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After seeing Heather, I realized that my eating and weight felt out of control because I was waiting too long to eat. I would ignore hunger until I finally would give in, and then I would eat so fast I wasn't even tasting the food. That led me to eat twice as much. Now I eat when I am hungry and take the time to savor my meals, I feel better about myself and have begun to trust myself around food- even chocolate-again!
- Patricia W, Flourtown, PA
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Here are some common questions:

1. I have been hearing a lot about mindful eating, what is it exactly and how does it work?
Answer: Mindful Eating is all about relearning to listen to your body. Eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. It is about choice, checking in with yourself throughout a meal and deciding if you want to continue eating, or if the food still has a pleasurable taste.

2. But, if I can eat whatever I want, how will I ever lose weight?
Answer: Because there are no forbidden foods, you never feel deprived. You know that you can have the food whenever you want, so there is no need to overdo it. No need to "sneak" french fries off your partners plate. There is no "falling off the wagon", so there are no feelings of guilt or disappontment, (which can lead some people to eat even more)!

3. I eat when I am not hungry, I eat when I am lonely or depressed. Will mindful eating help me with those issues?
Answer: YES, because mindful eating is a process of continually checking in with yourself, it forces you to become aware of your eating. Once you become aware of why you are eating, you are on your way to only eating when you are actually hungry. Did you ever notice that food tastes better when you are really hungry? Mindful eating will help you to learn other ways to deal with your feelings.

4. I am not sure mindful or intuitive eating will work for me, maybe I should just try one more diet. There are so many diet books out there, they can't all be wrong.
Answer: Unfortunately, because of our culture's obsession with food and weight, many authors including physicians have gotten on the wave to wealth, pushing the next big idea in dieting. Low fat, low carbs, protein shakes, there are so many conflicting ideas out there and yet we continue (as a nation) to get heavier. What gives???

DIETS DON'T WORK!! At least, not long term. Any diet that is on the market today is a form of short-term starvation. You will lose weight, it will work for awhile. But, these plans are not lifestyle changes that you can stick to for the rest of your life. Consequently, when you are given the first opportunity to really eat (usually after you reach your goal weight), you may eat with such intensity that it feels uncontrollable.

Although this eating may feel uncontrollable, it is actually a normal response to starving (dieting). This post dieting response is often viewed as lack of willpower. But, you can't fight biology. When the body is starved, the brain sends out powerful signals to EAT!

Think about it. A person has been ship wrecked on a desert island. After a few weeks of finding very little available food, he finds a banana tree with plenty of low hanging fruit. He proceeds to eat 5 bananas in one sitting. Would you say that he lacks willpower? Or, would you say that he is eating in response to a biological need.

Intuitive Nutrition will give you freedom from the endless cycle of dieting, weight gain and dieting again. It allows you to take control of your own eating. Wouldn't it be nice to never have to worry about dieting ever again. Wouldn't it be great to eat your favorite foods and still lose weight? Intuitive Nutrition can help you take charge of your own body. Once you get it, you will never look back. I promise.