Food is a response to hunger. It isn’t a reward or punishment. When you are hungry, eat because it is the relevant response. When you are not hungry, don’t eat because that doesn’t make sense. When you learn to reconnect hunger and eating and take the reward/punishment mentality out of it, you are on your way…
Just try leaving a bite behind- Do you miss it? There is power in learning that you can leave a little behind. You will get better and better at this as you realize that whenever you are hungry you can eat.
My aunt, mom, stepmom, etc.! did too- that’s okay, you know what you are doing: Diets Don’t Work (in fact, they make you heavier…)
The diet industry is just delighted that their ads keep us from using our common sense…
Yes, PMS used to mess up my eating too. Just learn what helps you- take care of yourself. Rigid dieting only makes it worse. A healthy thin mentality will get you through. (When you crave some chocolate eat it, with pleasure, not guilt. Your body is smart. There is research that women really do benefit from chocolate during pms!)
When you aren’t dieting, you can trust your cravings. But dieting completely distorts your hunger and cravings.
You know they don’t work…Look at your own history. The first step to a thin mentality is a 100% commitment to no more diets. You will behave differently if you think a diet is in your future if this “doesn’t work.” NO! Stay in the present. NO more diets.
How can you eat when you are hungry when you don’t know when you are hungry?
I understand. But believe me, you have hunger and NON hunger signals. They are just buried under a layer of diet mentality.
Just quiet your brain and start listening to your body. Your body’s voice may be a whisper now, but it will get louder and louder when you start respecting it.