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What is ''Normal Eating''? --Part 3

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  • Great article. I would like to do the experiment soon. At this present moment, I have my hands in too many baskets! Thank you for the ideas. I will keep them in mind and also save the article to my favorites. Fine fodder for thought! Thanks again!
  • Good article. One topic never covered is how much your senses contribute to your sense of fullness. I lost my sense of taste with a head surgery. My weight gain came from eating right but never being satisfied. I finally went to a doctor who had also studied nutrition - and found that not tasting contributed to my constant "hunger" - and because I ate when I wasn't really hungry pounds came on fast and I didn't feel well either. Substitutes are not great but do work - sight (food has to look good), aroma (food has to smell good to you), touch (you need crunch, to get a good mouth feel etc. Arrange your plate attractively and make sure you have these groups represented. Eat slowly. Memory does the rest.
  • I try so hard for healthy but no will power.
    Did pass on donuts nut had 3 cookies
  • Looking at the comment by Brooklyn Born, I have to say that, yesterday, I was reading drink a whole water between bites as a strategy and today I am reading this approach - and I agree that it has to be "whatever works based on knowing ourselves" more than anything.

    Mindfulness is one of those key words lately. The thing is practicing mindfulness isn't always even practical. Family meals and holiday meals are almost never mindful meals and if you eat lunch with coworkers, that isn't mindful either. You have to choose between mindfully paying attention to the people you are bonding with or the food. And, if you are working, most snacks come at times when it isn't easy to stop the whole world to eat one either - again you have to choose between being mindful about focusing on work or on the food.

    Keeping track of what is eating works better for me than trying to do that process.

  • I really like this article and think that it makes really valid points with great advice. Another poster mentioned about not trying it during crazy weeks - with 3 busy teenaged sons, most weeks during the school year are crazy with activities, etc. Still, even trying to be mindful and implement what parts I can help to make me aware of monitoring true hunger versus needs/cravings/etc.
  • I totally understand the intent of the article. Making us think about how we eat is a good thing. HOWEVER, for me while eating alone, I AWAYS do something else between bites. Right now I'm typing this during my morning snack. I can't eat if my fingers are typing. Breakfast and lunch follow the same pattern. If I just sit by myself and think about chewing my food, I feel weird. Dinner is with DH, so no other distractions then. Think about it, find what works for you. In my 6th year of maintenance, I'm an expert on ME, only me.
  • I always laugh when I read a suggestion like "Don’t plan to do this experiment during a week when you know things are going to be crazy or unusual" since no two weeks in my life are even remotely the same - there's ALWAYS something nutzNutzNUTZ going on.

    However, that doesn't mean that mindful eating is an impossibility. It just means that I need to be mindful about being mindful (makes sense to me!).
  • This would be a good topic to make into a challenge. I realized that I was eating my morning bowl of cereal while reading the article! I think I need this.
  • BED treatment in my country says to never leave more than 3 hours between meals, and to wait for at least 2 hours after a meal or snack. Six moments of eating are advised, and it is NOT advised to go by signals of hunger or craving nor of satiety but to start out by using a food plan that contains ENOUGH calories - think about 2000 for the average woman. Even when trying to lose weight it is warned that one should NEVER go below 1500 calories, and this is to be attempted only for a long time after the person's emotional / disordered eating has ceased.
    If a person has problems with diet mentality or emotional eating, the body is too messed up, blood sugar levels are wild, and the person cannot trust feelings like hunger or craving, nor feeling 'full'. (For example someone may resist eating breakfast saying they are still full from last night, or feel very hungry even right after a meal). My idea is that it is not nearly as easy and simple to normalize one's eating patterns as it is suggested in these articles.
  • Is there a way to track your hunger scale in SparkPeople? If there is, I just can't figure it out. Any help would be appreciated!
  • I agree with TXHONEY, eating six small calorically balanced meals more close together has helped me immensely. I had surgery on my esophagus and I had to eat this way. I had no choice but to eat mindfully and be aware of satiety and hunger because there would be repercussions if I didn't. Now that I have been doing it for a while, it comes pretty naturally to me.
  • This article proved to be timely. I am journaling my hunger before and after each meal in order to be more mindful and identify physical hunger instead of appetite or cravings. Adding a link to the hunger scale would make the article even more useful.
    Thank you!
  • Just controling when you eat does not work. I think portion control and quality of food are necessary adjuncts to frequency of eating. I found that once I suffered through the first few weeks of not just eating to be stuffed, my need to eat massive quantities of food abated.
  • First, I agree that there should be links within each article. Second, I agree that the earlier articles were better than this one. I sort of think it was a bit of a simplistic approach for someone who has such trouble 'sticking with'. However, I do like the idea of re- RESPECting hunger.

    As one who had hypoglycemia tested ages ago, it was often more obvious to others when it was time for me to eat than me. Now i know when it is 'too late' and it is hard to get people to understand when i reallllllllllly need to eat before it is too late. That's when bad habits and reaching for foods that are not food happen.

    oops going on here, mayy blogg or journal this. Guess i'm getting mindful?

    PS DO have to say that these articles put together have really given me much food for thought and good ways of looking at things.

  • I've always known that my attitudes towards food and eating weren't healthy, but now I know that they're seriously unhealthy!

    I now plan on doing the mindful eating experiment next week to see how I go. I pretty much eat the same thing for brekkie and lunch anyway, so it should be easy for me to plan the meals. Will be interesting to actually see when I get hungry.

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