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Help! I Can’t Stop Eating!

Help! I Can’t Stop Eating!

 

Let’s do an exercise. Hold your breath for as long as you can. When you finally allow yourself to breathe again, what happens? The inhale is quite deep on the first breath and your body takes in as much air as it can. Each subsequent breath requires less and less air until eventually your breathing returns to normal. Now take this same process and apply it to dieting. Returning to regular eating is no different than returning to a regular breathing pattern. Our bodies initially inhale what seems like a huge amount of food, but then our food intake normalizes just like how our breathing did. This is exactly what happened to me when I finally decided to work on my relationship with food.

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Same Brand, Different Fit

Same Brand, Different Fit

I am not your typical girly girl. I don’t gush when someone gives me flowers, I haven’t gone anywhere near nail polish since my wedding, and I would rather clean my toilets than go clothes shopping. Memories of trying on dozens of pieces of clothing and only ending up with one, or even none, in my to-buy pile just squashes my desire to even walk into a store. It seems like each time I pick up a pair of pants in what I think is my size, it doesn’t fit! While some of this may be due to vanity sizing or my changing body,1 a good part of this comes from the frustrating fact that sizes are simply inconsistent.

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Can Intuitive Eating and Distracted Eating Coexist?

Can Intuitive Eating and Distracted Eating Coexist?

 

Mindful eating is a huge part of intuitive eating, and rightfully so. When you are in the moment and eating mindfully, you’ll be able to savor your food and really get in touch with your fullness. On the flip side, there is distracted eating. This often means eating in front of the TV or with your phone in your hand. Even though there aren’t any hard and fast rules with intuitive eating, distracted eating is definitely discouraged. I have a secret though.1 I eat with distractions sometimes…and, in certain instances, it can be surprisingly helpful!

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10 Years of Intuitive Eating

10 Years of Intuitive Eating

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.

March 2017 marked the 10 year anniversary of the start of my intuitive eating journey. My first introduction to not dieting happened years before in the 1980s when I read all of Geneen Roth’s books and even attended one of her 3-day seminars. What I now know was missing from those initial efforts was the support I needed to understand and continue rejecting diet mentality and reconnecting with my own INner (body) wisdom.

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