As you know, I have recently become extremely interested in intuitive eating. Intuitive eating, as defined by Linda Bacon, PhD and author of “Health At Every Size,” is an approach to healthy eating that encourages people to trust their bodies to guide them in making nourishing food choices and attaining or maintaining a natural weight.
It’s not a diet – far from it. As a matter of fact, the first principle of intuitive eating as outlined in the book, “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole, M.S, R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D. is to Reject The Diet Mentality.
1. Reject the Diet Mentality
Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.
Yes, I agree but ………shall I say it? Easier said than done. According to the authors of “Intuitive Eating,” some of us have been dieting for so long that we consistently harbor a diet mentality even when we aren’t dieting. That is to say that when I look at a piece of chocolate cake, I immediately think to myself, “Oh, I can’t have that. Too much fat and too many calories.” Or when I plan to go out to dinner with friends and want to feel free to indulge myself, I end up starving my body before I go by avoiding breakfast and dinner so that I can save all my calories or points for a fabulous feast. By dinner time, I am so hungry that I almost certainly over-indulge and end up feeling uncomfortable about my food choices rather than enjoying the experience. This, my friends, is a dieter’s mentality and personally, I have had enough.
I am ready to take the plunge. This is my declaration of independence from dieting. I have officially quite weight watching, undieting and fat flushing. From this point forward, I am going to work on transforming my dieter’s mentality to a paradigm focused on healthy living. Are you with me?