How to Be at Peace with Your Appetite and HungerBy Cary Barbor
We hear a lot about how we should change our eating habits, go on this or that diet, and restrict our food in myriad ways. But what if you could be more at peace with your eating? What if you could stop cutting out certain foods and actually enjoy your meals, while also nourishing yourself as well?
In her new book, The Eating Instinct, journalist Virginia Sole-Smith advocates for just that. Sole-Smith would like to see us all have a comfortable and healthy relationship with food. To do that, we need to protect the food-related instincts we were born with, such as eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full. Here, she offers five guidelines to help us protect these instincts. So instead of going on a crash diet or cutting out whatever categories of food are currently unpopular, try implementing these strategies.
Stop apologizing for your hunger or your food choices.
We are all born with the ability to know when we are hungry and when we are full. But many of us learn to ignore or be ashamed of hunger, or to eat past satiety. Get back in touch with your instincts and eat the type and amount of food you want, when you want it. Listen to your body’s cues that it has had enough, which may be as simple as not wanting another bite, or feeling that your belly is full and y