What does it mean to have a healthy relationship with food?
I couldn’t answer that right now for myself, but I’m working on it. I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon fANNEtastic food a few months ago. It’s a great blog by Anne Mauney, a registered dietitian in the D.C. area who discusses the Intuitive Eating approach to food.
On Anne’s recommendation, I purchased Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch’s book Intuitive Eating, which I really enjoyed reading. I’m currently reading it for the second time. According to the Intuitive Eating book and website…
Intuitive Eating is centered around 10 principles:
- Reject the Diet Mentality
- Honor Your Hunger
- Make Peace with Food
- Challenge the Food Police
- Respect Your Fullness
- Discover the Satisfaction Factor
- Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food
- Respect Your Body
- Exercise–Feel the Difference
- Honor Your Health
Thanks to Anne’s great posts and this book, I’m redefining my relationship with food. More on this to come.
The book encourages you to allow yourself to consume “play foods” (a.k.a. junk food, cheat meals, etc.) that you have previously considered off limits.
“Play foods” I plan to eat soon:
- Cinnamon roll – Cinnabon classic from the Schlotzsky’s/Cinnabon down the street.
- Deep dish pizza
- Ice cream sandwich – Have been wanting one ever since I listened to The Sporkful Podcast episode Calls: How Do You Eat An Ice Cream Sandwich In The Shower? Probably not going to enjoy mine in the shower but I will take it outside for a similar warming effect.
- Nachos – from Taco Cabana. Never had before. My curiosity is killing me.
“Play foods” recently consumed:
- Lasagna – About as good as I remember. Although I don’t really eat beef or pork, when I want some in the future, I’m going to have some. Just not from Carino’s. (July 2016)
- Bluebell Ice Cream – I had never tried their Chocolate Chip flavor before and this was a pretty good one to reintroduce Bluebell into my life. Good. Even better with a spoonful of natural crunchy peanut butter added to make it extra fatty and satisfying. Yep, I went there. Note that the chocolate “chips” aren’t really chips. They’re more like chocolatey flakes and they taste like the chocolate coating used for an “ice cream on a stick” novelty dessert. Disappointing because I was looking forward to biting into frozen traditional chocolate chips. I think next time I’ll make my own with a bag of chocolate chips and a carton of Homemade Vanilla.
- Caesar salad – No wonder people love this stuff. Definitely going to enjoy when I want to. The richness is satisfying. (June 2016)
Haven’t ordered one in ages because I’ve conditioned myself to believe it’s “not healthy enough” for a salad.
- Frozen custard – Shake’s Frozen Custard vanilla with hot fudge sauce. Almost as wonderful as I remembered. Sizable portion but I left wanting more. (June 2016)
- Donuts – Krispy Kreme, just as good as I remember. Will eat again. (May 2016)
- Chocolate chip cookie dough – refrigerated “break and bake” cookie dough and cookies. Wish I hadn’t bought the natural/preservative-free kind from Pillsbury.. They didn’t taste like I remembered, and I also screwed up the baking times because I cooked in our toaster oven. Will try the classic Nestle Tollhouse kind with all those preservatives in our standard oven soon. (May 2016)