So many of the people I have worked with over the years have echoed the same desire, “I want to eat what I want, when I want, without the consequences.”
Their heart felt frustrations rang in my ear as I read Portia de Rossi’s words this weekend. In the epilogue of her book, Unbearable Lightness, she speaks of learning how to do just this by following a role model. Her role model was her partner at the time and she was intrigued at how she stayed a constant weight, was healthy, and ate whatever she wanted.
Like many people who are first walking down the path towards peace with food, Portia began looking at the people around her to try and understand what “normal” eating was. Portia writes how she noticed that her partner stopped eating when she was full, ate more sometimes because it was delicious, and chose to stop in other moments because there would be more to eat tomorrow.
Do you have any role models in your life that do this? How do your eating habits differ from theirs?
In order to begin cultivating this same perspective on eating, it is best to start at the fundamental understanding of hunger and fullness.
Weekly Challenge: Rate your hunger and fullness at least once a day for the next 7 days. Use the definition list below.