Blogs About 'Intuitive Eating'

Are You Physically Hungry or Are You Emotionally Hungry?

When I started to change my relationship with food and eating, it was very hard for me to tell the difference between stomach hunger and emotional hunger. Every time I felt anything in my belly I interpreted it as the need to eat. It can be quite tricky to tell the difference at times because the hollow feeling in your stomach from hunger can be similar to the empty feeling of sadness or loneliness. The cramps or constrictions in our belly from anxiety are similar to the contractions of stomach hunger....

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Binge Eating: 5 Reasons We Binge & What To Do About It

I used to feel such debilitating shame and guilt every time I binged. I believed that I had zero willpower. I believed that I was weak and that I had no control. I also believed that all I needed to do, to sort myself out was to exercise more discipline. After a binge-eating episode, I would punish and starve myself to make up for it. The running commentary in my head was “You’re hopeless, why can’t you just stick to this eating plan – how hard can it be!” I felt so deprived most...

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The Long & Bumpy Path To Peace With Food

Many of my clients ask me about my experience in ending a 27 year long diet roller coaster ride and setting sail in the unchartered waters of Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating is a set of principles and a process that helps you recover from dieting and craziness around food. I was a chronic dieter, losing and gaining weight every year for 27 years. When I discovered the non-diet approach it was like winning the lotto. I loved the idea of giving myself unconditional permission to eat what I want....

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Give Yourself Unconditional Permission To Eat What You Want!

WHAT??? Y.E.S. Anything you want. This is Principle 3 “Make Peace with Food” in the book Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. If you haven’t read the book and you want to change your relationship with food, I highly recommend it. What does this principle actually mean? It means: No more forbidden foods. No more restriction. No more good foods / bad foods. Take away the food rules. Remove guilt and deprivation. Eating what you really want. No more...

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10 Myths About Dieting, Food and Our Bodies

I am reading Beyond a Shadow of a Diet by Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel and it’s probably one of the best books on the non-diet approach I have read in a while. I can highly recommended it if you want to go deep into our relationship with dieting, food and our bodies. In the book Matz and Frankel give a list of diet myths,  I am going to share them with you in this week’s blog. Myth 1: Dieting is a good way for people to lose weight It’s absolutely not! In fact 95% of people...

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Do You Have A Healthy Relationship With Food?

When we think about our relationship with food, we tend to focus on WHAT we are eating. A healthy relationship with food is not just about what we eat but also WHY and WHEN and HOW we eat. The main causes of an unhealthy relationship with food are: Diets, restrictive eating and choosing to eliminate food groups for non-health reasons. Body dissatisfaction and negative body image. Emotions – from trauma to stress to mild emotional discomfort. Physical discomfort and pain. Environmental...

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Dieting versus Mindful Eating

Mindfulness is a buzzword. Mindfulness is applied to stress, depression, anxiety, illness and eating.  And there are many interpretations of Mindful Eating. When I tell people I am a Mindful Eating Coach they often say they don’t eat “mindfully” at all, implying healthily. But mindful eating isn’t just about WHAT we eat, WHERE we eat, it is also about WHY we eat, HOW we eat and WHAT is going on for us while we eat. Traditionally, when people have eating challenges they turn to dieting...

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Why Do We Overeat?

I spent this weekend away in one of the most beautiful parts of the Little Karoo, a charming town called Montagu (famous for its nuts, fruit and wine). The highlight of the trip was a unique bicycle ride called L’Eroica. On the flight home I was reflecting on the fair amount of mindless eating I did and how easy it is to go unconscious around food, even when you work with mindful eating every day! I am a bit of an anxious flyer, so I decided to spend the time in the air writing on what triggers...

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How To Survive The Holidays

Food, Family, Friends and Frivolities: The Full Catastrophe! "Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light. From now on our troubles will be out of sight. Have yourself a merry little Christmas make the yuletide gay. From now on our troubles will be miles away” — Frank Sinatra The holidays and Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year, with the promise of good cheer, peace and togetherness but so often this time of the year ends in irritation, conflict and...

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