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Sunday, April 11, 2021

I finished reading the book, "Intuitive Eating" by Tribole and Resch. The subtitle is "A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach". I did find it fascinating, and very different from anything else I've ever read about dieting and nutrition.

There are messages in it that may be true and may apply to me, like that deprivation causes overeating and guilt causes bingeing. Okay, I've simplified it, but that is a message I got out of it. I really suspect that I'm not a big emotional eater at least not any more (except for guilt due to eating), but I still have a real, true problem managing my hunger.

There are things in the IE book that seem absolutely wrong, like you are never to compliment someone who has lost weight because you are reinforcing the diet mentality. Really?

There are things in it that may apply to a lot of people, but don't apply to me. Diets don't work? Hey, I lost 80 pounds 12 years ago and I've kept 70 pounds off. (okay, 60 to 80 pounds, fluctuating more than I want)

Got to say I've always thought that we should choose food for the nutrition, use logic not emotion to select our food. I have been very suspicious of the chefs and cookbooks and people who think food is primarily for pleasure because I thought it was for health. I think you can learn to like any food just by eating it. (my experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural India in the 70's, where incidentally my job was "applied nutrition") This book wants you to eat what you really like when you are hungry. That is revolutionary.

I would really like not to struggle with food so much. i would truly like to make peace with food. But as I read this book, even before I tried to start implementing it, I was influenced to try to eat by biological signals, I became very aware of my hunger. I ate more. My weight went up a little. There is little doubt in my mind that if I embrace this book my weight will go up.

I'm also concerned that my blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and all those other numbers that were high when I was heavy will go back up.

I'm just not sure I can be happy with clothes that are too tight. At the very least I would have to buy new clothes that fit. If I'm going to follow this book, I've got to be willing to gain weight. I believe I would gain quite a bit of weight. I could gain 17 more pounds and still be a normal BMI, but I'm not sure I would like it. I already allowed myself to gain 5 pounds when I turned 70.

For right now, I'm going to let that book sit on my mind and just consider it. I am 71 years old. I'd rather not struggle with food all my life. Perhaps I could end up eating wisely? Could this be a way? I really do think I have a lot of stomach hunger that I have to tolerate in order to live at the weight I want to be. Wonder if some of it is stomach upset from foods that bother me rather than being hungry? Maybe I'm not really recognizing hunger correctly. Not sure how I can figure that one out.

I do like the part of the book that is about respecting your body. It says that your body is an instrument, not an ornament. I think that is brilliant! I still don't like the fat roll just over my waist when I sit, but I'm really trying to focus on function. I am truly grateful to be as active as I am at this age. Am I really suppose to have a fat roll? A bigger fat roll?? I'm just not sure.

Gentle movement. Uncouple movement from weight. That's an IE principle, too. I think I have that one down. Admittedly I started running to help me maintain my weight loss, but I have continued, slowing down over the last years, because I truly love it.

So, for today, I'm going back to following the Beck book, and counting my calories and macros on SP. But I very well may come back to this book and give more thought to this way of thinking and eating. I may have missed essential parts of it. It is revolutionary and it is hard to change my thinking all at once.
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    Thank you for the book recommendation. I would like to get to the point of intuitive eating in the future as food deprivation is not my thing (for me it leads to over-eating and bingeing). Still trying to find balance. You mentioned the Beck book, I just started today on the pink workbook! I will read the IE book, though. Thanks again for posting.
    30 days ago
    Thanks for your insightful analysis. I have requested the book from the library but haven't received it yet. I find Watermellen's success inspiring and would really like to see that in myself, but am not sure about some aspects. For sure I would like a better system that is systemic and a habit and less emotional. I remember as a child not thinking about food, just eating what I needed, and I was a normal weight child. Things got complicated as a teen and I was an over-weight teen and lost some weight in my 30s and a bit more in my 40s and then have been fighting not to gain more than 15 pounds back. I could lose weight by tracking but was hungry a lot of the time. I never did get a good maintenance routine. Mostly lost weight by tracking and then gradually went up then started a new round of losing weight with the rise and fall being about 15 pounds. Menopause makes losing weight, in fact not gaining weight really really hard. So I am still searching and am trying not to do drastic things that damage my metabolism. Running helps me not gain weight, I am looking forward to running again after 2 years of dealing with a foot injury and a few other health problems.
    Thanks for your take on this book. I hope to read it and pick up something useful for me.
    32 days ago
    I love the comment about “your body is an instrument, not an ornament.” That really speaks to me. I think I get caught up with how I look to myself and others more than what I am able to do and how my body runs. Thank you for sharing a very insightful blog!
    34 days ago
    Good thinking no writing! Thanks for sharing!
    I read the book and reread parts. Tried parts... I would love to embrace the philosophy but it hasn’t worked for me either.
    Another good one was Bright Line Eating by Susan Pierce Thompson. Lost weight weight but couldn’t keep the regimen. Regained those 28 lbs.
    back to tracking and balancing macros for best results and the way I lost 50 and maintained that loss.
    Our stories are similar. We keep working what works. It is work! Worth it!
    I love that you run! That also I have not mastered. Mostly walk.
    Follow your heart!
    36 days ago
    That sentence jumped out at me as well, about foods perhaps upsetting your stomach and causing you to feel hungry. That is probably bang on. I know when I used to get an upset stomach, I would eat something to settle it. That something was usually not healthy. I did a food elimination challenge and it was a real eye-opener. Food I reacted to I have eaten my entire life. When I gave up bread, I lost a stubborn 10 lbs that just wouldn't come off. You would have to follow a very strict diet for 30 days and then introduce foods one by one to test your reaction. The main ones that bother people are dairy, gluten (its really hard to go truly gluten free as its in so many foods, including rice and oats), soy, corn, eggs, sugar. Its best to see a naturopath who has had lots of nutritional training and is familiar with testing people.
    I for sure would regain if I ate anything I really like as that book suggests. We have to have some discipline because there is so much out there that isn't healthy.
    You have to go with what your instincts are telling you because listening to yourself is really the best.
    37 days ago
    Thank you sooooooo much for sharing your thoughts about IE.

    Steve Siebold was up in your business with little compassion showing.

    And then here's ... eat when your hungry, stop when you are comfortable and eat what you want.

    I would LOVE to live my life without the ups and downs ... am I hungry or am I not ... struggles.

    I congratulate you for losing the pounds and keeping them off.

    Now ... to dump allllll mine once and for all ... how ever I can.
    37 days ago
    I love your insightfulness and willingness to think through the book's approach. There is so much wisdom in your writing. Thank you for sharing!
    37 days ago
    I really appreciate your thoughtful comments on this book AND the thoughtful comments on your blog too. There is no "one right way". Only what makes you feel good about YOU. You are the you expert!!
    37 days ago
    I think we all have to find our own personal best practices (for everything in life, not just health or weight management). Part of that is being open to trying things and evaluating them, as we grow and change. Good on you for exploring options! Adopt the things that give you the life you like the most. Everything else just suggestions, I reckon. 😉 ❤️
    37 days ago
    I salute your willingness to consider other views!

    One size does not fit all. Trust yourself. Trust yourself. Trust yourself.

    You know you best.

    And, yes, we live ... we learn ... we grow. Keep your mind open and trust yourself. It isn't an either or proposition.

    This particular sentence really leapt out at me (because it was something that was true for me): "Wonder if some of it is stomach upset from foods that bother me rather than being hungry?"

    Tracking is what really helped me identify which foods were and were not nourishing my body. It's been very tricky business for me and without the tracking there is absolutely no way we (me and the health care team) could have teased out all of the various challenges giving my body grief.

    I find myself thinking about exchanges Kevin (MOBYCARP) and I used to have regarding understanding body signals. Tricky business for me. Not at all straight forward in my experience.

    Again, we are each an experiment of one.

    37 days ago
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    Thank you for sharing. "People who think food is primarily for pleasure because I thought it was for health"
    How we think about food does make a difference. You know what is best for you.
    37 days ago
    Does it really have to be all or nothing? Food is either for pleasure or health? Why not both? Do you have to do everything in the book or none of it?

    Why not start with just one thing from the book. I would suggest that one new goal might be to put some joy into your healthy diet. I can't imagine that IE throws portion control out the window, does it?
    37 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/11/2021 11:39:07 AM
    Great nuggets you've pointed out! It is definitely a point w/me that if I feel deprived, it leads to overeating, so . . . . have had to really turn the thoughts around to food as fuel/nutrition. But that's a process.

    Thanks, as always, for your wisdom.
    37 days ago
    I also read it and tried it out and gained a few pounds. I’ve found I am not willing to gain anymore. It makes me feel bad about myself.
    It’s back to tracking. I think I will always have to. That’s my genes at work.
    37 days ago
    emoticon Finding the path that's appropriate for one person: you... whatever your age... is kind of like the theme of many of our lives! Making peace with the body we've been issued, not one of our imagination, working on whatever other drivers (not true hunger) lead us to pick up the food... it's all one great big puzzle. Keep working on it, using whatever tools seem right, and live your life! emoticon

    btw, want a giggle? I saw the title, "IE" and my geek brain went right to "Internet Explorer"... did Marsha change computers or operating systems? emoticon
    37 days ago
    Good blog! Lots of inspiration!
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