Friday, October 7, 2011

Are you trapped by diet dogma?

It's time to stop being a prisoner of diet dogma. 

Steve Jobs, who knew how to create change, said,  

"Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."

Diet programs are what someone else thinks you should eat. While the idea of eating healthy and balanced makes complete sense, eating a certain # of calories a day because someone tells you to is a disconnect from your physical reality.

Intuitive eating is being tuned into yourself physically and emotionally. Your physical needs are unique. It's not rigid because your life is full of the unexpected and unlikely. 

Life is not all neat and tidy. It's bold and unpredictable. You can take control of your eating by using your intuition to stay in touch with your body. You can choose what feels right.

Eating intuitively is always a direct response to physical needs. When you've had an exhausting day, you may not feel hungry- so don't eat. Your body may prefer the nourishment of sleep. As you learn to recognize intuitive cues from your body and trust your private intuitive voice, life get easier.

It's good to learn about what's healthy but your body responds to food in a completely unique way from everything else! This means, what fills me up may not satisfy you, or what your friend eats may cause bloat in your stomach.

Intuitive eating is a relaxed flexible attitude that's tuned into your unique needs. You work with your body for enduring weight loss instead of forcing change that doesn't last.

Dieting doesn't work long term when you plug into formula. 95% of people who diet gain back more weight than they lost. Why keep doing something that makes you feel badly about yourself and doesn't work?

Be bold. Think like Steve Jobs and get results you want!
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daphne said...

Hi Jane,

thanks for sharing this. I read recently in the book, "overcoming overeating," about an exercise where you spend one day paying no attention to meal times and only eat when your body asks for food. I love the idea of throwing away all "rules" around eating.

Jane Bernard said...

Bravo Daphne! The only 'rules' to follow are those that feel good to your body. That's being an intuitive eater.