Thought bullets for this month come from the book by
entitled When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies by Jane Hirschmann and Carol
- Could the cure for compulsive eating be eating? The theory
is this: compulsive and binge eating often result from denial of food for long periods of
time and then consumption of large quantities of food in a very short time period. It is
time to return to the internal body cues of hunger and satiety. Every time you feel
hungry, eat something, and stop when you are satisfied and no longer hungry.
- Nutritional advice over more than three decades seems to often
leave us more confused than enlightened. Think of the different advice given for sugar,
sodium, caffeine, eggs, cholesterol, and fat and sugar substitutes.
- The chains that bind us to negative self-thoughts about body
image are not easily broken. Some of us have perfected "body bashing" through
years and even decades of practice. Breaking the chains takes practice.
- Something to ponder: if during your life time, women never talked
about diets, fat, and faults of their bodies......what conversations would have taken
- The beauty mythpeople's right to judge someone
else's beauty, while remaining unjudged themselves.
- Every single body has its own unique size and shape. Give up the
societal pressures that stamp out individual differences and attempt to squeeze everyone
into a single mold. Before you rule out embracing your current body's size and shape (I
don't want to spend my whole life this big!) consider this: how much of your current
"body-bashing" results in over-eating?
Source: Hirschmann JR, Munter CH. When Women
Stop Hating Their Bodies: Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession.
Fawcett Books; 1997.
Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD
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