Intuitive Eating & Mindfulness at Mealtime

EDIT™ Worksheets | Be True To Your Self Intuitive Eating #8 | Intuitive Mindful Meal Process I grew up hearing the old adage, “you are what you eat.” Unfortunately for our clients, they believe this to be true. The truth is though, we aren’t what we eat. We need food to nourish our bodies and souls but we are not what we eat. Our clients are bodies, minds, hearts and souls. They are not pieces of chocolate cake or fried chicken! Mealtime is one of the most vulnerable times of our client’s days. It is at the dinner table or at the company luncheon that our clients are faced with the very thoughts and insecurities that plague them. Intuitive eating can help clients remember to “check in” with the type and amount of food their bodies truly need at meals. And mindful eating skills can help the client find freedom and security while eating, especially in environments which can otherwise be very triggering . The Intuitive Mindful Meal Process is one way we as therapists can directly support our clients on their path of healing and restoration. The best way to use this worksheet is to eat in session with your client. Instead of initially sharing a meal with one another, start out with a sample “safe” snacks – maybe a few apple slices, some baby carrots, a handful of raw almonds. If your client is willing, you can also add two pieces of dark chocolate (one piece for each of you). Lay each snack out on a table in front of you and your client, and being to walk through the worksheet. It helps to start out with...

Intuitive Eating: WHY We Eat

 EDIT™ Worksheets | Be True Your Self Intuitive Eating #1 | The Three Reasons WHY We Eat I’m feeling low on energy, and need a snack… I just finished dinner, and want something sweet… I’ve just had a stressful day, and want my favorite comfort food… Can you relate to eating for these three different reasons? The first is the body’s PHYSICAL NEED for food – or, HUNGER. The second is a PHYSICAL DESIRE for specific foods although not necessarily hungry, for example, dessert – also called APPETITE. The third is an EMOTIONAL DESIRE for specific foods, as a means of self-soothing – referred to as COMFORT. It’s normal to eat for all three of these reasons – and eating disorders reflect being out of balance with why we eat. Eating disorder recovery is about restoring this balance, through Intuitive Eating. As a little more background information for you as an EDIT™ practitioner – I developed the terminology for these three reasons why people eat as an outcome of my own research. I observed the eating patterns of people who reported never having had an eating disorder, and noted that the reasons people ate fell into three main categories. My original terms were “Physical Need,” “Physical Desire,” and “Emotional Desire” – which I have since simplified as “Hunger,” “Appetite,” and “Comfort.” On a typical day, people without eating disorders reported eating for the three different reasons with these percentages: Hunger (75-100%), Appetite (0-25%), Comfort (0-10%). What this means is that some days, a person might eat in this distribution: Hunger (75%), Appetite (15%), Comfort (10%). Another day, perhaps their proportions may be: Hunger (90%), Appetite (10%), Comfort (0%). Occasionally, people without eating disorders reported: Hunger (100%), Appetite (0%),...