Eating Normally is the New Black
(quoted from the clever & witty Fat Nutritionist)
This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses, not choices. Prevention is key in the fight against eating disorders. Although I’ve never had an eating disorder, I did go through a period of being a little too concerned with what I was eating. Here is one of my favorite handouts from NEDA. I love this message in particular.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY:
Eat what you want, when you are truly hungry.
Stop when you’re full.
And eat exactly what appeals to you.
Do this instead of any diet, and you’re likely to maintain a healthy weight, and avoid eating disorders.
This is where normal eating comes in. Normal eating is basically eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re satisfied. Do this and you will naturally control your weight while falling into your natural healthy weight. For a more detailed definition we can go to Registered Dietitian Ellyn Satter:
- Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied.
- Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food.
- It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful.
- Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating.
- Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life
- In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings.
This is a very good definition of normal eating and sounds relatively easy, but for some, it’s harder than you think. An article in the New York Time’s Blog addressed normal eating with Ellyn Satter’s definition. There were over 300 comments. Everyone’s view of normal eating is different. Someone’s view of normal eating could be eating fast food only once or twice per day. It’s really important to clarify that it’s both quantity and quality that matters the most. Eating healthy is very important, but how much you eat is even more important. If you want fast food, eat fast food, just don’t order and consume the entire supersized value meal. Normal eating as mentioned above is “going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied.” This can be difficult for some, but it’s all about having the right attitude. Food is fun, delicious, and satisfying. Forget trying to lose weight… carry your head high and your attitude positive. Let yourself eat what you want when you’re hungry and stop when you stomach isn’t hungry anymore. Like Ellyn Satter says… “Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps it’s place as only one important area of your life.
I leave you with a question… “What is your description of Normal Eating?” Let me know… I’d love to hear!