“Ask yourself one important question: Do I deserve and desire to feel satisfaction when I eat?” That’s the question dietician Elyse Resch poses in this article.
This question goes right to the heart of intuitive eating (and the reason for this blog). And that is the premise that pleasure is the basis for healthy eating.
This is a revelation to those of us who have grown to associate healthy eating with deprivation and yukky plain tasting food.
You’re likely to have been so inundated with rules of what to eat, which foods are “good” and which are “bad,” when you should eat, and how much you should eat, that you may have lost touch with the pleasure of eating and your right to engage in this pleasure.
Unfortunately, for so many in American culture, the pleasure of eating promotes feelings of guilt and wrongdoing, and, of course, dieting plays right into this ethic. It causes you to make sacrifices and settle for less. But if you settle for food or an eating experience that’s inferior, it will cause you to long for more, and you’re apt to eventually find yourself overeating.
When you recognize your right to pleasure and satisfaction in eating, you are establishing the basis for better eating choices for the long term.
Elyse is one of the pioneers of stopping dieting and a co-author of the book Intuitive Eating – A Revolutionary Program That Works.