I’ve had issues with weight off and on – for one reason or another – my whole life. I’ve never been much of a dieter – although there was that one summer between Junior High and High School where an actual diet regimen worked fairly well. Over the past six months or so though I’ve been doing a “diet” that isn’t really a diet and have lost thirty pounds.
This started at work – my department was designated as a “test group” to determine if this diet/education program worked well enough that it should be added as a no cost benefit to the medical coverage for all the adults we insure. I started with some skepticism (and resentment) but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.
I’ve since described the process to a medical friend and found that it actually has a name: Intuitive Eating. In other words – listening to your body and paying attention to what it needs – for example, the need for “food” is often just a need for a glass of water.
The basic idea is to eat whatever you want to eat (no keeping track of calories or buying special foods) but eat it slowly and only eat when you are truly hungry – not staving, or in need of comfort or an emotional release, just physically hungry. Then, stop when you are comfortably full. Using the techniques presented in the online class, I tried it once – with what was at the time a fairly standard lunch: 1-1/2 cups of cottage cheese, 1-1/2 cups of peaches, and a red bell pepper. I found that when I paid attention and ate slowly, I only wanted about half of the food I’d prepared.
That was the point where I decided that this was actually something that could work for me. I also acknowledged something that I’d skirted around for years: the weight had a lot more to do with the energetic weight I was packing around (pain, anger, fear, hate, and shame) than it did with what I was eating. If I really wanted to drop the weight and keep it off, I had some energetic weight to lose as well.
Thus, it began – acknowledging and clearing the energetic weight using all my meditation techniques while paying attention to my body and its needs. Success has come from doing both things at the same time. I say this because I know, absolutely, that if I’d been unwilling to make the energetic shifts those thirty pounds may have disappeared, but they wouldn’t have stayed away.
By Heidi Buswell