Learning Intuitive Eating

Like I wrote in my diet without dieting post, I’ve committed myself to learning intuitive eating.

I decided to give intuitive eating a chance because I’m tired of thinking about weight and food all the time.

I’m aware it’s quite possible to lose weight the usual way – i.e. dieting – but also experienced enough to know that it’s not the solution that it’s purported to be.

Can you count how many times you’ve been on a diet, lost some weight and then gained it back? If you’re an average reader, I bet it’s more than 10 times. And if so, do you still sincerely believe that if you just manage to drop that extra weight this time, you won’t be back to square one in a couple of years? Or that now you’ve developed that self-control and self-discipline you didn’t have three years ago?

I don’t. Why bother losing weight only to gain it back in a year or two? I need a more radical solution to the weight loss dilemma, and it’s not dieting.

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The problem with learning intuitive eating is that the accounts I read on the net don’t tell how I’m supposed to proceed. I need a more structured guide to intuitive eating so I purchased a book recommended by my favorite nutrition expert, Patrik Borg – Tribole and Resch’s Intuitive Eating.

If you’re looking for an intuitive eating guide, give Resch and Trioble’s book a try.

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Odd diet, isn't it? 🙂

I’ve started the process already.

I’m eating foods that have long been on my forbidden list: ice cream, cheese and chocolate. (I did eat them before, “because I wasn’t dieting”, but never with a good conscience.)

At times I feel liberated and at times panicked about the way I’m eating right now.

I’ve also just realized how tired I was with the rigid standards of health I applied to my diet. All that stress about healthy eating has probably had a worse effect on my long term health than having a more relaxed attitude toward eating.

Be as it may, I just bought a package of metwurst (?) and a chocolate bar. Not exactly health food, is it? 🙂

What About Weight Loss?

I haven’t given up on losing my extra 20-30 pounds, but I’ve  decided to put my faith on the process of intuitive eating.

I’m trying to accept the fact that I’m probably going to gain a few pounds at first when I learn to eat the foods that were on my forbidden list. I’m not exactly enjoying the prospect, but on the other hand I’m not in a hurry either.

What difference does it make if it takes a year to learn a new attitude to eating?

I’ve spent years being overweight, so I can spend a year learning to eat normally. In the intuitive eating process, weight loss takes place (if you have extra weight lose) when you’ve regained a normal relationship to food and eating. In Tribole and Resch’s words, you’re an intuitive eater when “the choice for chocolate becomes emotionally equal to the choice for a peach.

Wish me luck!

Best Wishes,

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Comments

  1. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! To my best friend on the internet, I do wish you all the luck!

    If we said that we can always have a little more chocolate or summer sausage (that what we call the sausage you’re showing) tomorrow, could we just have a little and have more the next day? It does seem to work with these small dark chocolate bars I buy. The kids don’t like them, so they last as long as I let them last. There isn’t that hurry to beat the kids to the treat. My 13 year old son can eat a whole large pizza by himself (and very skinny too), so there actually is a hurry if I want a certain food that isn’t zucchini. Oh, I wish I wasn’t such a Cookie Monster!!!

    Thank you for the super nice comment on my blog. This was probably the very day i needed it. I’ve been so dreadfully tired that I wouldn’t really care today if I quit blogging entirely. My posts don’t come up on the Blogger reader list at all. There’s only 3 people who I feel that I really connect with–number one being you.

    Maybe I’m just too tired from my work deadlines to think straight. Did I tell you that I’m an attorney? Right now, we have a big civil rights case that is very complicated. it is an extremely stressful job, and i wonder why I put myself through it sometimes. I expect too much from myself sometimes.

    Have you ever read Catherine Cookson books? Well, I’ve always loved this author. They have movies of some of her books on right now. So I just want to curl up with doggy and go to a different world for a couple of hours.

    Even if I did slow down blogging for a while, I would definitely keep in touch with you. We’re good like that. 😀

    🙂 Marion

  2. Satu says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Marion.

    Definitely do not pressure yourself to blog when you’re under a lot of work stress. Blogging can be in the back burner for a while. I’m not exactly a prolific blogger myself.

    I guess I must count myself lucky that I don’t have to comptete with anyone for my treats. I can have my summer sausage, zucchini and chocolate in peace. 🙂

    Yes, I’ve read my share of Catherine Cookson books! You bring a lot of fond memories to my mind…

  3. Biz says:

    Love that you are trying to eat intuitively – and nothing should ever be on the forbidden list – especially chocolate!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Satu says:

      I agree about chocolate, Biz! I especially like the chocolate bar in the picture!

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