Mindful Eating is for Normal People

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I am reposting this post of 2015  in August 2020, the fifth anniversary of the start of my blog, Art of the Diet, as well as the podcast, “PODSNACKS/TheArtoftheDiet” now “Voices from My Bunker”.  While my preoccupations of 2020 are less about weight management and more sanity management,  I am still dealing with weight management challenges as I know some of you are as well. Although managing life in a pandemic has taken over the #1 spot in my consciousness, it is always good for me to periodically affirm a few truths about weight management that are true pandemic or no pandemic. My soulless twin now uses pandemic issues as a cover!  Anyway, hope you can relate to some of it as well.  I am going to regularly repost some of the archival posts that have been the most popular as well as those which have reminded me of strategies that have helped me make this the 10th year of successfully keeping those 60 lost pounds circling the parking lot but not able to find a space! PS. If you would be willing to be interviewed about the impact of first six months of 2020 on your life, please contact me.

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The rage is on apparently: mindful eating.  Let your intuition be your guide.  “Make peace with food.”  “Honor Your Hunger”.  “Reject that diet mentality”.

Listen to when you are full.  Listen to your body's signals.

Fine.  If you are a normal person.  But, not someone with a lifetime weight problem.

Our body's signals are all f'd up.  No better way to say it.  Feelings of fullness?  Occurs once a year to the best of my memory: after Thanksgiving dinner ,which I calculated once was the equivalent of three days “points” in the WW world.

Our intuition on this topic?  Best to listen to it and do the reverse.  On any other topic, my advice is bankable on most days.

Listening to myself and my body's signals as if I was my own best friend is my Mistake Numero Uno.  My intuition is my evil twin.

My twin is soulless, manipulative, without shame and suddenly oh my god how did this happen where's the donuts– sixty pounds overweight.

Reality not intuition is my best friend.

Go ahead, Honor Your Hunger if you must, but chances are that happens only once a year as well

One of my problems is after rarely letting myself get hungry for so many years, I ,honest to god do not know the difference between about to pass out hunger and is it time for lunch hunger.

And, PS?

My evil twin is now going to be saying :”Honor your Hunger, Pat.  Go ahead.”  “Reject that diet mentality, Pat. That's SO over.”

As if I needed her to be talking more crap to me.

That evil twin voice will be the last voice in my head before I'm six feet under.  Then, and only then, can I listen to her.

One Reply to “Mindful Eating is for Normal People”

  1. I loved hearing this over the weekend. There are hundreds of online coaches telling people they need to become natural eaters, intuitive eaters; that counting calories or points or logging food is disordered eating. This may be true for a lucky few but I believe most people who struggle with impulsive overeating have a chronic condition that needs to be managed. You don’t tell an alcoholic that she needs to become a natural drinker or a shopaholic that she needs to become an intuitive shopper.

    Thanks for cutting through the crap.

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