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Ditching the Diet Mentality for Good

Are you tired of the diet mentality? Ready for a fresh new approach on food? Let’s look at how you can have a positive approach with food by intuitive eating.

According to an article at naturalnews.com, “Intuitive Eating”

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“Intuitive Eating is a way of consuming food and drink that gets in touch with our body’s natural abilities and instincts. The concept is quite simple: intuitive eaters listen to their body and eat when hungry, drink when thirsty, and eat and drink what their body is telling them it needs.

Do intuitive eaters binge on junk food?

Many people hear this concept and are immediately up in arms. The common objection to Intuitive Eating is that many people crave junk food, and if they listened to their bodies then they would just cram in the candy, chips, and soda.

Fortunately, Intuitive Eating has been researched quite a bit, and the literature shows that binge eating is significantly reduced when people practice Intuitive Eating. In one study, a group of women diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder attended eight 90-minute weekly intuitive eating sessions. After the eight sessions were over, over 80 percent of the study participants no longer met the diagnostic criteria for the disorder! In fact, Intuitive Eating is inversely associated with other eating disorders as well, and appears to promote a healthy relationship with food.

Intuitive Eating and the Pleasure Principle

The reason for this seems to be that our body is naturally capable of regulating what we eat and drink. If we eat something that is bad for us, our body will probably not like how the unhealthy food makes us feel, and that dislike will carry over and dissuade us from wanting to eat that same food in the future. This concept, called the Pleasure Principle, was coined by Charles Einstein who hypothesizes that if we just focus on eating things that give us pleasure, we’ll naturally gravitate towards foods that make us feel good in the long-term. The catch is that this can only happen if we don’t interfere psychologically. If we tell ourselves that we can’t eat certain foods, or that we need to eat certain foods, then we are interfering with our body’s natural ability to operate under the Pleasure Principle.” To read the entire article click here.

If you or a loved one may be suffering from an eating disorder, contact ABC Nutrition Services at 775-329-0505 or visit ABCNutritionServices.com.

 

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