Eat When You’re Hungry

28 Aug

I recently finished Portia de Rossi’s book on her eating disorder, Unbearable Lightness.  On the whole I enjoyed the book.  However, when I got to the Epilogue I was blown away.  The book chronicles her thoughts while she takes her 5’7″ frame from 130lbs down to 82lbs (as a reference, if you know me I’m 5’6″ and weigh around 138).

In the epilogue, she talks about what she learned about food, eating, herself and generally how bodies work from this ordeal.  And her realization is revolutionary.  In her starvation-binge/purge phase she would eat about 300 calories a day but when she would allow herself a treat like a single potato chip she would lose control and binge and then purge and over-exercise.

In recovery she realized that if she was allowed to eat whatever she wanted whenever she wanted then she wouldn’t stuff her face anymore.  She could eat when she was hungry, and stop when she was full.  

That there are no ‘good’ foods or ‘bad’ foods and therefore no indulgences to excuse.

Revelation, I know.

The long and complicated process of loving your body she broke down into three simple steps.

  1. Realize what your natural body weight is (130 for her, 138 for me).
  2. Become OK with that number.  It’s a fact.  It isn’t going to change.  Get over it.
  3. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.

Crazy right?  I think it’s brilliant.  Try it out.

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