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.