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Month: January 2018

Reminder To Self: Dieting Is Awful!

Reminder To Self: Dieting Is Awful!

If you live in the modern world, dieting images are everywhere. Other than tribes that live deep in the rainforest, everyone is exposed to the diet industry’s marketing ploys. The promise of a radical life change if you only lose a few pounds is appealing. Want to feel more confident? Drop a dress size! Do you want the attention of that hottie you’ve had your eye on? Hurry to the gym to tone that tush! These ads are meant to draw you in so you fork over your hard earned money on empty promises. If you are someone who welcomes the newest diet, then the hardest part is just deciding which diet will be the flavor of the month. But if you have vowed to shun dieting, these ads can be particularly challenging.

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Intuitive Eating Tool Box

Intuitive Eating Tool Box

This is a guest blog post from Katcha, my friend and former Intuitive Eating Community Forum moderator. She has been practicing IE since March 2007 and has so much experience with it that I want to share some of her wisdom.

Because most people new to intuitive eating begin with heavy diet mentality thinking and habits, it can be challenging to switch to a more kinder and positive way of going about the changes needed to embrace the IE Principles and practices. Here is a list of what I consider to be good tools for beginning an IE journey:

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Am I Hungry, Thirsty, or Emotional?

Am I Hungry, Thirsty, or Emotional?

When I first started intuitive eating, I was hyper-vigilant. I was constantly thinking about what my body was telling me and over-analyzed every sensation. Was I hungry or thirsty or both? I never considered myself an emotional eater, so it never occurred to me that this may also be part of the equation. Another layer was added to my over-analysis when my therapist gently guided me to the realization that I was eating emotionally. Because I had ignored my body’s natural cues for so long, determining if I needed to drink something, eat something, or tend to my emotional needs was downright confusing.

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The Ripple Effect of Intuitive Eating

The Ripple Effect of Intuitive Eating

After working really hard these past few months, I declared today a “lazy day”. As I settled into my recliner and scrolled through my TV show options on Netflix, I thought about what I was in the mood for. Did I want to watch something I haven’t seen before like Santa Clarita Diet or an oldie but goodie like That 70’s Show? Perhaps a light comedy like Jane the Virgin would interest me? Or maybe something more dark and serious like Narcos or even Dexter? As I clicked on my show of choice,1 I realized that I based my decision not on any outside factors like whether or not there was a backlog of a certain show but on what appealed to me at that moment. It was all very…intuitive.

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