Normal Eating Explained

What is Normal Eating?

I am a foodie and proud of it.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve adjusted my eating habits. Gone are the days when I could eat anything, and in any quantity, without it showing around my midsection. That privilege left me around the 35 year old mark.

I gave up soda, most red meat and fast foods. Also any ingredient on a label that had more than a dozen consonants or that I could not easily pronounce. Corn fructose syrup? Out! Organic anything? In! I love fruit and I eat it often. Veggies are also a welcome.

My main problem seems to be the quantity rather than the quality of the food. Sometimes — and I must emphasize sometimes — I find it hard to say no to a second home-made biscuit. If the first one was so delish, wouldn’t a second one be delisher? The answer is YES! according to my brain.

Which brings me to an article I read earlier on a site that is dedicated to the study of the brain: PsycheCentral, one of Time’s 50 Best Websites for 2008.

The article tries to answer the question What is Normal Eating? I’ve asked myself the same question at least a half-dozen occasions in my lifetime. Well, at least in the post-35 time of my life.

According to Ellyn Satter, an expert on eating and feeding quoted in the article:

“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good.

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2 thoughts on “Normal Eating Explained

  1. kyraanderson August 30, 2009 / 10:44 am

    i would LOVE to eat ‘normally’! it’s a goal of mine.

    sending xx from a fellow ‘foodie’ !!

  2. digdeeper2 September 16, 2009 / 12:58 am

    Check out her website ellynsatter.com – she now has helpers!

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