Disease Proof

Intuitive Eating

In his books and in his practice, Dr. Fuhrman repeatedly describes the idea that we should learn to listen to our bodies and respond to "true hunger," as opposed to "toxic hunger." Toxic hunger, as he writes in Disease-Proof Your Child, is not the product of your body saying it needs nourishment, but rather "withdrawal symptoms from an unhealthful diet."

The notion that our bodies know, on some level, how to eat healthily, is supported somewhat by some new research. Dr. Steven R. Hawks of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has been instructing people in what he calls "intuitive eating," and in a pilot study they have reportedly been losing weight and feeling good.

Reuters Health News desbribes the approach:

To become an intuitive eater, a person also needs to adopt two key behaviors. They must learn how not to eat for emotional, environmental or social reasons and they must listen to their body and eat only when hungry and stop when full. They must also learn how to interpret body signals, cravings, and hunger and respond in a healthy way.

Of course, the day before Thanksgiving--our national salute to overeating--could be just about the worst time to bring this up, right? Something to keep in mind, anyway.

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Robin K - December 5, 2005 9:48 AM

Of course, "learning not to eat for emotional, environmental and social reasons" is very complicated and challening for some people who have always done so. One can change, but it takes work!
I have seen a book called Intuitive Eating by Eveyln Tribole at the bookstore, which seems to give much useful advice on this issue. Has anyone read it with good results?

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