Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Intuitive Eating

From the book ~

Honour Your Feelings Without Using Food Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won't fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won't solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You'll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.

Ten Principles of Intuitive Eating ~

1. Reject the Diet Mentality

2. Honour Your Hunger

3. Make Peace with Food

4. Challenge the Food Police

5. Respect Your Fullness

6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor

7. Honour Your Feelings Without Using Food

8. Respect Your Body

9. Exercise--Feel the Difference

10 Honour Your Health


Chris said...

Wow. I have questions. How can you make peace with food? Who are the food police? How does one honour one's feelings? I would love to find out more about this and implement these ideas. It sounds so good.

Leonie said...

I have the book if you want to borrow it - very helpful, imo.

Greg said...

Making peace with food sounds really tough to me!!
But then there's also (for me) needing to be more peaceful with exercise. This morning I did the Tae-bo advanced live workout that I have and then for half an hour afterwards was struggling with the feeling that it wasn't enough. I kept having to hold myself back from dropping and trying to make 100 pushups, telling myself we all need a rest sometimes...

Leonie said...

Greg, exercise addiction is mentioned in the ook, too. One thng that being sick this year has taught me is that it is okay to have a day off or to do an easy workout or just even a half hour workoput...Gpo easy on yourself or you will be seriously exercise addicted. Not good!

Greg said...

Very true...and I do like to push myself too hard in most things, if I'm still able to stand and keep my eyes open I feel I should be doing something, languages, writing, reading. (If only I had that same urge to "be good"!). Will bear it in mind.