Intuitive Eating Myth: Perfect Stopping Point

  1. Heather says:

    Great points about not stressing about intuitive eating. Even a concept that is designed to relieve stress can create stress if we try too hard for perfection.

  2. kait says:

    LOVE!!! Great article 🙂
    I’ve done the same thing…eating intuitively then mildly panicking about when I’m done/full/satisfied/leaving something on my plate or whatever, basically just trying to implement some other “rule” because I always needed a rule to tell me what to eat, how to eat, when to eat ad nauseum.

  3. Nicely put. Quite a few people I’ve spoken to about intuitive eating seem to have it confused with ‘perfect’ mindfulness. I’ve always tended to eat a bit too fast. Now that I eat intuitively, erm, I still do. But I seem to eat a lot less than I used to at any given meal, frequently stopping with food still on the plate. So not paying attention, or eating slowly enough for my brain to ‘catch up’ doesn’t seem to cause any problems at all. Intuitive really is just that. The more you keep your brain out of it, the better it seems to work.

  4. Ali says:

    I so needed to hear this. Have been kicking off about how my kids/husband/cat/job prevent me from being impeccably mindful when I am eating and mess up my quest to find my ‘perfect stopping point’. Have also been rating my hunger and satiety in a little notebook EVERY TIME I EAT. Waaaaaaay too much information…. FUCK IT!

  5. Carolina says:

    Trying to reach the “perfect stopping point,” from a hunger/satiety cues perspective, has been making me under-eat over the past few weeks. Rather than allowing myself to cross the line into overeating, I’ve been stopping when hunger has been removed, but not when my appetite has been satisfied. It’s been a bit like having sex only to remove desire, but not to reach climax or post-coital endorphin afterglow.

    It occurred to me that such caution is keeping me off-balance. Rather than risking crossing the line, I try to always stay primly on the safe side. But I’m realizing that it’s better to cross the line and things will adjust themselves on their own, without my interference, over time.

  6. Ina Nikole Ray says:

    Thanks for the wonderful post! It does make me more calm about not being able to pull away right after hunger has disappeared. I find that in most cases if I do just that, I end up being hungry half an hour after I’ve eaten and I can’t stop obsessing over food till the next meal. Whereas when I eat past that, now after my restriction phase is over, I find that I don’t overeat. I actually eat until a very pleasant comfortable level of satiety. Even with this observation though I was having guilt from not being able to stop myself after hunger was gone. So thanks for this post. It relieved some anxiety.