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Food for Thought: An Exercise for Intuitive Eating

| 6/7/2010 3:19:43 PM

Stephanie Small
Stephanie Small is founder of Three Sisters Nutrition, a phone-based practice helping women improve their relationship with food, and blogs for holistic weight loss site 9 Weight Loss.

We're inundated with fad diets. Books, CDs and supplements saturate the market, “guaranteed” to help us achieve the lean, toned figure we crave. Every few years a new diet fad emerges, and we hear over and over again how fantastic it is, only to learn of its pitfalls a few years later.

For every vegan who’s convinced they’ve seen the light, that their skin has never been more radiant and their mood more elevated, there’s a vegan in recovery who can tell you all the ways that a meatless diet sickened them.

Atkins followed by the book can be great, but people who subsist on bacon cheeseburgers end up in the hospital.

All diets have one problem in common: If you follow them, you are relying on a rigid, externally imposed set of rules rather than your own innate wisdom. It’s bound to backfire sooner or later.

You may have heard of intuitive eating—the concept of choosing foods (and beverages) based upon what your body’s asking for. This is not the way the average American functions. Slow down and listen to my body? No way! I have errands to run, kids to pick up, a job to do and things to worry about!

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