What is Normal Eating? – Food Therapy
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We’ve all asked this question at some point, usually prompted by the self-conscious and off-putting realization that we stick out from the crowd in some way. The interesting thing about the wild world of nutrition (or, the frustrating thing, if you talk to an R.D.) is that the most popular course of action – taken by those wanting to meet societal standards physically or accomplish aesthetic changes – is to go any direction except that which is normal, aka. diet culture. Of course, it stands to reason that what follows for your body is also abnormal – which, when it comes to health as reflected over time in bio markers like blood work and body composition, is not the optimal outcome.
This post, sourced from the fantastic Rachael Hartley Nutrition Blog, may help you take a step back if you’re lost in the waves of trendy nutrition, or just wondering if your eating is “normal” or not.
It’s one of those articles that makes it difficult to choose sample text, because the whole darn thing is just so quotable and rife with wisdom. So if you only have 30 more seconds to read, here are two snippets well worth less than a minute of your time:
“Normal eating means eating out of hunger most of the time, but not always. Normal eating is occasionally drowning your sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerrys or mindlessly eating leftover stale donuts a coworker brought into work. You may feel a hint of guilt, but rather than saying “to hell with it,” you are able to look at the situation objectively and brainstorm a better way of dealing with the trigger in the future. Because there will always be stressful days and coworkers who like to bring in donuts.”
“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It’s being able to choose the food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it – not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. That’s dietitian Ellyn Satter’s definition of normal eating, and I like it.”

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