going through such a difficult time, just know it doesn’t have to last forever - even though it may feel like it. It is difficult for me to offer extensive advice in this situation, but perhaps you are not eating enough for dinner? Also, there is nothing wrong with having a snack before bed. I often do this. Some of my favourites are nutella on toast, honey on melba toast, or some oatmeal. Remember, your number one priority is taking care of your body - and right now that means feeding it when it needs to be fed.
You can trust your body - remember that. Intuitive eating is all about building this trust. I understand the “screw it” mindset - but that is no way to live and is unnecessary. Just because you are hungry before bed doesn’t mean you have to resort to “screw it”. Think about it, typically you eat breakfast around 7-9am and then lunch around 11-1pm and then again dinner around 5-7pm, so that means you are eating around every 3-4 hours. Well if you have dinner around 5 or 6, it is only normal that you would be hungry again three or four hours later.
As for weight - that’s when you should say SCREW IT! Weight doesn’t matter - weightloss or weightgain (unless you are attempting to gain weight as part of recovery for an ED such as anorexia). So screw it if you have gained weight. It’s not about weight. It’s about taking care of your body. Weight isn’t a good indicator of health, anyways. And though society may tell us otherwise, it is not an indicator of beauty, either.
Just focus on the truth. And pick up a copy of “Intuitive Eating” by evelyn tribole and elyse resch and some Geneen Roth books if you haven’t.
Hang in there - you can do it!
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