I have been trying to relax and not diet in order to please the masses in achieving the "perfect" BMI. I am finding this hard with the type A, semi-OCD perfectionist and overachiever nature in me, but I am doing my best to let go. Eating more than my body wants has been hurting my self-esteem and my enjoyment of food. So I decided, with the help of friends, to eat like a toddler again. To eat when I am hungry, stop when I am full, and eat what my body needs or wants. As I was researching the toddler way of eating, I came across Intuitive Eating. The Principles of Intuitive Eating are as follows:
10 Principles of Intuitive Eating
1. Reject the Diet Mentality.
2. Honor Your Hunger.
3. Make Peace with Food.
4. Challenge the Food Police.
5. Respect Your Fullness.
6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor.
7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food.
8. Respect Your Body.
9. Exercise--Feel the Difference.
10 Honor Your Health.
I am hoping that I will be able to enjoy eating again, not worry about the calories, and just eat for me. What I eat really only impacts me, yet I have been letting outside sources, such as, the media and physicians, tell me how to fuel my body. It will take time and patience. Re-teaching my body how to eat naturally is difficult when I have been eating at times just to "get those calories in" and not when I actually wanted to eat.