During my dietetic internship, one of my assignments was to read “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.
The book helps to teach you how to ditch the diet mentality, and adapt to a healthy living behavior called intuitive eating. They break eating behaviors down into three different types, explain the difficulties associated with each type and ways to overcome these difficulties.
The basic concept of intuitive eating is, “eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’ve had enough.” I am mentioning this topic today because I, for one, have been losing my insight on this concept. I have been careless with over-indulging, making excuses as to why I am unable to lose a little weight I was trying to lose, and finally, I have been doing way too much mindless eating.
A lot of this can be attributed to the winter blues. For so many months we were confined to mostly indoor physical activity, dark cold nights, where I found myself sitting on the couch all evening after work. With the comfort of snuggling on the couch on a cold night, what was more perfect than a snack to accompany it with. A comforting snack of cereal or popcorn was a must, even though I may not have been hungry. It was part of the routine.
I have continued to maintain my physical activity level by generally working out 5-6 days a week, however my attempts are often weak ones, at best. I want to amp it up and really start seeing results.
As far as my eating habits go, I am going to reacquaint myself to intuitive eating. I will never be one to diet, or starve myself to lose weight, because I know that is not an effective lasting way to do it. I am going to be more mindful of my eating. Here is what will go down.
1. I will eat when I’m hungry, and stop when I have had enough.
2. No more eating straight pop chips out of the bag, portion control is key.
3. Cutting down on processed foods such as chips and cereals, and opt in for quinoa, oatmeal, and other more whole foods instead.
4. Weigh myself 3-4 times a week versus every 2 weeks as I was doing before. I HATE the scale, and I don’t think numbers are the best way to measure health status, it should be more about how you feel, how you see yourself, and how your clothes fit. However, it is a good way to keep yourself in check, so that is what I will do.
5. Keep cut up vegetables and fruits at eye level in the refrigerator.
Admitting this to all of you is not easy for me. After all, I am a dietitian, I should be able to figure it out right? I know all the concepts, it’s just a matter of applying them to life. As I have said before, I am not a perfect eater, and I never will be. I do know that I am the only one in control of my body, and if I want to see changes, I have to take control.
In five weeks, Dana and I will be heading to the beautiful Dominican Republic for a week-long vacation. I want to be confident in my body because I know this will help me to relax and have the most amazing time with my wonderful husband. Not that I won’t have a great time either way, but this will just put the icing on the cake. Ha ha, or maybe I should say hummus on the broccoli? The countdown as begun.
Thank you for reading this rant. I mean business here. I am still going to live my life, live socially, and enjoy my foods, but I will be eating intuitively and listening to my body’s hunger and satiety cues, not ignoring them.