Boy, does it feel good to read this book!! I'm not sure it has all the answers, but at least the author understands the ISSUES!!! This is the exact opposite of weight watchers that claims to have all kinds of answers, but as far as I can see has NO IDEA of the problems of weight loss even are.
For example--last night I read about a woman who learned intutive eating well enough that she knew when she was full and knew when she had reached that last magic bite that would satisfy here. She STILL had a problem because she was angry that she was full before she wanted to be done eating. She still wanted the taste and the sensation and the pleasure of eating to continue--but her body was signaling enough. HOORAY!!!! That is often EXACTLY how I feel. That's why I was writing yesterday about the need to avoid temptation. It's nice that I can go to the cheesecake factory and have cheesecake--but the cake is very rich and odds are that my body will be finished looooong before my mind is finished.
So what to do? Well, I could use more help on this part---basically their idea is that by continuting to apply their principles--honoring hunger, never restricting food, honoring fullness, looking for ways to satisfy other needs like boredom or anxiety without food, that eventually these feelings of wanting more even after I'm done will ease up. Well....I hope so. What can I do but keep trying? At least I feel validated.
Another thing that I really liked was the very simple and obvious sentence that went something like, "It's not appropriate to use food to deal with emotions." OKAY!! Yes! One of those things that I "know" but good for me to hear. That's not to say that people don't use food for emotional reasons--they do all the time, and it's ok to use food to soothe and protect sometimes--just not all the time. It's not supposed to be the first and only go-to coping mechanism.