It’s been over a month since my last appointment with Evelyn Tribole (RD and author of Intuitive Eating). Unfortunately, I’ve been way too busy to see her since then, but I have been doing really well with intuitive eating.
Or at least, I was doing really well up until this week.
I am still learning my body’s hunger cues so I really need to pay attention to them – something I’ve been neglecting lately. If I don’t eat when I am first starting to get hungry, I overeat or can’t stop eating all day. It’s very important for me to be aware of what my body is signaling so I can fuel myself well to prevent a binge (the real “B” word).
I failed at that on Sunday when I snacked myself into oblivion. And today I failed by not planning and stress eating.
I had about 20 minutes after class to grab lunch and get to work. I went to a local high end supermarket thinking they would have a lot of good veggie options, but I was wrong.
I thought about it for a minute and made the executive decision to order what I thought was the healthiest sandwich option they had – turkey on wheat. I knew I would be stuck at work until 6pm and needed protein so my normal veggie sandwich wouldn’t have been the best option. Good lookin’ out.
I guess it’s been a very long time since I ordered a turkey sandwich because the amount of meat on it was ridiculous. Like, for real. I think it’s a joke to put that much stuff in a sandwich. It just falls apart.
I ate half the sandwich for lunch plus the salads. The sandwich wasn’t even that good though and I was mad at myself for ordering what I thought I should. Actually, I was more mad at myself for not packing lunch, but I’m not perfect.
Anyways, when I got home I had a major “intuitive eating break down” (read: binge) and ate the other half of my sandwich plus chips and a Vitatop. It was a “breakdown” because I wasn’t sure if I was hungry. I think I was stressed and panicky more than anything else.
The point is, I was standing in my kitchen eating until I was past full – not intuitive eating. And it’s a wake up call that I need to get back to the basics because I’m still a work in progress.
I don’t have the time to read the book cover to cover right now. I really want to because I think I’m in a very good place to really use it, but I am completely swamped with school and work and blogging right now and can barely make time for a shower. Crap, I just realized I didn’t shower today.
Anyway, here are the 10 Principles of intuitive eating and where I think I am with them…
The Ten Principles of Intuitive Eating can be found in the book and on their website. They are:
1. Reject the Diet Mentality – Done and done
2. Honor Your Hunger – Yep. I eat when I’m hungry. The problem is occasionally eating when I’m not hungry.
3. Make Peace with Food – There is no food that is off limits or “given up”.
4. Challenge the Food Police – I fought the law and I won.
5. Respect your Fullness – *This is where I am now. I often eat past fullness or eat when I’m not even hungry so I get past fullness.
6. Discover your Satisfaction Factor
7. Honor your Feelings Without Food – My stress should be handled with better planning and relaxing time, not food like I did today.
8. Respect Your Body
9. Exercise – This one kinda goes without saying.
10. Honor Your Health
The moral of this story is I am going to focus on intuitive eating again and make a real effort to prevent binges.
Things I know about myself:
1. I eat when I’m hungry
2. I eat when I’m stressed or feel out of control
How I can prevent binges:
1. Get 8 hours of sleep each night
2. Get organized so I don’t feel overwhelmed and stressed out
I am super overwhelmed with school, work, blogging and personal organization stuff right now.
And everything keeps piling up on top of it so I just feel like I can’t get ahead! Even writing out how stressed I am makes me want to cry or get in my car to start a new life in Mexico with the Tarahumara Indians.
If I’m not blogging in the morning come look for me in Mexico.
On second thought, just let me be…
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