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I got through it ok, just lasted a couple of days. Then a quilt retreat came along and I’ve been happily occupied with that.

An interesting thing happened on the way to a piece of banana bread. At the retreat, everyone was talking about how good the banana bread was, and I took a piece to try. Grabbing my coffee, I realized I wanted to spend some time MOL alone, so I went outside and sat  on the terrace.

It was almost like mediation, and the coffee and the bread just sat there. After a while, I tasted the bread and, while it was indeed tasty, I knew I wasn’t hungry and didn’t want it. Eventually I tried a bit more, but the feeling of “Yuck! I don’t want to put any more of that in my body’  became strong enough that I felt confident it was true. I eventually dropped the piece into the trash, discreetly covering it with a napkin so as not to insult the baker (it was tasty), and went on my way without a care in the world.

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I didn’t buy myself anything, didn’t take a bubble bath, didn’t do any of those things that are the first things discussed when talking about self-care. But I did let myself off the hook for my own high expectations.

More fun than I expected: sleeping late, cuddling with DH

Less necessary than I thought: lots of useless internet surfing

Easier than I thought: cooking and doing dishes (usually I get stressed out on the weekend, expecting the non-cook to clean)

More effective than I thought: choosing to not worry about stuff

Most renewing activity: refusing to think about anything that wasn’t in the moment

Intuitive eating? Intuitive LIVING is more like it.

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Did you ever deny yourself a food until you simply couldn’t stand it anymore, then eat it way past full? Yep, me too.

What I’ve noticed, however, is that denied foods often disappoint, and I eat them way past full because I’m not willing to acknowledge that the denial was worth it.

You may have starved yourself in the days before Thanksgiving, so you could stuff yourself like anyone else. Pay attention while you enjoy your meal today, and ask yourself occasionally if you’re really still enjoying the bites you’re putting in your mouth. If not, then take a break. You don’t have to decide to stop eating, or declare Thanksgiving over. You can just say to yourself, “Ick. This doesn’t taste good anymore. I’m going to do something that’s more fun until I want to eat again.” Then honor that decision.

You don’t have to make up for a lifetime of deprivation with one Thanksgiving meal. You can eat anything you want, when you want, in any quantity you want. Give yourself the enjoyment you deserve, even when it’s not food. And thank yourself for it.

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Thanksgiving is in just 2 weeks, and it’s a minefield for those of us who want to be eating intuitively, especially anyone who is concentrating on portion control at the moment.

Here are some coping tips to make it easier to keep to your intuitive eating goals in the holiday season.

  1. Make it and enjoy it now. If you love pumpkin pie, but also love turkey and stuffing, make some now and eat it consciously before the big day. When Thanksgiving comes, it will be easier to say, “I just ate that recently, so I can easily take a smaller portion today. I know I’ll always give myself this when I want it.”
  2. Learn what comforts you about comfort food, and practice assigning that comfort to other things. If stuffing yourself silly makes you feel comforted, try curling up with a favorite blanket and a cup of tea or mulled wine. Give yourself the space to enjoy it for what it is.
  3. Practice savoring the taste. When you deeply enjoy the flavor of a food, it’s easier to notice when it doesn’t taste good any more, and therefore to stop. Close your eyes, smell it, taste it, feel the texture, breathe deeply, describe the taste experience.
  4. Eliminate foods you don’t like, but think you “have to eat because it’s the holidays.” Do you hate your Aunt Erma’s lumpy potatoes? Skip them without making it a big deal. If you have to, put them on your plate and push them around until you’re finished.
  5. Bring something new that you’ve learned to love. Has intuitive eating turned you on to sweet pepper salads? Bring them. Enjoy them. Start a few new traditions.

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