What's Normal Eating?

Discussion in 'CD 1000-maintenance' started by KD, 27 August 2009.

  1. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    When I got to goal, I remember asking many people what normal eating was. I sort of got the idea, but have just found this article which gives a fab description

    What is Normal Eating?

    “Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful. Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be undereating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.

    In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings.”

    Copyright © 2009 by Ellyn Satter. Published at Ellyn Satter. For more eating competently (and for research backing up this advice), see Ellyn Satter’s Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family: How to Eat, How to Raise Good Eaters, How to Cook, Kelcy Press, 2008. Also see www.EllynSatter.com/shopping to purchase books and to review other resources.

    All blurb at bottom to comply with copyright permission. Worth it because it's such a great article :)
  2. Laura Croft

    Laura Croft Happily maintaining

    Aaaah KD. Thank you so much for this. It's something I've just been pondering. x
  3. Angela83

    Angela83 Well-Known Member

    hmmm... it scares me. Is that silly?

    Think much training is required for me to feel I can eat "normally" and be in control.
  4. Coley

    Coley Re-starter

    Is it weird to think........How the heck do I do that???? No hard and fast rules. No rules saying you can't overeat. I can feel the terror kicking in!
  5. Porgeous

    Porgeous Chilling

    Absolutely brilliant!

  6. Isis

    Isis Ancient Egypt Nut!

    Brill as ever!!! Cheers KD :D:D:D
  7. Toots

    Toots Well-Known Member

    That's what I'm hoping to get back to - thanks

  8. LizzMB

    LizzMB WILL be Slim!


    Never known "normal"! :(
  9. Katycakes

    Katycakes Stubborn tortoise

    Just spotted this... at the right time to take it on board. Normal... that's what I am aiming for, and boy do I know what 'not normal' is like, so that has to be a start! Thanks KD.


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