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What is Normal Eating?

Normal Eating Is...

  • Positive and flexible eating that depends on internal cues to regulate it
  • Being able to eat when you are hungry and continue eating until you're satisfied
  • Being able to choose food you like and eat it and get enough of it - not just stop eating because you think you should
  • Being able to use moderate constraint in your food selection to get the right food, but not being so restrictive that you miss out on pleasurable foods
  • Giving yourself permission to eat sometimes becase you are happy, sad, or bored, or just because it feels good
  • Three meals a day, most of the time, but it can also be choosing to snack
  • Leaving some food on the plate because you know you'll have it tomorrow
  • Eating more now because it tastes wonderful when it is fresh
  • Over-eating at times - feeling stuffed and uncomfortable
  • Under-eating at times - and wishing you had more
  • Trusting your body to make up for mistakes in eating
  • Knowing it takes time and attention, but it keeps place as only one important area of your life
  • Flexible, and varies in response to your emotions, your schedule, your hunger, and your proximity to food.

Reprinted from: How to Get Your Kid to Eat... But Not Too Much by Ellyn Satter