Monthly Archives: August 2009

What Is “Normal Eating”?

Since everyone else today seems to be asking “What Is Normal Eating?” (Psych Central blog, New York Times Wellness blog, Feed Me I’m Cranky blog), I figured I should address it here – at the official “Normal Eating” Web site.

“Normal eating” means eating according to body wisdom – which then begs the question, “What is body wisdom?”

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5 Reasons Emotional Eaters Shun Mindfulness

There’s been a lot of discussion in the forum lately about mindful eating – generally how much people don’t want to do it. It’s ironic that emotional eaters who claim to love eating find it so hard to just eat – to focus only on eating when they’re eating. It seems the only time that emotional eaters don’t think about food is when they’re eating!

Mindful eating is the functional opposite of emotional eating, and therefore its antidote. It blocks the payoff of emotional eating, so it’s no wonder that people resist it. But for that same reason, it’s essential.

The complaints about mindful eating generally fall into five categories:

  1. Mindful eating is boring.
  2. Checking in with myself makes me anxious.
  3. I’m too busy to take the time to just eat.
  4. It feels like too much work.
  5. It feels like a diet.

Here’s what’s behind each of these complaints.

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