Mar 012012

One of my girlfriends and I have been experimenting with the concept of intuitive eating. She’s been at it longer than me, and she looks wonderful. But then again, Kathy always looks wonderful.

There are four things to keep in mind when eating intuitively:

One: Eat whatever you want.

Two: Eat when you want.

Three: Stop when you satisfied, and that can be different than being full.

Four: Be totally present to the experience of eating.

I am finding the first three far easier than the fourth. When I eat alone, too often I am thinking about what’s next on my “to-do list,”  and when eating out with a friend, I’m focused on the conversation rather than the food on my plate.

Author Geneen Roth writes a lot about this subject. She offers these additional five tips:

One: Eat when you are hungry. (Truly hungry, body hungry not mind hungry)

Two: Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This doesn’t include the car.

Three: Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspaper, books, intense or anxiety producing conversation and music.

Four: Eat only what your body wants. (Big difference from what your MIND wants!)

Five: Eat as if you are in full view of others. In other words, don’t “sneak” food.

Most experts agree that when we learn to eat intuitively we never have to diet again. Our bodies find their natural weight and guide us to the foods that are best for us.

So far, I’m enjoying the experiment. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.