What is normal eating? I talk about normal eating, but I haven't defined normal eating. Rather than a definition, I have a vision of normal eating: I picture my friend Jessica who can keep an open bag of cookies on her desk weeks. Or Tania who frequently tells me "it's just food." I picture my friend Kristin choosing to eat a plum for a snack, not because it's a healthy choice, but because that's what she wants to eat.
It's not that I want to eat the foods the same foods that Jessica,Tania and Kristin, I want to have a similar attitude and thoughts when it comes to food.
Therefore, if I'm eating like a normal person I will:
- eat reasonable amounts, most of the time;
- eat a variety of foods;
- choose to eat healthy foods because I want to not because I have to;
- not count calories, points or servings;
- ignore a bag of cookies on the counter and ice cream in the freezer (but eat a cookie and/or a bowl of ice cream if I really want to);
- not think about food all the time;
- not struggle with junk food;
- not be afraid of feeling hungry;
- understand that food isn't going to taste great all the time;
- decide to eat food (or not);
- not feel guilty if I eat too much food, or not enough variety or not eat enough healthy foods;
- not gain weight just because I'm not longer on a diet.
This post, like so many posts of my posts was inspired by Munchberry's comment on a recent post, What EDNOS means to me.
I wonder who decides what is normal. I know few normal people and am pretty sure it is overrated. I know few thin people who have food in proper perspective. Proper being that it does not rule some aspect of your life or mind. Even my hubby - who I consider the most healthy in relation to food gets a belly occasionally. His pants get tight, he stops overeating. He lacks my creative self delusion.
Still I would prefer not to be so tangled in my relationship with food. That is what I am looking for. I hate the drama. Since I have been home the drama is back. Very dismaying since I was doing so well before and during my trip. But here I am. Not at square one, but if say - I was on square 20 before I am now on square 7. Sigh. I will be glad when summer is over and temptation to eat out of control is diminished.Munch, I think you decide your own definition of normal eating. From your comment, I think you have formed your own thoughts on what normal eating is for you, which may or may not be an important goal in your journey. From reading about Mr. Munchberry, I think he fits into my definition of a normal eater.
And I'm with you, in the end, I too want to be less tangled in my relationship with food. After all, it's just food right?
Karen @kclanderson.com writes about normal eating, including a post called Practicing "Normal" Eating. If you haven't read it, I recommend that you do.