I actually read Intuitive Eating back in 2009 when I made my first effort at leaving behind diet culture (I think it was the older edition at that point). Back then it didn’t resonate and it very quickly became my excuse to eat a lot of cookies, icecream etc, basically all the foods I had restricted. My rationale was “This is what I want to eat and I’m listening to my body by eating it”. I thought I was losing control of my eating and was going blow up. If I would have just rolled with it, I’m sure the allure of these foods would have worn off and my eating would have balanced out, but instead I thought the IE message was bunk and abandoned it.
"Restrained eaters, in essence, are chronic dieters who are preoccupied with dieting and weight control. To stay in control with their food, restrained eaters set up rules that dictate how they should eat, rather than listening to their bodies."
This is me too. There are so many “shoulds” floating around in my brain when I select what I’m going to eat.
“But eating whenever you feel like it, without regard to hunger and fullness, might not be a very satisfying experience and might also cause physical discomfort.”
Yes! This is such a good point. Eating to full/stuffed doesn’t feel great. Honoring our fullness is just as important as honoring our hunger.