LETS GET THIN — SLIM DOWN AND DROP THE FAT.
What is intuitive eating?
What Is Intuitive Eating? A Nutritionist Explains | Cedars-Sinai
A non-dieting approach to changing your eating habits is also known as
“intuitive eating.” According to the National Eating Disorders Association,
intuitive eating is about trusting your body to make food choices that feel
ood for you, without judging yourself or the influence of diet culture.Mar 8, 2021
You Are Not Doomed To Be Fat Forever
Once you stop dieting and start listening to your body it is easy and natural
to live at your own perfect, normal weight.
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I know, you’re probably thinking you have to diet to lose weight. But nothing
could be further from the truth. With rare exceptions, most people were born
into normal weight bodies. But then we learned to diet.
Dieting causes the body to go into survival mode. Dieting itself sparks the
intense biological urge to consume large quantities of high calorie foods. It causes
the body’s instinctual drives to override all intellectual controls. It primes the body
to maximize food intake and minimize energy burned.
Diets have set us up to fight against our own physical survival, the body’s most
As a comparison, think of how difficult life would be if you had to go to t
he bathroom on a rigid schedule. What if you only allowed yourself to urinate 3
times a day?
At 8 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. you could release exactly 5 ounces. You’d measure it –
of course – to be sure it was the right amount. If you needed to go more, you
would force yourself to wait until the next scheduled time. And too bad if you
needed to go at 10 am, hold it until noon.
You would be miserable. Your body would have a very difficult time complying
with an arbitrary schedule. It would probably get ugly.
Overeating because your body refuses to starve doesn’t make you a failure.
It means you’re human.
*It doesn’t make you diseased.
*It doesn’t mean you are flawed forever.
*It doesn’t doom you to being permanently sick and trying to recover for the rest
of your life.
*It means you did the best you could at the time.
*It means you can forgive yourself and move on.
Eating is the most natural thing we do and your body knows exactly what it needs to
live at it’s very best. All you have to do is practice listening and ACT on the information.
Your body knows what to do. Just as it knows how to breathe, reproduce, and heal.
Think of how children live, we can learn a lot from them…
*They rest when they are tired.
*They run, jump, swim, dance, and play as much as they can because it feels good and
*They are picky about what they eat. They’ll go hungry rather than settle for something
they don’t love.
*They eat when they’re hungry.
*Once they feel full, they have to be tricked or bribed into eating even one more bite
*They drink when they’re thirsty.
*They love their bodies and they don’t care how their thighs look or if their tummy
isn’t flat and tight.
*They don’t have to think about all this. It just comes naturally and easily as a part
of being human.
All of these natural instincts live in each of us, too.
We all have the inborn ability to take care of ourselves. We just have to remember. We
just have to get back in the habit of listening to our bodies…of following their wisdom.
Remember, a normal body weight is your birthright. It was stolen from you. Now you
get to take it back.
So stop thinking of yourself as forever fat. You are not doomed to either being
overweight or to being on a perpetual diet. Let overeating and overweight fade into
the past. They served you well to keep you alive. Once you stop dieting and accept
the body you were born with, you can return to your unique, normal weight.
I’m not suggesting everyone is going to be model-skinny. The endless, tyrannical
pressure to be very thin is a big part of the problem. Some bodies are meant to be
soft and curvy. Others are naturally sharp and angular. We are variously stocky, tall,
fleshy, muscular, sinewy, short, etc. There is wonderful beauty in diversity.
Accepting and loving the unique beauty of your body will heal you and set you free.
Be like a child and delight in the body you have. Cherish the power in your muscles.
Enjoy the feeling of being alive here on this planet. Let go of having to look a certain
way. Be yourself. Let someone else try to be like the models or celebrities. The world
will be a better place if it gets to have the real, unique, special person that YOU are.
Believe in your own healing. Believe that you can live easily and naturally at your own
ideal weight. That faith is a huge part of what will set you free. Eating normally is
completely natural. Deep down you know how to do it.