Mindful Eating | Intuitive Eating 2017-01-23T21:31:58+00:00

Mindful Eating  |  Intuitive Eating

“I’ve tried every diet on the face of the earth.”

Suggest that a person with a food addiction stop eating when she is full, and she will laugh at you like you just don’t get it.

She probably hasn’t heard of mindful eating or intuitive eating.

People with eating disorders have completely lost touch with their body signals. They learned early to ignore them and now they cannot recruit them when they need to. They stop trusting their bodies to tell them what they need to eat, when, or how much. In fact, they begin to believe their bodies are the problem.

 

What are your natural controls over food?

  1. Hunger
  2. Food Cravings
  3. Fullness

Reconnecting with your body’s natural controls with food is an idea  that became popular in the 1980’s and has been written about by many authors such as Geneen Roth, Jane Hirschmann, Carol Munter, Ellyn Satter, and Evelyn Tribole. They coined new terms: Mindful Eating and Intuitive Eating.

There are some subtle differences between mindful eating and intuitive eating. From a psychological perspective, they both involve tuning into your inner cues rather than depending on restrictive rules that backfire.

 

You can learn to trust your body through Mindful Eating and Intuitive Eating.

Once people have gotten the hang of paying attention to their bodies as a way to regulate their eating, they are surprised by how reliable the body signals are. Instead of fighting a terrible battle with hunger and feeling stuffed, they begin to consistently respond to their hunger and fullness. This feels good, so they want to keep doing it. No longer feeling rebellious, they consistently eat a wide variety of foods instead of alternating between rabbit food and junk food.

It is interesting to me that even though this approach does not directly address a person’s emotions, it is so consistently nurturing that it can have an effect on a person’s sense of well-being. That makes it easier to handle the emotional challenges that arise each day.

 

How I can help:

Join a small therapy group of women who are overeating and gaining weight.

Private individual or family sessions are available for men, women, adolescent boys and girls.

Call me at (314) 446-2899 or send me an email to ask questions and find out how I can help you.

 

 

Kylie Dennis, PhD, LCSW

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