Mister Yuck

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Once I get past this damn draft, if you need a lunch buddy, let me know. My life should be freer after this quarter.

That's the problem with food. It's something we need to survive but in this culture it's been turned into something evil- at least for women.

I, on the other hand, have to be careful to check in with myself to see if I'm snacking because I'm bored or stressed. Identifying when I was not actually hungry and not snacking has not, in fact, resulted in a bunch of weight loss because I didn't eat all that much to begin with but I do feel healthier because, quite often, the snacks available to me at those times were not good. I will, instead, try to take a short walk to release some of the stress.

Desserts were made into a coveted item when I was young from all the dieting and denial my mother put me though. Since I began reminding myself I can have them when I want them the imperative to have them has lessened. I have chocolate bars around for weeks more often than not. Ice cream is the one thing I just have to limit having around. I still have to work on finding non-food rewards and non-dessert rewards to change that programming.

I get appalled when, like the last couple days, I eat more than usual - even though I'm not necessarily eating a bunch compared to even my co-workers - I'm just eating more than *I'm* used to eating. That said, since I have learned to pay attention to it, eat what my body is craving, and stop fighting it - I have become more healthy.

Eh - I lost track of what else I was thinking in regard to this and I need to get back to work now...

One of the good things about the Overeaters Anonymous program is the committing of your food for the day to another person...Some one close to me is in that program and it seems to work for all sorts of Eating Disorders ..Just sayin...As you know I am active in a 12 step program and find the doors wide enough to accomodate a UU pagan. I do have to sometimes remember the bumper sticker "Jesus Save me from your followers" But all are welcome..

Booze is the only "drug" I cant seem to use on a controlled or as prescribed basis..all sorts of science around this THIQ brain enzymes etc.

A lot of the principles are the same, but I think it's also important to remember that it can be incredibly triggering to someone with a restrictive eating disorder to hear intuitive eating put in terms of eating less rather than more. For anorexics, in particular, being surrounded by a culture that privileges and encourages food restriction can be a really important part of the disorder, as the look around for signals reinforcing both their negative body images and restrictive behavior. Questions that are therapeutic and helpful for someone working to overcome overeating--i.e. "Are you really hungry? Is it physical or emotional?"--can be twisted into means for anorexics to rationalize further restricting already restrictive diets and convince themselves that they don't *really* need food on occasions when they'd otherwise eat.

I agree, was only suggesting the "commit our food to another concept" not recommending OA to some one who isnt an Overeater.. That is a bad as the Courts and the "treatment Industry" idea that a drug is a drug and sending addicts to AA. AA is for Alcoholics..NA for Adicts..While many are dually addicted , the dynamics are different and sending an anoerxic to OA is about the same as sending an addict to AA..They may get something out of it but it dilutes the message to those who need it.

When I have those days (and I am staying vague because this is something I'm having a hell of a time with the idea of being out about, even now that it's little more than old echoes; this comment is the most I've ever said in a public place), I make myself go back to this. And read it. Twice, sometimes.

The first time I read it, it changed the way I looked at food, and at our culture, and especially at diet culture. It was scary, and then enlightening, and then sad, and then infuriating. Since then, it's become a sort of touchstone to help ground me back toward intuitive eating when my first impulse is to stop cold.

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Just keep passing it on. =)

It really does change everything, though, doesn't it? Like getting your first pair of glasses and seeing how different the world looks in sharp focus.

I love Junkfood Science.

I'm also a big fan of Every Woman Has an Eating Disorder.

Junkfood Science is marvelous about nutrition and not so great about food allergies. On the whole, though, it's a marvelous blog.

Every Woman Has an Eating Disorder is great, too--I'd stumbled over it once and really liked it, but then promptly forgot. Thanks for reminding me!!

I don't have time to go on about this the way I want to. I'll only say that the "hunger is a weakness to be conquered" viewpoint pisses me off, and makes me want to point out to such people the staggering luxury and privilege of living in a country and a culture where one can choose to go hungry. I'm pretty sure people in, oh, North Korea or Eritrea don't consider themselves "virtuous" for being constantly hungry.

I swear, the sentence, "You'd be so pretty if you lost some weight" still makes me want to stab people in the face, repeatedly.

Isn't that called "justifiable homicide."?

Well said, all of it. And since it's 5:00 p.m. and I still haven't eaten, you've reminded me to get up and make myself a goddamn sandwich.

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