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Month: September 2017

The Clean Plate Club

The Clean Plate Club

As a dieter, I had oodles and oodles of food rules. One such rule was that wasting food was a no-no. This meant I had to eat everything that was on my plate and I had to make sure food was eaten before it spoiled…even if I didn’t want it! To a non-dieter, this probably sounds a little cuckoo. Normal eaters listen to their fullness cues no matter how much food remains on the plate. They also make decisions about what to eat based on what sounds good rather than by an expiration date. I eventually broke this food rule by reflecting on my history and slowly making changes.

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Mourning: An Unexpected Part of Intuitive Eating

Mourning: An Unexpected Part of Intuitive Eating

When I think of the word “mourning”, I imagine a weeping widow wearing all black or someone bursting into tears upon hearing a song a loved one once adored. Of course, mourning can be defined as deep sorrow after someone has died, but it also has a more general meaning of sadness after a loss or disappearance of something. I never thought it would be part of my intuitive eating journey, but, as time went on, I found myself in mourning with respect to my body and to food.1

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Why Am I So Hungry Today?

Why Am I So Hungry Today?

Yesterday I seemed to be hungry all day. It lasted from breakfast until my head hit the pillow at night. It was like I could not get enough food in me to soothe my hunger pangs. I certainly acknowledged that I was hungrier than most days, but I accepted it and ate accordingly. In the past, this would have made me feel very uncomfortable because my M.O. was to eat as little as possible and raging hunger would have seriously derailed that. Now that I have been an intuitive eater for a while, it didn’t faze me.

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My Clothes Don’t Fit Anymore!

My Clothes Don’t Fit Anymore!

One of the hardest things I had to do after practicing Intuitive Eating for a while was come to terms with the fact that my clothes would fit differently. I had hoped that my lean figure was my natural weight, but deep down I knew that it wasn’t. Because I was underweight and heavily restricting food, putting on some weight once I began to eat according to my body’s signals made sense. As predicted, my clothes began to slowly become tighter and I needed to start thinking about purchasing some new outfits to fit my slightly softer but much healthier frame.

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Numbers, Numbers Everywhere

Numbers, Numbers Everywhere

My first new car was a MINI Cooper. Once I drove it off of the showroom floor,1 I began seeing Coopers everywhere I went. It’s wasn’t like the number of Coopers on the road suddenly increased once I purchased my own, but my awareness of them certainly did. Something similar happened when I began my intuitive eating journey. The diet culture teems with numbers, but it wasn’t until I began to remove myself from that world did I become aware of just how prevalent and influential those numbers were in my life.

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Body-Appreciated Food

Body-Appreciated Food

When I tell people that I don’t eat chocolate, their expression goes from shock to sympathy within seconds. When I explain why, the shock transforms into understanding, but the sympathy remains. Chocolate is the classic comfort food, but my body does not seem to like it much. Because I am choosing to not consume this food, does that mean I’m restricting and back to my old dieting ways? 

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