I remember reading Paul McKennas' book "I can make you thin" a few years ago. It was different to all the diet books I had read before. It got back to eating naturally when you crave particular food and to listen to your body. The book also included body work and hypnosis, but the heart of it were the four golden rules:
- Eat when you are hungry.
- Eat what you want.
- Eat mindfully.
- Stop eating when you feel full.
And even this sounded pretty good to me - and I was really excited to leave dieting behind -, I actually got into a new diet: The four golden rules diet. I felt bad when I ate cake at a birthday and I wasn't hungry. I still felt bad when I was eating something „unhealthy“. I gave up and looked for a new fix: The next diet. I’m actually a pretty bad dieter. I usually never diet longer than two days because my body reacts with binge eating. But I'm something they call "The conscious eater". I have the diet rules in my head: I categorize food into good and bad. I try to limit junk food and sweets and when I buy something I eat it all at once. And my reaction was to limit it even more until I just went to the supermarket just to buy chips and chocolate and soda. I never thought about that even if I almost never was on an „official“ diet, I still was dieting in my head. I never thought about this „eating all at once“ is a reaction of my body which is afraid I will start a new „healthy eating“ diet and with that all the good stuff is gone.
A new book - a new beginning?
But a few days ago I watched this presentation and I decided to buy the book „Intuitive Eating“ by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. It was mind blowing. The book contains a lot of information why diets are so bad for us, a categorization of different types of eaters, a chapter about eating disorders and raising children to natural eaters, but the heart of the book are the 10 principles:
1) Reject the Diet Mentality
2) Honor Your Hunger
3) Make Peace with Food
4) Challenge the Food Police
5) Feel Your Fullness
6) Discover the Satisfaction Factor
7) Cope with Your Emotions without using Food
8) Respect Your Body
9) Exercise: Feel the Difference
10) Honor Your Health - Gentle Nutrition
Every principle has its own chapter and I'm looking forward to read through all of it. But I decided to do one by one, reading a few pages every day and give myself time to let the new information sink.
They also talk about five stages you are going through to become an intuitive eater and I guess I'm at stage 1 - "Readiness - Hitting the Diet Bottom"
And of course I will let you know how I am doing. On the one hand I feel like this is a relief. It actually helps that this not a "program", there is no deadline when it's finished. I have as much times as I want. On the other side I know the summer is coming, "Bikini Body Programs" popping out everywhere and friends are dieting to get flat abs for the beach. It's hard and it's gonna be hard. But I feel this is worth it and I want to enjoy this summer without thinking about my body.
Have a wonderful weekend!