I've read a lot about intuitive eating on blogs and such. I've never actually read a book about it which I'm sure would be helpful. But I don't think I will. Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full. To me that's what it is all about. Is there is some huge part of it I'm missing?
I just think this is the natural next step for me. I need to become aware of these things. I have always joked that I can't do Intuitive Eating because I don't know that I'm full until my pants button has popped open and I feel like I need to puke. LOL. But this should not be!
I feel like I have enough control to focus on this now. I will use my nutritional plan (which is not a diet because technically I can eat anything I want) as a boundary. I think the idea of no boundaries is what has scared me away from intuitive eating for so long, but I think I can apply the basic principles of eating only when I am hungry and stopping when I am full, while keeping my nutritional recommendations as the cap. The goal will be to never eat more than is recommended, but some days I may eat less, if that is what my body tells me to do.
I can't wait to see how this turns out. I really hope I can do it because this is how normal eaters function. And I would really love to be a more normal eater. Up to this point I have relied completely on a chart to tell me when and how much I can eat. If the package says I can have 14 pretzels, well then by golly--I'm going to eat 14 pretzels! I never think about hunger, only what the "plan" tells me. There isn't anything wrong with that--I don't think I could have come right out of the gate and been successful with intuitive eating, I needed hard line boundaries in the beginning. I needed that structure so I could give complete focus to working through the emotional/mental issues I have with food. Now, I think I'm ready to take it to another level. We'll see...
Any input from the Intuitive Eaters out there?